‘The Home Beyond Home’: Dr. Balbinder S. Bhogal in conversation with Dr. Sunny Dhillon


  • Dr. Balbinder S. Bhogal Hofstra University, New York
  • Dr. Sunny Dhillon Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), Lincoln, UK




Decolonization, Embodied Cognition, Middle Way, Pluriversal, Translation


This piece is a lightly edited transcript of an interview with Dr. Bhogal conducted by Sunny in late 2022 in Nottingham, UK. Key themes that emerge concern the untranslatable aspects of ‘religion’ (Derrida, 2002), finding a spiritual home, negotiating the dialectic between bodily wisdom and linguistic expression, as well as how to possibly lead a life of integrity in the face of myriad challenges.


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Author Biographies

Dr. Balbinder S. Bhogal, Hofstra University, New York

Dr. Balbinder S. Bhogal (balbinder.bhogal@hofstra.edu) is the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies at Hofstra University, New York. Dr. Bhogal was previously associate professor in South Asian religions and cultures, Division of Humanities, Faculty of Arts at York University in Toronto. He received his PhD from London University, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2001, and his BA (hons) from Lancaster University. He has served as a professor in departments of religion, philosophy and humanities in universities in England, the United States and Canada. Dr. Bhogal’s interests include South Asian religions and cultures, specializing in Sikh Studies, particularly the philosophy and critical interpretation of the Guru Granth Sahib; the relationship and interaction between Indian philosophy and Western/Continental philosophy; and the study of mysticism, orientalist and decolonial discourses.

Dr. Sunny Dhillon, Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), Lincoln, UK

Dr. Sunny Dhillon (sunny.dhillon@bishopg.ac.uk) is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), Lincoln, UK. Sunny conducted his doctoral research through the Philosophy department at Cardiff University, focusing upon the concept of Utopia. Sunny’s research interests include Critical Theory (The Frankfurt School), Nietzsche, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Utopia, and Philosophy of Education.


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How to Cite

Bhogal, B., & Dhillon, S. (2024). ‘The Home Beyond Home’: Dr. Balbinder S. Bhogal in conversation with Dr. Sunny Dhillon. Sikh Research Journal, 8(2), 30–55. https://doi.org/10.62307/srj.v8i2.7