Special Issue "Exploring Gender and Sikh traditions"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Doris R. Jakobsh

Department of Religious Studies, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Interests: gender construction in Sikh traditions; women in Sikhism; religion in Canada and North America; Sikhs and identity construction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special issue will publish articles on "Exploring Gender and Sikh traditions.”  It begins with the premise that gender is a construct, thus, fluid and constantly in flux. So too is the Sikh tradition, which, while often presented as homogenous, is practiced and thus also constructed in a variety of ways, both historically and today.

While this issue focuses on Sikh religious traditions, a variety of approaches, including education, literature and media studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, musicology, history, gender and women’s studies, among others, will be utilized to seek an answer to the question:  How has gender been constructed within Sikh traditions, or, how is gender being constructed within contemporary Sikhisms. 

In this special issue we offer the opportunity to move beyond traditional, and, historically primary foci of the study of Sikhism, namely, textual/scriptural study, philosophy and theology, and turn instead to what is vastly understudied and often misunderstood – that which is often identified as ‘lived religion’.  This includes the everyday practices, narratives, activities and performances of ‘being’ Sikh, particularly as these pertain to gender construction.   As Hall has suggested, while traditional approaches to the study of religion continue to be vital modes of inquiry “we owe a questioning of boundaries, a sympathy for the extra-ecclesial, and a recognition of the laity as actors in their own right.”  Alongside a more fluid understanding of that which is religious, “tensions, the ongoing struggle of definition” come to the fore. Practice, in its varied manifestations, “always bears the marks of both regulation and what, for want of a better word, we may term resistance. It is not wholly one or the other” (Hall, 1997, pp. viii-ix).    With the expansion of religious boundaries, as they have traditionally been defined, we highlight innovation in the study of Sikhism – but here – with an additional focus on gender construction.    

This issue invites novel, fresh approaches from emerging scholars, but also includes those who have already made significant contributions to the study of Sikh traditions, women and gender studies.

Prof. Dr. Doris R. Jakobsh
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • gender
  • Sikhism and Sikhs
  • gender construction
  • femininities
  • masculinities
  • religious boundaries

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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