4th Sikh Studies Conference -UC Riverside

The conference panels are open to the public. Information about the conference can be viewed here, click for PDF

4th Sikh Studies Conference“Living and Making Sikhi in the Diaspora: The Millennial Generation Comes of Age” May 8-10, 2015

Living and Making Sikhi in the Diaspora: The Millennial Generation Comes of Age” May 8-10, 2015- UC Riverside

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California Riverside and the Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies are pleased to announce their 4th international Sikh Studies conference to be held for three days on May 8-10, 2015 at CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, Symposium Room (1113 INTS). The conference is being organized by Dr. Pashaura Singh, Chair of the Religious Studies Department and holder of the Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini Chair, Dr. Verne A. Dusenbery, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Global Studies Department at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Dr. Charles M. Townsend, Lecturer in Religious Studies at UC Riverside and a recent graduate of the doctoral program in Religious Studies at UCR.

Thirty scholars, representing academic institutions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., other European countries, India, and Singapore will present papers at the conference. The conference will open with welcoming remarks by Dr. Paul J. D’Anieri, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UC Riverside. UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Interim Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Shaun Bowler will give special remarks at the dinner reception for conference participants on the first evening of the conference. The keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Gurmohan Singh Walia, the Vice Chancellor of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, India.

The theme of the conference is: Living and Making Sikhi in the Diaspora: The Millennial Generation Comes of Age.The term ‘Millennials’ (a.k.a. ‘Generation Y’) has been applied to the generation reaching young adulthood in the early 2000s. This is the generation that has grown up during the current era of ‘globalization’ characterized by increased global interconnections and consciousness thereof. Politically, their lives have been shadowed by a ‘global war on terror’. Economically, they have experienced a global economic recession. Culturally, they came of age as ‘digital natives’ for whom the internet and other forms of information technology connect them to others near and far.

4th Sikh Studies ConferenceKeynote speaker, Dr. Gurmohan Singh Walia, Vice Chancellor of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, India.

Among Sikhs in the diaspora, Millennials are frequently a generation or more removed from ancestral roots in Punjab. These are young Sikhs who have been born and raised in North America, the UK, Australia, and throughout Europe whose grandparents or parents emigrated between the 1950s and 1980s. Their worldviews and life experiences thus reflect the societies in which they have been born and raised, and their experience of Punjab is often limited or second hand. As a result, questions of distinguishing Sikhi (Sikh practices) from Punjabiyat (Punjabi culture) and of representing Sikhism and Sikh interests to others in the multicultural and religiously pluralist cultures in which they live are often at the forefront of their concerns.

In line with the ‘town and gown’ theme and aspirations of previous Sikh Studies conferences at UC Riverside, the conference will bring together Sikh Studies scholars, diaspora Sikh youth activists, and community members to explore the ways in which Millennial Sikhs of the diaspora are making and living Sikhism in various settings around the globe.

The conference panels are open to the public. Information about the conference can be viewed here, click for PDF

For more information about the conference, contact Ryan Mariano, Events Coordinator of UCR’s Multidisciplinary Unit: 951-827-6427.

 

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