Discovering Sikhism Open Day

Discovering Sikhism Open Day

11 December 2015

On Saturday 28 November, the Oxford University Sikh Society held its annual 'Discovering Sikhism' Open Day at St Antony's College. The free event is held each year to engage members of the public in a friendly, open and intellectually-stimulating discussion about the latest work relating to Sikhism being carried out by researchers and artists from a variety of backgrounds. This was the fourth event of the series, which has so far been hosted entirely at St Antony's, and this year saw the richest and most lively conversations taking place amongst a group of approximately 40 assembled guests and speakers from all over the country.

The event included a presentation by Professor Pritam Singh (Oxford Brookes University) about a new campaign to establish a Punjab & Sikh Studies Chair at a Oxford (a long-term goal of the Sikh Society); a talk by Mr Ravi Singh of the charity, Khalsa Aid, about his international humanitarian work and the social challenges he has faced as a turban-wearing Sikh whilst working in the conflict zones of the Middle East; a stirring poetry recital by Jaspreet Kaur Sangha (which can be viewed here), discussing themes of mental health, gender violence and cultural politics; and finally, a talk by Dr Jasjit Singh (Leeds University) sharing his research into the ways in which British Sikh youth use the internet to engage with their faith, and some of the problems that can arise due to uncritical reliance on online English translations of the Sikh holy text, the Guru Granth Sahib.

The kind hospitality of the College was greatly appreciated by attendees.