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Associate Professor and S.C.S.B Endowed Professor of Sikh Studies
202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111 Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608
Office Location(s): 6155 STB
Though grounded in the study of Sikhism and South Asian religions, my research is located at the intersections of various disciplines such as: Modern European Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy; Postcoloniality; Colonial History of India; Postcolonial theory; Critical Theories of Religion and the Secular; Hermeneutics; Mysticism and Self-Transformation and its relationship to Ethics in the South Asian context; Translation theory and practice. My first monograph Religion and the Specter of the West (2009) looked at the colonial and postcolonial encounter between India and the West, specifically through the lens of Sikhism. Currently I am working on two further book projects. The first, Self-Transformations: Between Sikhism and Western Thought (delivered as the Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion, SOAS, 2009) explores key categories of Sikh thought and praxis and allows me to return to my intellectual roots which are in comparative philosophy and religion. The second Mourning Sovereignty, looks at various Sikh discourses in relation to public space. I am also working on a co-authored book on Sikh ethics. I am interested in supervising graduate students in all aspects of Sikh Studies, particularly those students who combine solid empirical work with an openness to questioning the categories and frameworks within which scholarship is produced.
Literature, Language and Teachings of the Sikh Scriptures (Gurbani Vichar) graduate level independent study only.
Asian Languages & Cultures
Thayer Street BuildingSuite 6111202 South Thayer Street
Ann Arbor, MI