Call for Papers

Join us for the 7th year as the Jakara Movement along with Stanford University’s Center of South Asia continue to showcase budding scholars and researchers, working on various projects related to Sikhs, to come together, share, and challenge one another..

We are pleased to announce our call for papers for Sikholars 2016. The Sikholars conference has attracted young scholars from over three continents and twenty–five universities. With topics ranging from Khalistan to Unix Coding, from sex-selective abortion to diasporic literature, from 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-related topics.

While all topics are welcomed and panels will be formed around their various themes—this year we seek to form two panels for special consideration.

Kaur Voices
For Sikholars 2016, we are hosting a special panel around the theme of Sikhi and feminism.  From the lives of Sikh women, to insights from texts past and present, to surveys of attitudes to gendered readings, 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, we again will have a special panel devoted to technological entrepreneurship. The panel will be limited to three panelists.

The conference will be held over the President’s Day weekend on February 13, 2016 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.

Last year, 175+ 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.

Abstracts Submission Deadline: January 3, 2016.