UTM Campus, 1599 Outer Circle Mississauga, ON L5L 1J7
Arvind-Pal S. Mandair (University of Michiga)
This lecture examines some seminal moments and motivating impulses in the rise and development of Sikh philosophy from its pre-philosophical roots to its current state as an emerging field of inquiry. Against the somewhat clichéd image of Sikh philosophy as a discourse tethered to an ethno-religious context, I bring attention to a neglected impulse that motivates Sikh philosophy, namely, diasporicity. Not to be confused with conventional understandings of diaspora as a sociological descriptor of peoples’ uprooting from a homeland, diasporicity functions here as a critical concept in its own right with implications for how we think about the nature of Sikh philosophy and its purpose in a decolonizing world.