Sikh Studies

Sikh Studies: About the Chair

balbinder singh bhogalBalbinder Singh Bhogal, PhD, joined the Hofstra faculty in 2007 and was formally installed as the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies in 2008.

Dr. Bhogal was previously associate professor in South Asian religions and cultures, Division of Humanities, Faculty of Arts at York University in Toronto. He received his PhD from London University, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2001, and his BA (hons) from Lancaster University. He has served as a professor in departments of religion, philosophy and humanities in universities in England, the United States and Canada. Dr. Bhogal's interests include South Asian religions and cultures, specializing in Sikh Studies, particularly the philosophy and critical interpretation of the Guru Granth Sahib; the relationship and interaction between Indian philosophy and Western/Continental philosophy; and the study of mysticism, orientalist and decolonial discourses. His publications can be downloaded on his site here, and/or clicking the links below.

Recent Publications



  • "God/Amphora in Clay and Light", "Sikhism presents a Pluriversal Vision", Interfaith journal One World under God, vol. 1. Issue 4 NY, (September 17-30) pp11.




Book Chapters





Dr. Bhogal has also engaged with public outreach, being invited to speak across the country and internationally as an expert in South Asian religions. He also engages in writing short essays for the Sikh community online.

The Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies is endowed by Ishar Singh Bindra and his family in honor of Mr. Bindra's wife and family matriarch, Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra. The chair was established to promote the academic study of Sikh religion, culture and history. The endowment supports the appointment of a faculty member in Sikh Studies, helps build the University Library's holdings in Sikhism, provides scholarship assistance to students interested in Sikh religion and culture, and funds annual conferences and lectures directed toward the academic community as well as the general public.

Recent Concerts and Talks organized




  • Kultar's Mime.Moderated A Play and Panel Discussionon the 1984 Massacre of Sikhs seen through the eyes of a Jewish Art Collective) composed & directed by J Mehr Kaur, based on the poem by Sarbpreet Singh. Panelists:  Dr. Santiago Slabodsky (Kaufman Chair in Jewish Studies, Hofstra University, NY) & Prabhsharanbir Singh (UBC, Vancouver) (Oct 28)

Upcoming Conference


  • Guru Nanak's Ek-Anek Vision: beyond relativist & plural diversities of the musical Word. Celebrating Guru Nanak's 550th Birthday, Hofstra University, NY. Presenters from India, etc., Organized with the Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology. Fall Semester.

Past International Conferences organized



  • Sikhi(sm): Literature and Film., International Conference, Hofstra University, NY. Presenters from India, England, Canada, USA (Oct 19-21) - published as special journal issue.


  • The Hermeneutics of Sikh Music and Word., International Conference, Hofstra University, NY. Presenters from India, Italy, The Netherlands, England, Canada, USA (May 21-23) - published as special journal issue.