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Nirinjan Khalsa - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Nirinjan Khalsa Nirinjan Khalsa

Senior Instructor of Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Biography

Professor Nirinjan Khalsa-Baker received her B.A. in Sociology in 2000 from the University of Arizona and in 2014, a Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan. Her work examines both historic and modern Sikh devotional music with particular attention paid to the mystical and embodied realms of performative practice as well as the ideological debates and identity politics surrounding its pedagogy and history. Professor Khalsa's ongoing research investigates how the diversity of lived devotional practices and musical styles in the Sikh Diaspora question gendered and religious norms. Dr. Khalsa has conducted ethnographic research throughout Northern India for over a decade, during which time she also became the first female exponent of the Amritsari tradition of Sikh drumming (jori-pakhawaj).

Education (1)

University of Michigan: Ph.D., Asian Language & Cultures 2014

Areas of Expertise (2)

Yoga Studies

Philosophy of Religion

Articles (3)

Renegotiating Orthopraxy in the Presence of the Bani Guru

Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory

2014. “Renegotiating Orthopraxy in the Presence of the Bani Guru.” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. Vol. 10., Issue 3. Routledge.

When Gurbani Sings a Healthy Happy Holy Song

Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory

2012. “When Gurbani Sings a Healthy Happy Holy Song.” Routledge: Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. Vol 8., Issue 3. Routledge.

Gurbani Kirtan Renaissance: Reviving Musical Memory, Reforming Sikh Identity

Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory

2012. “Gurbani Kirtan Renaissance: Reviving Musical Memory, Reforming Sikh Identity.” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. Vol 8., Issue 2. Routledge.