Lectures

Keynote Addresses, Conference Presentations, Public Outreach and Responses given by Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair on various topics.

 

Keynote Addresses:

  • University of California (Riverside) – “Guru Nanak in the Arena of Global Thought”, for conference:  Guru Nanak in a Global Age (May 2nd to 5th 2019)
  • University of Edinburgh, for Conference:  Translation and Religion: Interrogating Concepts, Methods and Practices, “Complicating Contact Zones”, University of Edinburgh, September 1-3 2016.
  • Westminister College, Keynote Address at the Philosophy Graduate Conference,  “Untimely Encounters”, March 23rd-24th 2015.
  • University of Manitoba, “Un-inheriting the Religion Secular Dialectic: The Case of the Sikhs”.  Keynote Address for the Symposium on Religion and Popular Practice in South Asia, University of Manitoba, March 7th to 8th.

 

Invited Lectures

2021 

 

2020 

 

2019

 

2018

  • Detroit Interfaith Lecture Series, November 28th
  • University of Michigan, Introduction to “Reclaiming Diasporicity” Conference, September 29th/30th 2018.
  • University of Michigan, “Talking about Mind” introduction for Mind/Brain/Consciousness Workshop”, April 26th 2018.

 

2017

  • Loyola Marymount University, “War Machines” an Invited Lecture for Conference: Spiritual Warriors, Loyola Marymount University, Feb 23rd to 24th 2017.
  • University of California, Riverside, Invited Lecture “Untimely Encounters” for Fifth Sikh Studies Conference Sikhs and South Asians in the Public Sphere: Precarious Minorities and the New Global Politics of Religion 
  • Loyola Marymount, “Introduction to the Feminisms Roundtable”, Los Angeles, Feb 25th 2017.
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 10: “Rethinking Violence in Sikhism” August 12th 2017.

2016

  • University of Edinburgh, Keynote Address, for Conference:  Translation and Religion: Interrogating Concepts, Methods and Practices, “Complicating Contact Zones”, University of Edinburgh, September 1-3 2016.
  • Virginia Tech, “Timing States: Untimely Event” lecture at conference Humanities Without Borders, Virginia Tech, Department of Religion, April 15th, 2016
  • University of Michigan, Event Encounters Workshop, “Diaspora Machines”, Michigan League, June 15th 2016.
  • Northwestern University, Keynote Address for Conference:  “Specters, Hauntings, Presences, Sikhs and Specters of the West”, October 7th to 9th 2016.
  • American Academy of Religion Meeting, Roundtable on Saba Mahmood’s Religious Difference in a Secular Age, Secularism and Secularity Group, November 20th 2016.
  • American Academy of Religion Meeting, “History and Philosophy in Sikh Studies” lecture for the Sikh Studies Group, November 21st 2016.
  • Complicating Contact Zones”, University of Edinburgh, September 1-3rd, 2016
  • Northwestern University, Keynote Address for Conference:  “Specters, Hauntings, Presences, Sikhs and Specters of the West”, October 7-9th, 2016 

 

2015

  • Westminister College, Keynote Address at the Philosophy Graduate Conference,  “Untimely Encounters”, March 23rd-24th 2015.
  • University of Michigan, “Teaching Sikhism”, Introduction for the Workshop on Teaching Sikhism, December 5th-6th, 2015

Public Outreach Lecture Series

  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 5: “The Khalsa”, Hidden Falls Center, Detroit, Michigan, Jan  2015.
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 6: Modernity and Colonialism 1” Hidden Falls Center, Detroit, Michigan, Jan  2015.
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 7: Modernity and Colonialism 2” Hidden Falls Center, Detroit, Michigan, Jan  2015.
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 8: Modernity and Colonialism 3” Hidden Falls Center, Detroit, Michigan, Jan  2015.
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 9: “What is Gurmat?”, Hidden Falls Center, Detroit, Michigan, Jan  2015.

 

2014

  • University of Manitoba, “Un-inheriting the Religion Secular Dialectic: The Case of the Sikhs”.  Keynote Address for the Symposium on Religion and Popular Practice in South Asia, University of Manitoba, March 7th to 8th.
  • Marygrove College, “Sikhs and Secularism”, Scholars Colloquy, Marygrove College, Detroit. Oct 2014
  • Uppsala University, “Sovereign Contradictions” for the Conference Modern Government, Sovereignty and the Category of Religion  at Uppsala University Conference, May 8th – 10th, 2014.
  • Carleton University, “Framing the Sikhs”, for the conference Deconstructing the Myth of Religious Violence, Carleton University, Canada,  Violence Conference,
  • Hofstra University, “Violence as Event”, Conference on Violence and 1984, October 2014.
  • Virginia Tech, “Violence and Secularism: Rethinking 1984”, invited lecture at Virginia Tech, Nov 4th 2014
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 2: “Guru Nanak in History”, first monthly lecture for Detroit Sikh Community, Hidden Falls Community Center, Plymouth, December 15th 2013.
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 3: “The Early Sikh Gurus”, Second monthly lecture for Detroit Sikh Community, Hidden Falls Community Center, Plymouth, January, 2014.
  • Detroit Lecture Series, Lecture 4: “The Later Sikh Gurus”, Detroit Sikh Community, Hidden Falls
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2013

  • Oxford University, Spalding Symposium, “ Virtual Sovereignty: Violence and Finitude in the Khalsa Myth”, April 5th-7th 2013; Merton College, Oxford.
  • University of California, Riverside, 3rd Sikh Studies Conference. Invited Lecture, “Sikh Philosophy as a Practice of Everyday Life”, May 2013.
  • London, Sikh Educational Conference “Sikh Studies: Bringing Together University and Grassroots Education” – lecture at Sikh Educational Conference, London, July 18th 2013.
  • American of Academy Annual Meeting, “Theorizing Encounter”, AAR Annual Meeting in Baltimore, History of Ideas Group. November 19th, 2013.
  • Hidden Falls Lecture Series, Lecture 1: Plymouth, Michigan December 6th 2013.

 

2012

  • American Academy of Religion, North American Religions Sections, Panel on Fessenden’s Culture and Redemption, November 2012.
  • University of Michigan, Center For South Asian Studies, “Vulnerable Minorities” Teach In. September 2012.
  • University of British Columbia, Law and Society Lecture Series, “Religion and the Specter of the West: A Conversation With Arvind-pal S. Mandair”, November 14th 2012.
  • University of British Columbia, “reflections on Oak Creek”, Law Building, Nov 15th. 2012.

 

2011

  • University of Michigan, “Sikh Studies and the Secular University”, Inaugural Lecture for the Endowed Chair in Sikh Studies, Rackham Amphitheater, Dec. 8th 2011.
  • American Academy of Religion Meeting, “Response to Discussion on Religion and the Specter of the West
  • American Academy of Religion Meeting (DANAM Session), “Sovereignty and the Khalsa”

 

2010

  • U.C. Berkeley, Roundtable and Symposium on Religion and the Specter of the West, June 19th-20th, 2010.
  • Hofstra University, “Gurmat Sangeet” presentation for a workshop on Sikh Music and Hermenutics May 21st 2010.
  • Sikh Foundation of Michigan Annual Lecture, Detroit, “Sikhs and Violence”, May 14th 2010.

 

2009

  • SOAS, University of London, Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion (2009):
  • UF, Experts Meeting, presented paper on “Sikhism and karma”, October 31st – 2nd Nov 2009.
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison), Panel Presentation on “Sikh Ethnonationalism”, October 2009.
  • U.C. Berkeley, organized the workshop and presented paper on “Sikhs and 1984”, September 2009.
  • University of Birmingham (UK), “Mourning Sovereignty: Rethinking Sikh Ethno-nationalism”, May 2009.

 

2002-2006

  • University of California (Berkeley), “Sikhs and Public Space”, May 31st –June 2nd 2007.
  • Lebanon Valley College, “Religion, Secularism and Indian Democracy”, April 18th 2007.
  • Imperial College (University of London), “Sikhs in the UK: Fact Fiction and Future”, April 5th 2006.
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor): “The Politics of Non-Duality: Unravelling Modern Sikh Hermeneutics”, South Asian Studies, December 9th 2005.
  • University of California (Berkeley): Key note Address for the conference on Translating Cultures: Sikh and Punjab Studies in Global Perspective, November 11th-12th 2005.
  • University of California (Irvine), “The Repetition of Past Imperialisms”, Centre for Critical Theory.
  • Stony Brook University, “The Ontotheologic of South Asian Studies”, India Studies Center, April, 2004.
  • Oxford University:   27th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, “Reconstituting Gurmat:  Time and Subjectivity in the Sikh Reformist Discourses”, March 27th-29th 2002.
  • San Diego: Nov. 19th 2007, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Paper Presented “Repetition Without Origin”.
  • Boston: March 25th 2007 Association of Asian Studies, Annual Meeting.
  • “Repetition Without Origins” in panel on Time and History in South Asian Pasts.
  • Philadelphia: November 2005 Annual Meeting of  the American Academy of Religion, Two separate 1000 word proposals accepted through blind peer review for presentation in:
  • Panel A21 (World)-Religionization: The Politics of Religion Making, jointly sponsored by the Comparative Studies in Religion and the Critical Discourses on Religion Groups;
  • Panel A22: Empire, Globalization and Religion: Interactions With Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, sponsored by the Continental Philosophy and Theology Group.
  • Atlanta: November 2003 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Religion, 1000 word Proposal Accepted through Blind Review for Presentation in Panel A119:  Theology and Religious Reflection Section: Panel theme: Religion and Post-Colonialism.
  • Toronto: November 2002 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Religion.  1000 word Proposal Accepted through Peer Review Process for presentation at Panel A173: Philosophy of Religion, Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Section.
  • Madison: October 2005 “Discursive Formations of Sikhness” presented at The 34th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin.
  • University of Leeds, “South Asians in Britain”, International Workshop:  17th December 2002.
  • Buxton (UK), Religion and Violence: An International Workshop, “Pathologies of the Modern Sikh Imaginary: Violence, Separatism and the ‘Middle Ground’ of Sikhism”, September 1st –3rd, 2002.
  • University of Lancaster:  Continental Philosophy of Religion, Panel Presentation: “Theorizing Religions”, July 2000.
  • Hofstra University, International Workshop on Sikhism and Critical Theory, “Transcendence and Singh Sabha Theology: Redefining the Terms of the Critical”, September 13th, 2002.
  • Birmingham University October 25th 2003:  Beyond the Politics of Recognition: Rethinking Sikh-Christian Dialogue” Paper to be presented at International Conference on “Sikhism and Inter-religious Relations”.
  • Union Theological Seminary, International Conference on Conflict Resolution: A Dialogue Among Cultures and Religions, “Rhetorics of Conflict and Love in Guru Gobind Singh’s Literature”, April 20-21, 2002.
  • United Nations, Geneva, Plenary Session on Race and Multiculturalism, April 2000.

Contact

Arvind-Pal S. Mandair
Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures

Tara Singh & Balwant Kaur Chattha, Gurbax Singh & Kirpal Kaur Brar Professor of Sikh Studies

Philosophy/Religion/Postcolonial Theory/Sikh Studies/South Asian Studies

Email: amandair@umich.edu
Phone: 734.763.6307
Office: 202 South Thayer Street
Office 6016
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

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