Meet our Students

Meet our Students: Ajay Bhardwaj

Ph.D Student Punjabi Literature and Religion
My research in both filmic and textual form will expand on this prior work as I explore the impact of Indian’s partition in 1947 on the language of subaltern resistance, performance tradition and social identity in post partition East Punjab. It interrogates the privileging of religion over caste in scholarly discourse, and foregrounds the voice of Dalit assertion for an independent identity that speaks through the tradition of Dalit Sufis in East Punjab.  My research offers an exciting possibility where an art practice engages with academic scholarship on an equal footing.

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Casey Collins

Ph.D. Student - Modern Japanese & Korean Religion
I mainly study Japanese and Korean religions that emerged within the last one-hundred years or so, including modern Buddhist institutions.

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Interview with Scott Wells

Ph.D. Student - Korean Linguistics
"Imagine studying the transition in England from a traditional education in Latin and Greek to a modern education in English. I study a similar transition but in early twentieth century Korea, as Koreans developed a modern educational system that pushed Literary Chinese to the margins of their teaching and centered vernacular Korean as the primary medium of instruction."

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Minami Orihara

Ph.D. Student - Japanese Intellectual History
My dissertation involves an examination on the evolution of trust and cooperation in Tokugawa Japan. It is often suggested in historical literature that Japanese people hold harmony and group conformity in high regard; I use what I call Bonds of Trust (tanomi shōmon), Tokugawa-period agreements, to study the mechanisms and guiding principles that buttress social cohesion.

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Kiran Sunar

Ph.D. Student - Punjabi Cultural History/Literature
My research engages the study of gender, sexuality, and the fantastical looking at the multilingual cornucopia of literary traditions in the early modern period (15th to 17th century) and their interactions with each other.

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Peder Gedda

Ph.D. Student - Sikh History
My research is focused on translating, contextualising and analysing a series of Sikh etiquette manuals (rahitname) composed in the early 18th century in North India. I hope that my research can shed some light on this genre of literature as well as its period of composition, since both deserve more scholarly attention.

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Julie Vig

Ph.D. Student - Early modern North Indian literature
My dissertation wishes to engage with gurbilās literature as a literary genre that was not only part of the Sikh and Punjabi world but also part of the wider world of Brajbhasha literature.

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Gurinder Mann, Asian Studies MA Student

Gurinder Mann

MA Student - Punjabi language and literature
There are a number of reasons why I choose UBC to pursue my studies, the primary of which was the opportunity to work with Dr. Anne Murphy, who is an outstanding Professor, and immensely knowledgeable in South Asian Studies.

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