Sarbjit Singh Aurora Conference Scholars

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The Sarbjit Singh Aurora Conference Travel Scholarships were awarded to doctoral students in Sikh Studies to support their attendance at the conference. Students submitted applications including CVs, statements and letters of reference.

Toby Braden JohnsonToby Braden Johnson is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on the use and interpretation of Sikh narratives about the life of Guru Nanak. He has articles on modern children’s literature presentations of these as well as their historical traditions. Toby’s work employs theories based in historiography, narratives studies and cognitive science to explore the construction and transmission of traditional Sikh teachings through these stories.

Simran Jeet SinghSimran Jeet Singh is a PhD student in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He has earned an MA from the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures of Columbia University (2009), an MTS in South Asian Religious Traditions from Harvard Divinity School (2008), and a BA in English and Religious Studies from Trinity University (2006). Simran’s is interested in devotional traditions and literatures of pre-modern South Asia, particularly in the region of Punjab, and his research focuses on Guru Nanak and janamsakhi traditions.

John WarnekeJohn Warneke is a doctoral student in the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation research examines Miri Piri Academy, an international boarding school located outside of Amritsar. Established by the Euro-American Sikh community, the school curriculum blends Western secular education with elements of the Sikh lifestyle with the intent to have a direct effect on the mind, body, and spirit of the pupils. Utilizing approaches afforded by educational anthropology and sociolinguistics, John explores how students within this milieu interact with one another, faculty, and members of the community.

Elizabeth WeiglerElizabeth Weigler graduated from Ripon College in May of 2010 with a BA in Anthropology and History, and is currently enrolled as a graduate student of cultural anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She plans to research Sikh masculinity as it pertains to religious and ethnic self identification in the United States.

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