On Saturday, November 8 2014, SAFAR: The Sikh Feminist Research Institute will host a oneday conference, Our Journeys 2014: To Know Is Not Enough, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Building on the tremendous success of past, this academic conference continues to explore a range of topics, relationships, disciplines and voices through a Sikh feminist lens. Our Journeys 2014: To Know Is Not Enough seeks to cultivate a spectrum of critical dialogue, engage in collective examining of the status quo and highlight a diverse range of research methodologies throughout the day. This conference is about the intersection of activism and academics, action and knowledge. Following the success of the conferences held at the University of Toronto (inaugural, 2011) and at the University of British Columbia (2012), SAFAR is proud to present Our Journeys 2014: To Know Is Not Enough with the continued goal of exploration into Sikh feminist agency and praxis.
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November 2014 marks 30 years since the 1984 atrocities waged against Sikhs in India and is the month of the birth of Guru Nanak, who challenged the status quo and deeply rooted paternalistic values of the times; sowing seeds of Sikh feminism as we know it today. Holdingthe conference in this month of this year allows us to highlight the relationship and often disconnect between knowledge and its application. Our Journeys 2014: To Know Is Not Enough will seek to unpack “knowledge” in its multiple natures from its: current status, production, dissemination, axis of interpretation, political agency, interconnectedness to community and finally, translation into action. Our Journeys 2014: To Know Is Not Enough asserts that to simply knowi s not enough and endeavour to go beyond the acknowledgement of anniversaries and Wikipedia facts. This conference aims to breathe in new possibilities with the potential to combine the wisdom of the past and possibilities for the future