Ghost Town and The Casual Vacancy: Sikhs in the Writings of Western Women Novelists by Eleanor Nesbitt

Fall 2020 Abstract In 2012 the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee demanded that the novelistJK Rowling removes offensive text from her novel, The Casual Vacancy. This article focuses on theappropriateness of the Sikh-related content of two 21st-century novels –JK Rowling’s The CasualVacancy and Catriona Troth’s Ghost Town – against the backdrop of previous … Read more

Building an Open-Source Nanakshahi Calendar: Identity and a Spiritual and Computational Journey by Arvinder Singh, Amandeep Singh, Amarpreet Singh, Harvinder Singh, Parm Singh

Fall 2020 Abstract Until the late twentieth century, Sikhs continued to use multiple calendars, mostly the Bikramicalendar, for determining dates for important Sikh events. The Bikrami calendar is longer than thetropical year and has issues such as a shifting relationship with seasons. Pal Singh Purewal proposedthe Nanakshahi calendar in 1992. It was adopted by the … Read more

Sikhs as Implicated Subjects in the United States: A Reflective Essay on Gurmat-Based Interventions in the Movement for Black Lives by Harleen Kaur & prabhdeep singh kehal

Fall 2020 Abstract As a largely migrant-descendant community in the United States, Sikhs at a national level havetaken on normative frameworks of model minority representation and respectability politics. Attimes, this has been posed as a practice in the name of the faith, framing involvement with stateinstitutions or partisan politics as representative of the framework of … Read more

Book Colloquium: Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper by Mallika Kaur

Fall 2020 Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Activism: Challenging Hegemony byGiving “Voice” to the Victims of State Violence in Punjabby Navkiran Kaur Chima The Punjab Conflict Retold: Extraordinary Suffering and Everyday Resistanceby Shruti Devgan The Potency of Sikh Memory: Time Travel and Memory Construction in theWake of Disappearanceby Harleen Kaur Journeying through Mallika Kaur’s Faith, … Read more

Remembrance for Professor Paul Wallace (1931-2020) by Jugdep S. Chima

Fall 2020 The field of Sikh and Punjab studies lost a senior member in political scientist PaulWallace, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 22 at his home inColumbia, Missouri. Professor Wallace had a distinguished career spanning overfive decades as an internationally-renowned expert on Indian politics, particularlySikh and Punjab politics, at the University … Read more