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Tara Singh and Balwant Kaur Chattha and Gurbax Singh and Kirpal Kaur Brar Sikh Studies ProfessorAssociate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
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 interests are located at the intersections of various disciplines such as: Modern European Philosophy; Comparative Philosophy; Postcolonial theory; Critical Theories of Religion and the Secular; Political Theology; Theories of Cultural Encounter and 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. A more recent book publication is Sikhism: A Guide For the Perplexed (2013). Currently I am working on three further book projects. The first, Untimely Logics (initially delivered as the Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion, SOAS, 2009), explores the question of time in Sikh literature and culture. The second project, Thinking Between Cultures, looks at the ethics of cultural encounter by deploying key categories of Sikh thought and praxis to engage related themes in figures like Deleuze, Nancy and Heidegger. These two book projects allow me to return to my intellectual roots which are in comparative philosophy and religion. The third project, Mourning Sovereignties, combines sociological/anthropological and discourse analysis to look at various Sikh discourses in relation to public space and moves in a directions that were signaled in my earlier work. I am also working on two further edited volumes. I am interested in supervising graduate students in all aspects of Sikh Studies, particularly those students who are able and willing to combine solid empirical and textual work and 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.
Center for South Asian Studies
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Ann Arbor, MI