Contemporary Sikhism

Aston University’s Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC) is pleased to invite you to an inter-disciplinary symposium on Contemporary Sikhism, on Friday 9th March, 1:15-5pm at Aston University, Birmingham.

The symposium is organised by CCISC members Dr Sarah-Jane Page and Dr Demelza Jones as part of the Centre’s Religion and Belief theme of work.

The event will include keynote talks from Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar (Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Wolverhampton) on Sikhi & the Sikhs: Responses to challenges and issues in contemporary British society; and Dr Jasjit Singh (Research Fellow, University of Leeds) on the idea, context, framing & realities of ‘Sikh radicalisation’ In Britain.

There will also be a panel session and discussion of Sikhism, gender and sexuality with contributions from Dr Jagbir Jhutti Johal (Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, University of Birmingham) on Sikh Dharam – gender equality, cultural change and ‘breaking glass ceilings’; and Mandeep Sehmi (PhD candidate and Research Assistant, Coventry University) on the Sikh LGBT community and Anand Karaj (wedding ceremony).

The event is free with tea, coffee and cake provided. Academics, students, practitioners and members of the public are welcome. Places are limited – to book please contact