Arvind-Pal S. Mandair

Friday, August 16, 2019

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Dr. Arvind-Pal S. Mandair teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is Associate Professor in Sikh Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.  Dr. Mandair holds doctoral degrees in the fields of Chemistry and Philosophy/Religion; has held endowed chairs in Sikh Studies at the University of Michigan and Hofstra University (NY); and he has taught in the US and the UK.  His research interests traverse a wide range of academic disciplines, including cross-cultural philosophy (European and Asian), philosophy of religion, translation theory, postcolonial theory and political theory, and the history and theory of religions. His early work was heavily focused on the critical study of translation as a site of cultural encounter in the 19th and 20th century construction of religion. His current teaching interests include a course on Race and Religion, and a new course exploring the intersections of Neuroscience and Asian theories of Mind and Consciousness.

Arvind Mandair’s book publications include Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality and the Politics of Translation; Sikhism: A Guide for the Perplexed; and Secularism and Religion-Making (with Markus Dressler). He is co-translator and co-author of the acclaimed translations of Sikh scripture: Teachings of the Sikh Gurus: Selections from the Scriptures. He has also published numerous articles in top journals of religion including JAAR, Religion, History of Religions, Sophia, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, and many others.

Arvind Mandair is founding editor of the journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, and Theory published by Routledge, and also serves on the editorial advisory board of journals such as Culture and Religion and Religions of South Asia. Editor of the new book series Routledge Critical Sikh Studies, he is currently working on several monographs in the areas of cross-cultural philosophy, violence, and philosophy of religion.