What is the Sikh Research Journal

The Sikh Research Journal (SRJ) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal in the field of Sikh and Punjabi Studies. Contributions can be in all areas of Sikh and Punjabi Studies, including (but not limited to) art, architecture, culture, heritage preservation, history, language, literature and religion. Submissions from younger scholars are especially welcome. The SRJ encourages submissions that are accessible to members of the Sikh community outside academia, and to academics who are non-specialists in the field. The Sikh Foundation continues to provide the web platform for the SRJ, but an editorial collective of academics will manage the review process.

Sikh Research Journal considers only original, previously unpublished research/scholarship/commentary.  Manuscripts submitted to SRJ for review should not be concurrently under consideration with another journal.  All manuscripts submitted to SRJ will initially be screened by the SRJ editorial collective, and those deemed worthy of potential publication will generally be sent for external, usually double-blind, peer-review.  Authors can expect an editorial decision within about sixty days of submission.

For those interested in submitting articles to be published in the SRJ please review our style guide and submit section for more details.

Introducing our Editorial Team:

The members of our editorial team are highly accomplished academics, with published research on the Sikh community, as well as other topics.

Dr. Harleen Kaur – Lead Editor studies the subjectivity formation of the US Sikh Punjabi diaspora through empire, memory, and advocacy for social and political inclusion. Her current project – Martialing Race – traces the co-optation of Sikh embodied sovereignty and community negotiations for safety and recognition into empire- and state-driven tactics of increased surveillance, militarization, and policing. Her passion project is utilizing Sikhi’s radical notion of Oneness as a driver for higher community consciousness rooted in an intersectional, anti-oppression framework. Dr. Kaur is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University and received her PhD in sociology from University of California, Los Angeles.

dr. prabhdeep singh kehal – Lead Editor investigates how racism, cisheterosexism, and colonialism are experienced in cultural organizations, asking what constitutes anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-casteist strategies of cultural inclusion in two ongoing projects. In a book project, they explore how cultural change and demographic inclusion unfold in debates of junior, tenure-track professors’ hireability. In their ongoing project, they conduct oral histories with LGBTQIA+ Sikhs to explore how Sikhs feel included in sangat and nation as they navigate experiences of cisheterosexism and settler colonialism through Sikhi. dr. kehal is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received their PhD in sociology from Brown University, and uses they/them pronouns.

Sonia Dhami – Managing Editor is a Trustee of the Sikh Foundation International. She is the co-editor of “Sikh Art from the Kapany Collection” a definitive volume on Sikh Art co-published with the Smithsonian Institution. She has also edited a richly illustrated volume, “Games We Play”. Her work with Sikh institutions demonstrates the confluence of art, history, religion, and community. She graduated from St. Bede’s College Shimla and earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana.

Meet our Team

Contents: Volume 8 Number 1