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The Hermeneutics of Sikh Music (rāg) and Word (shabad)


Friday, May 21st
7:00 – 7:45 pm  Welcome via a Concert in Axinn Library Room 246 by
Bhai Baldeep Singh, Dr. Francesca Cassio, Dr. Madan Gopal Singh (10mins each)
7:45 – 8:15 pm  Evening Reception in Axinn Library 10th Floor
8:15 – 8:30 pm  Welcome and Introduction, host: Dr Balbinder Singh Bhogal (Hofstra University)
8:30 – 8:45 pm  Dr. Arvind Mandair (University of Michigan) – Opening Statement
8:45 – 9:00 pm  Dr. Judith Becker (University of Michigan) – Opening Statement
9:00 – 9:15 pm  Bhai Baldeep Singh (Anād Foundation) – Opening Statement
Saturday, May 22nd
9:00 – 9:30 am  Bhai Baldeep Singh (Anād Foundation, New Delhi, India)
Gurbānī Kīrtan: What is Kīrtan?
9:30 – 10:00 am  Dr. Raja Mrigendra Singh (Yale University and Guru Nanak Dev University)
Guru-Sikh Sacred Music’s Hermeneutics
10:15 – 10:45 am  Dr. Francesca Cassio (Vicenza Conservatory, Italy)
Learning Shabad Reets in Western Contexts. An Approach to Cultural Rules and Universal 
Experience of Sound
10:45 – 11:15 am  Dr. Madan Gopal Singh (Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum)
On the Margins of the Stylized Word: Meanings and their Aural Surplus
11:15 – 11:30 am  Response to the papers: Dr. Judith Becker (University of Michigan)
11:30 – 12:30 pm  Discussion: Chair Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal (Hofstra University)
1:30 – 2:00 pm  Dr. Inderjit Nilu Kaur (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Musical Meaning in Gurū Granth Sāhib
2:00 – 2:30 pm  Jan Protopapas (University of Maryland)
Kīrtan Chaunki: Affect, Embodiment and Memory
2:30 – 3:00 pm  Dr. Arvind Mandair (University of Michigan)
Gurmat Sangeet, Aesthetics and Subaltern Subjectivities
3:45 – 4:15 pm  Prabhsharandeep Singh (Independent Scholar, California)
Shabad Kirtan: the Sikh Space and Violence of Translation 
4:15 – 4:45 pm  Prabhsharanbir Singh (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
Sikh Sacred Music in the Age of Nihilism
4:45 – 5:00 pm  Response to the papers: Dr Judith Becker (University of Michigan)
5:00 – 6:00 pm  Discussion: Chair Dr. Francesca Cassio (Vicenza Conservatory, Italy)
Sunday, May 23rd
9:00 – 9:30 am  Dr. Navtej Purewal (University of Manchester, England)
Performing Kīrtan Across Text, Tradition and Boundaries: A Social History of the Rababi Tradition
9:30 – 10:00 am  Dr. Bob Linden (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Sikh Music and the Study of World Music
10:00 – 10:15 am Response to the papers: Dr. Judith Becker (University of Michigan)
10:30 – 11:30 am  Final Discussion: Chair Dr Arvind Mandair (University of Michigan)
11:30 – 11.35 am  Concluding Remarks: Publication and Future Projects
Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal (Hofstra University)