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Conversations in Sikh Studies with Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer
Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, in conversation with professors of Sikh Studies in universities across the USA, Canada, Europe, India, and Pakistan on the topic of Sikh Studies at their respective Universities. Although Sikh Studies is broadly accepted and a number of new chairs have been created, people, in general, are not aware of the diversity and quality of work the professors are enabling. These Webinars aim to enhance the general interest in Sikh Studies.

Feb 6, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer
@UC Santa Barbara
Mark Juergensmeyer is professor of global studies,professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the founding director of the Global and International Studies Program and the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including the co-authored God in the Tumult of the Global Square: Religion in Global Civil Society, Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, Gandhi's Way, and more. He is the recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for contributions to the study of religion, and was awarded the Silver Award of the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence in Spain.
Dr. Opinderjit K Takhar
@University of Wolverhampton
Dr. Opinderjit Kaur Takhar is an internationally recognised researcher within Sikh Studies and Director of the Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. Her work on Punjabi Dalits and identity formation has been published in a number of books. She is undertaking further research into the current activities towards distinct identity amongst the Ravidassia community and the implications of the installation of Amritbani Guru Ravidass in replace of the Guru Granth Sahib in Ravidassia places of worship. Her publication on ‘Sikh Identity: An exploration of Groups among Sikhs’ (Ashgate 2005) is used as a key text in many Universities around the world. Takhar’s research is on-going in terms of caste issues and gender dynamics amongst Punjabis, and Sikhs specifically. She is currently supervising two research projects and welcomes enquiries from prospective researchers.