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Dr. Balbinder S. Bhogal - Associate Professor in Religion

Since September 2007, Dr. Balbinder S. Bhogal, Associate Professor in Religion, Hofstra University –  New York has held the prestigious Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies.

Prior to joining Hofstra, he has taught at universities across UK, Canada and US, as an Associate Professor in South Asian Religions & Cultures at York University, Toronto , Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University, Virginia, Lecturer in Religious and Philosophical Studies at University of Derby, UK, and Contract Lecturer in Buddhism at University of Coventry, UK.

He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the London University, School of Oriental and African Studies in 2001, with a focus on Non-duality and Skilful Means in the Hymns of Guru Nanak: Hermeneutics of the Word. His primary areas of research are in South Asian Religions and Cultures specializing in the Sikh tradition, particularly the Guru Granth Sahib, its philosophy and exegesis. Dr. Bhogal has also worked on hermeneutic theory and its radicalization through deconstruction; Indian Philosophy and its relation to Continental Philosophy, Mysticism, Diaspora, Translation and Postcolonial Studies, Modernity and Postmodernity, the construction of Religion, Orientalism, the Animal-Human divide and Theory and Method in the Study of Religions.

Published in numerous journals, some of his articles include:

  • “Ghostly Disorientations: Translating the Adi Granth as the Guru Granth”, in Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory, Vol. 3, No.1, pp. 13-31, A special Issue on Translation, 2007
  • “Text as Sword: Sikh Religious Violence Taken for Wonder”, Ch.5. pp. 107-135 in Religion and Violence in South Asia. R. King & J.R. Hinnells (Eds), London: Routledge, 2006
  • “Questioning Hermeneutics with Freud: How to Interpret Dreams and Mute-Speech in Sikh Scripture?” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory, Vol.1. No.1. 93-125, 2005
  • “Cross-Cultural Dialogues with Western Fictions: ‘there is no Hindu nor Muslim’ – nor Sikh”, Ch.5. pp.41-55, in Multifaith Britain: an experiment in worship, edited by John Hunt, New Alresford Publishers, 2002
  • “On the Hermeneutics of Sikh Thought and Praxis”, Ch.5. (pp.72-96) in Sikh Religion, Culture and Ethnicity, edited by C. Shackle, G. Singh, and A. Mandair, Richmond: Curzon, 2001

Dr. Bhogal has been involved with several Community Outreach Projects such as organizing Sikh Sacred Music concerts at Hofstra University, Radio Interviews regarding Sikhism, and moderating Sikh Film Festivals in Canada.


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