Call for Papers
For the past five years, the Jakara Movement has created a forum for graduate students and researchers, working on various projects related to Sikh and Punjab Studies, to come together, share, and challenge one another. Since last year, we have found a home with Stanford University’s Center of South Asia and have formed an engaging partnership.
We are pleased to announce our call for papers for Sikholars 2014. The Sikholars conference has attracted young scholars from over three continents and twenty–five universities. With topics ranging from Khalistani nationalism to Unix Coding for Gurmukhi, from sex-selective abortion to diasporic literature analysis, from the history of Nihangs in the court of Ranjit Singh to the North American bhangra circuit, from Sikh sculpture and architecture to representations of masculinity in Punjabi films, we encourage the widest possible range of those pursuing graduate studies on Sikh and Punjab Studies.
Researchers from all disciplines are welcomed and panels will be formed around their various themes—this year we seek to form two panels for special consideration.
Theeja Ghallughara: Justice, Memory, & Transmission
As 2014 marks the 30th year memorial since the attack at Darbar Sahib by Indian Armed forces in June 1984, this year we will hold a special panel discussing the battle, its aftermath, and its effects. We seek special papers for this panel that explore topics related to the theme. From ethnography to sociology, from internet studies to musicology, from history to anthropology, we welcome any number of approaches. Please indicate on the application if your subject is related to this theme.
Technology and Entrepreneurship Panel
Due to the widespread interest and demand from attendees and our vicinity to the hub of technological innovation, we again will have a special panel devoted to technological entrepreneurship. The panel will be limited to three panelists. Last year we were excited to host Harjeet Tagger, a partner at Y-Combinator.
The conference will be held over the President’s Day weekend from February 15–16, 2014 at Stanford University. It is sponsored by the Center for South Asia at Stanford University and the Jakara Movement.
Proposals for individual papers should be no more than 250 words in length and may be uploaded at the conference website, with a current CV/resume.
Abstracts Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013.
Last year, 150+ community members came to participate and converse. We expect an even greater attendance this year with more thought-provoking papers. Be part of the conversation and mark your calendars for this unique experience.