Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Research seminar on Sikhism by Prof Anne Murphy (UBC, Canada)

Prof Murphy will discuss her recent research on the formations of Sikh ethical discourses in the colonial period.

"Formations of the ethical Sikh subject in the era of British colonial reform" This paper will present preliminary results of recent research on the formations of Sikh ethical discourses in the colonial period and their connection to the idea of sevā (service) and other linked concepts in Sikh canonical sources. The paper traces the contours of Sikh ethical practice in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to discern how colonial forms of knowledge molded—and did not mold—Sikh ethical engagement in relation to evolving ideas of reform, community mobilization organized around religious identity, and new forms of knowledge production and dissemination with the onset of the wide use of the printing press in the region. *************** Anne Murphy is Assistant Professor and Chair of Punjabi Language, Literature, and Sikh Studies at the University of British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Religion in 2005 and her Master’s degree in Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Washington. Her research interests focus on the historical formation of religious communities in Punjab and northern South Asia, with particular but not exclusive attention to the Sikh tradition. Her monograph, The Materiality of the Past: History and Representation in Sikh Tradition, will be published by Oxford University Press this September, and her edited volume Time, History and the Religious Imaginary in South Asia came out from Routledge in 2011. The Materiality of the Past explores the construction of Sikh memory and historical consciousness around material representations and religious sites from the eighteenth century to the present. Other research interests concern the formations of modern Punjabi literature, and particularly the articulation of the secular within it, and the historical formations of social service or “seva” within Sikh tradition, the subject of her paper at UCC.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Date:
Time: 3pm
Location: UCC, O'Rahilly Building room 2.01
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € FREE
Contact: Brian Bocking
021 490 2359
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