The Sikh Formations Journal

Sikh Formations is the premier scholarly journal in the field of Sikh Studies. Published by Routledge, a leading global publisher in the humanities and social sciences, the journal has been in continuous publication since 2005.

Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theoryis an interdisciplinary and international journal which providesa critical forum for scholarly exploration of Sikh and Punjabi cultural formations. It does this within a dynamic setting that embraces the globalized context of Sikhs and Sikhism.

A link to the online homepage for the Sikh Formations scholarly journal can be found here.

The aim of this journal is to open up alternative horizons, to promote engagement with a wider spread of disciplinary approaches, to encourage conceptual innovation and provide a venue for the emergence of new perspectives. In addition to conventional scholarly research articles and book reviews, we also welcome shorter essays, conference and symposium proceedings, interviews, longer book reviews, poetry, colloquia etc from the full range of disciplines, including but not limited to: sociology, history, anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, political theology, women and gender studies, comparative literature, postcolonial studies, musicology, teaching and pedagogy, art and architecture, politics, international relations, law and social work.

Sikh Formations is particularly open to multiple ways in which cultural production creates zones of profound expressive possibilities by continually generating texts and contexts of reflexive import. To this end we also encourage submission of essays in Punjabi language. It is our hope that the social space in which our contributors argue and converse will challenge the hegemonic space of dominant national ideologies and national languages.

Supported by an international advisory board Sikh Formations was founded to understand Sikhs, Sikhism, and Sikh Identity within the context of a new and dynamic setting that embraces globalisation, trans-nationalism, and other related processes. In short the journal aims to:

  1. Define a new cultural and intellectual space for Sikhs and Sikhism both within Punjab and the emerging diaspora;
  2. Examine the politics of knowledge and comparative cultural theory as it arises at the intersections between contemporary Sikh experience, the study of Sikhism and the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences;
  3. Promote enquiry into and critical reflection upon the cultural, philosophical, religious, historical and political developments within Sikhism;
  4. Explore the self-understanding of these traditions and their mutual relations;
  5. Examine the dialogue and inter-religious relations between Sikhism and other world religious, cultural and spiritual traditions.