AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit provides a forum for highlighting the most recent and innovative scholarship in the area of Sikh studies. Our work draws from a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches — history, postcolonial theory, performance theory, popular culture, philosophy, literary criticism, gender studies, etc. — by both established scholars as well as those new to the field. Seeking a balance between critical theory and substantive content, we seek to call into question key critical terms, challenge established frames of reference, and offer innovative and alternative ways in which Sikhs and Sikhism can be understood and studied in the academy.
The Sikh Studies Unit invites papers on any topic related to Sikhism, with any methodological and theoretical approach, but in particular papers that address Sikh (or allied) musics, or, for a possible co-sponsored session with Bioethics and Religion, we welcome papers concerning any aspect of bioethics theory or practical issue from the perspective of Sikhism, or one that is comparative in nature. Papers addressing the conference theme of vulnerability are especially welcomed. We encourage persons interested in presenting with the Unit at the next annual meeting to contact the Chairs ahead of the submission date. We also strongly encourage the submission of papers and panels through this unit in conjunction with other units, to promote the development of co-sponsored sessions and to encourage the inclusion of content on the Sikh tradition across the AAR. Complete paper sessions or roundtable proposals and cosponsored sessions are especially welcome and will be prioritized, and we encourage those with participation from different ranks in the field (from graduate students to faculty) and reflecting diverse perspectives.