Young Sikhs in a Global World: Negotiating Identity, Tradition and Authority

 

The Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University organizes the conference “Young Sikhs in a Global World: Negotiating Identity, Tradition and Authority” on June 18 to 19, 2013. The conference is organized as a part of the Nordcorp project Sikh Identity Formation, in which Dr. Kristina Myrvold (Lund University), Prof. Knut A. Jacobsen (University of Bergen), Dr. Ravinder Kaur (University of Copenhagen), Prof. Hanna Snellman (University of Helsinki), and Dr. Laura Hirvi (University of Jyväskylä) participate. The Nordcorp project is funded by the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and Social Science (NOS-HS).

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars to discuss current research on young Sikhs with multicultural and transnational life-styles and how they interpret, shape and negotiate religious identity, tradition, and authority on an individual and collective level. The conference will also provide a forum for discussions about future collaboration between researchers in Europe, Asia and North America, and give young researchers an opportunity to discuss their projects with senior colleagues. The conference days will be dedicated to presentation and peer-review of papers, and all participants are expected to act as “critical friends” of 1 to 2 papers of others. Close to 40 doctoral students and researchers from 15 countries will participate in the event.

The conference is funded by grants from the Swedish Research Council, the Council for Swedish Working Life and Social Research, the Crafoord Foundation, the Helge Ax:son Johnson's Foundation, and the Elisabeth Rausing's Foundation.The organizing committee consists of Dr. Kristina Myrvold (Lund University), Dr. Laura Hirvi (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Ravinder Kaur (University of Copenhagen) and Prof. Knut A. Jacobsen (University of Bergen).                           

In connection with the conference the film maker Bobby Singh Bansal will show his documentary “The Sikhs of Kabul – A Forgotten Community” of 2012. The film is about the surviving Sikh community of Afghanistan who has been caught in political crossfire since the rise of the Taliban regime to power in 1992. The documentary is based on the personal testimonies of Afghan Sikhs who have been a part of the culture and heritage of Afghanistan since the seventeenth century and how they nowadays barely make a living to survive.                   

Venue: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 8, Lund, Sweden. 

 

 

http://www.sikhs-in-europe.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=195&Itemid=98

Time and Place:

Date:   Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013
Venue:   Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 8, Lund, Sweden, Lund University
Address:   Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 8, Lund, Sweden, Lund University
City/Twon:   Sweden
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