The American Academy of Religion (AAR) works with a mission to promote “continual reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion”. The 2012 AAR Annual Meeting held in Chicago this November included a Sikh Studies Group session organized by co-chairs Professors Nikky Guninder K. Singh and Mike Hawley and was presided over by Prof. Louis Fenech of the University of Northern Iowa. After the panel on Sikh(ism) in Context(s): Text, Transnationalism, Sikh Dharma, and Film, a dozen of the participants including professors and students of Sikhism from across the United States continued their engaging conversations over lunch.
The AAR session included highlights of various academic papers presenting the Sikh experience from diverse perspectives. A condensed abstract of each paper follows its title:
Upon completion of the AAR session, Professors Nikky Singh and Mike Hawley – invited the gathering to join them for lunch at a restaurant hosted by the Sikh Foundation. Most of the panelists and several members in the audience walked over to the restaurant and engaged in inspirational conversation. Professor Nikky Singh wonderfully organized and promoted the luncheon. As Professor Hawley says, “it is over a shared meal that relationships are built, associations made, and (scholarly) friendships are fostered”. The luncheon hosted by The Sikh Foundation at this year’s AAR Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for professors and scholars of Sikh Studies from across the United States to do just that by participating in this enriching experience.
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Article courtesy of Sikh Foundation, edited by Sikh Nugget.