Weren’t able to attend SAFAR’s Sikh Feminist Research Conference: Our Journeys: To Know is Not Enough 2014? Don’t worry! Below are audio recordings of all those who presented papers at SAFAR! For biographies of each speaker and more information about their papers, click here.
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Key Note Panel: Sikh Feminism: What do we Know?
Dr. Inderpal Grewal, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
Dr. Inderpal Grewal most recently taught at University of California, Irvine, where she was director of Women’s Studies and of the PhD Program in Culture and Theory. Her research interests include transnational feminist theory, gender and globalization, human rights, NGOs and theories of civil society, theories of travel and mobility, South Asian cultural studies, and postcolonial feminism. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (Duke University Press, 1996) and Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (Duke University Press, 2005), and with Caren Kaplan has written and edited Gender in a Transnational World: Introduction to Women’s Studies (Mc-Graw Hill 2001, 2005) and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational: Feminist Practices (University of Minnesota Press, 1994). Currently she is working on a book length project on the relation between feminist practices and security discourses. She is also co-editing (with Victoria Bernal, UC Irvine, Anthropology) an edited collection entitled The NGO Boom: Critical Feminist Practices.
Nikky-Gunirder Kaur Singh, Religious Studies Department Chair, Colby College
Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and a Crawford Family Professor at Colby College. She has published extensively in the field of Sikhi, including books Of Sacred and Secular Desire, An Anthology of Lyrical Writings from the Punjab (IB Tauris 2012); Sikhism: An Introduction (IB Tauris 2011); Cosmic Symphony (Sahitya Akademy, 2008); The Birth of the Khalsa (SUNY 2005); The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent (1993); Sikhism (translated into several languages including Japanese) (1993); The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus (1995; 2001); Metaphysics and Physics of the Guru Granth Sahib (1981). Her views have also been aired on television and radio in America, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, India, and Bangladesh. Professor Nikky Singh was born in India, and came to attend Stuart Hall, a Girls’ Preparatory School in Virginia. She received her BA in Philosophy and Religion from Wellesley College, her MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. from Temple University.
Palbinder Shergill. Q.C, Lawyer
Ms. Palbinder Kaur Shergill completed her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. Called to the B.C. bar in 1991, Palbinder is a lawyer and certified mediator. She specializes in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, and constitutional law. She was appointed to the Queens Counsel in 2012. In addition to practicing civil and personal injury litigation, Ms. Shergill has been the General Counsel for the World Sikh Organization for over 20 years. Palbinder’s work towards the advancement of human rights law in Canada has resulted in her appearing as counsel in landmark human rights cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Palbinder is currently a Governor for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. She has served as a Director of the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) Board from 2002-2008 and as National Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section. Palbinder is an active volunteer in pro bono legal clinics, and often serves as a guest lecturer at universities, high schools, and various community organizations, on issues relating to human rights, law, politics, and gender equity.
Panel: Unheard Voices: What Don’t We Know?
“Sikh Women During the Punjab Counter-Insurgency (1984-1995)” by Tarnjit Kaur
Panel: Praxis: Knowledge Into Action
The 19th century was termed the “Century of the Child” by Swedish educator and feminist Ellen Key (Dekker, 2000). There have been many strides in the domain of Children’s Rights but by and large the children of Punjab are struggling to access the rights granted to them (United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2004). As a PhD student at Queen’s University in Kingston, I am in the process of writing my dissertation around children’s rights in Punjab and Ontario. My project looks at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and how it fails to have influence in Punjab.
Concluding Remarks: Mallika Kaur
Mallika Kaur is a lawyer and writer who’s foci is on gender and minority issues in the United States and South Asia. She has worked on issues including farmer suicides, feticide, prisoner rights, and family violence. She is the Director of Programs for the initiative on Armed Conflict Resolution and People’s Rights, housed at University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as a pro bono attorney for CORA, a domestic violence agency in Northern California as well as Board Member for SAFAR, the Sikh Feminist Research Institute. Kaur holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. Kaur is a Founding Board Member of the Sikh Family Center.