Crawford Family Professor of Religion, Colby College
Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is the Crawford Professor of Religious Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Her interests focus on sacred poetics, art, and feminist issues. Dr. Singh has published extensively in the field of Sikh religion; her books include Of Sacred and Secular Desire (2012), Sikhism (2011) and Metaphysics and Physics of the Guru Granth Sahib (Sterling 1981). She serves on the editorial board of several journals including the History of Religions, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Sikh Formations.
I started teaching a full-fledged seminar on Sikhism at Colby College in 1986. Since then there have been major historical shifts. What does it mean to teach Sikhism in the western academy today? How do we promote the study of Sikhism in institutions that do not have endowed Sikh Chairs? How do we bring Sikhism into classes beyond religious studies?