Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 710 Social Sciences,West Bank
Talk title: Sikhism, Punjabi and the North American University
In its inaugural issue, in 1899, the Khalsa Samachar announced that the newspaper aimed to "propagate Sikh religion, education, Punjabi language, and Gurmukhi." While this phrase seems to take the link between religion and language for granted, Professor Sawhney aims to explore the ramifications of such linkages, and the consequent identities they evoke and reify. Focusing on the North American context, her paper discusses the benefits and dilemmas of housing Punjabi in various institutional frameworks (Area Studies, Religion, Ethnic Studies, etc.) within the university system, and the effect of such placements not only on the identity of the Punjabi diasporic community, but also on the notion of academic freedom as enshrined in the university systems.
About the speaker:
Sabina Sawhney is an Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University.
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