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.
I mainly study Japanese and Korean religions that emerged within the last one-hundred years or so, including modern Buddhist institutions.
"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."
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.
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.