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In partnership with
The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE)
At The Ontario Institute of Studies & Education (OISE)
University of Toronto
October 1st, 2011 - 8:00am to 6:30pm
"Our Journeys" brings to light the high caliber of research being carried out to explore our collective past, present and future of gender equality.
It's an opportunity for scholars and community members alike to openly connect, converse and engage in a dialogue and critical thinking about gender related issues that demand to be voiced, and heard, in order to be addressed.

In the spirit of sangat this conference endeavors to be inclusive, and accessible to the spectrum of diversity within the Sikh and non-Sikh communities.


OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies & Education)
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON Canada

October 1st, 2011 - 8:00AM to 6:30PM


Online registration for the conference through Eventbrite is now open. In order to keep it accessible to all, the registration fee is a PWYC (Pay What You Can) model, with a minimum suggestion of $10 or more for those who can manage.
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We're grateful to all our supporters who've enabled us to make this event accessible to all.

Transportation & Accommodations

For anyone coming out of town for the conference requiring possible assistance with transportation and accommodations for the conference, please contact us at

A special University of Toronto Conference rate can be booked at the nearby Holiday Inn hotel, located at 280 Bloor St. W. Please visit the following link for more details on accommodation options, shared with us generously by CWSE at OISE

Underground parking is available at the OISE building for a flat rate of $6 on weekends, accessible through Prince Arthur Ave.

The OISE building is located right above and can be accessed directly from the St. George Subway station.

About Safar

Safar is a non-profit organization, established to collect, conduct, and openly share research that analyzes and addresses the issues of gender inequality.

Click here to Learn more about Safar

For any comments, questions or other feedback contact us via email at safar[@]


Detailed information on the panels, speakers, and the presentations can be viewed by clicking on the links.

08:15 AM Registration & Breakfast
09:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
09:15 AM Keynote Panel: Reconnecting the disconnect: A Sikh Feminist Gosht

A reflection through theology, literary analysis, and history exploring how Sikh feminism can drive social change. Read More

A Thealogical Exploration of Sikhi Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Colby College

Diaspora Journeys: The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Geetanjali Singh Chanda, Yale University

What the Rehat Remembers: Claiming & Cultivating the Feminist Currents of the Sikh Rehat Maryada Mallika Kaur, CORA -Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse

Facilitated by Tarnjit Kaur, Executive Director, SAFAR

10:40 AM Break
11:00 AM Panel 1: Disrupting History

An exploration of historical moments changing Sikh gender identity, and the present motivations for Sikh feminism impacting social justice activismRead More

The Highest Path: The Aura of Anandpur Deep Singh, University of California

A Comparative Postcolonial Analysis: The Gendered Identity Construction and Representations of Sikhs in Colonial and Postcolonial Culture and Media Jaspal Kaur Singh, North Michigan University

Old and New Questions for the Study of Sikhi and Gender Brian Keith Axel, University of California Santa Cruz

Ik Onkar: Our Sacred Feminist PracticeTejpreet Kaur, The Sikh Coalition

Facilitated by Harinder Singh, SikhRI
12:30 AM Lunch
01:30 PM Panel 2A | Gursikhi: Intersections, Parallels & Gaps

Examination of how Sikh philosophy, scriptures, and codes of conduct both produce, affect and are affected by gender relations.Read More

Masculinized Translations: Problems of Reading Gender into Sikh Scripture Simran Jeet Singh, Columbia University

Hair Speaks: Sikh Women Voicing Spiritual, Sexual, and Identity Body PoliticKirpa Kaur, Independent Scholar

Khalsa Yogiji's Teachings as a Feminist Force Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa, Independent Scholar

Saheli in Sikhism Sonia Arora, Independent Scholar

Facilitated by Harpreet Kaur, Chair, SAFAR
  Panel 2B | Lived Experiences: Sikh Women, Work & Society

A discussion on how societal issues pertaining to Sikhi and gender affect women's lived experiences and their relationships to work, both in Punjab and in the diaspora.Read More

How Does Social Science Research Become Part of a Researcher's Spiritual Journey Ravneet Kaur Tiwana, University of California

Women Farmers of Punjab: Forgotten Voices From The Plains Bandana Kaur, Yale University

Grameen Bank Women Borrowers Famliial and Community Relationships Development in the Patriarchal Bangladesh and its Implications to Sikh Feminism Kazi Abdur Rouf, University of Toronto

Discursive Gendered Impacts of Izzat: Immigrant Sikh Women's Access to Justice Manprit (Preet) Kaur Virdi, The School of Oriental and African Studies

Facilitated by Pramila Aggarwal, Professor, George Brown College
03:00 PM Break
03:20 PM Panel 3A | Violence: Causes and Solutions

A wide gap has emerged between theory and practice of Sikhi resulting in gender discrimination and violations of women's most basic human rights.

This panel investigates causes and solutions of violence against women within the framework of Sikh values and principles.Read More

The Prescribed Cultural-Otherness has Removed the Woman-Mother from the Social Order through Acts of Viewing Jasleen Singh, University of Michigan

Exploring Gender Preference amongst Punjabi Sikhs in California: A Community Based Pliot Study Semran Kaur Mann, Jakara Movement Inc.

The Fate of Our Sisters Malika Kaur Bhola, Independent Scholar

Health Effects of Pesticides on Punjabi Women Gunisha Kaur, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities

Facilitated by Rita Kohli, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Centre of Peel
  Panel 3B | Herstory: Bringing Untold Narratives Of Womanhood To The Forefront

Investigating the female absence and silence in our conversations, dialogues and discussions today, and the importance of such narratives for future generations to take into account.Read More

Where Did She Go? Harminder S. Mann, UK Punjab Heritage Association

Women as Objects in and Producers of the Sikh Social and Built Environment Tavleen Kaur, University of Michigan

1984 and Post-1984 Gender Violence during the Panjab ConflictHarlovleen Kaur, Osgoode Hall Law School

Women in the Palestinian Nationalist Struggle: Achieving Gender Equality upon Statehood Prabsimran Sachdev, HandCrafting Justice

Facilitated by Jasteena Dhillon, Professor of International Law at University of Windsor Law School
04:50 PM Panel 4A | Gender and Sexuality: A Lived Reality Unrecognized

A case for inclusive sexual orientations, questioning the growing masculinization of the Sikh female identity, and examination of the continued control over women bodies through portrayals of an ideal Sikh female in the emerging Punjabi cinema as submissive.Read More

The Gender Politics of the 'Sikh Look': Race, Gender and Bodily Normativity in Urban Britain Kaveri Qureshi, University of Sussex

Queering Sikh American Women, Amu and Visuality of the 1984 Genocide Gitanjali Kaur Singh, UCLA

Still Stuck in Punjab: Diasporic Females in Punjabi Films Ranjanpreet Nagra, The Sikh Foundation

Facilitated by Kamal Arora, Doctoral student, UBC
  Panel 4B | Diaspora and Culture: Resisting Social Pressures

Through poetry and artistic endeavour, the panel explores experiences of "homeland" travels, negotiation of transnational feminist identities, and experiences of Canadian Sikh women within the institutions of the Gurdwara and the university classrooms.Read More

Kuldip Gill's Poetry as a Collective and Historical Memory Site Sharanpal K. Ruprai, York University

The feminist politics of Sikh Women's Travels to "the Homeland" Gada Mahrouse & Indu Vashist, Concordia University

A Hyper Masculine Patriarchal Sikh Discourse Excludes the Voices of Sikh Women Satwinder Kaur Bains, University of the Fraser Valley

Sikhism, Culture and the Space Between: Accounts from the University Classroom Jaspreet Gill, York University

Facilitated by Simran Kaur , Doctoral student, Manager of Advocacy, Sikh Coalition / Community Activist
06:30 PM Closing Remarks & Reception




مبلمان اداری صندلی مدیریتی صندلی اداری میز اداری وبلاگدهی فروشگاه اینترنتی گن لاغری شکم بند لاغری آگهی استخدام آگهی رایگان تبلیغات کلیکی آموزش زبان انگلیسی پاراگلایدر ساخت وبلاگ