Foucault: 25 years on, 25 June 2009
Three journals edited by Prof Pal Ahluwalia and published by Routledge are based at the centre.
Recent years have witnessed considerable worldwide changes concerning social identities such as race, nation and ethnicity, as well as the emergence of new forms of racism and nationalism as discriminatory exclusions. Social Identities aims to furnish an interdisciplinary and international focal point for theorising issues at the interface of social identities.
The journal is especially concerned with addressing these issues in the context of the transforming political economies and cultures of postmodern and postcolonial conditions. Social Identities is intended as a forum for contesting ideas and debates around the formations of, and transformations in, socially significant identities, their attendant forms of material exclusion and power, and the political and cultural possibilities opened up by these identifications.
African Identities is a critical forum for the examination of African and diasporic expressions, representations and identities. The journal aims to open up various horizons in the field and to encourage the development of theory and practice in a wider spread of disciplinary approaches.
With an emphasis on gender, class, nation, marginalisation, ‘otherness’ and difference, the journal explores how African identities, either by force of expediency or contingency, create layered terrains of (ex)change, and decentre dominant meanings, paradigms and certainties. Important questions about the meanings of Africanness, ‘postcoloniality’ and syncreticisms, for example, will provide conceptual frameworks within which to situate the critical analysis of African cultural production and axis of engagement with popular culture.
Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory was founded to understand Sikhs, Sikhism and Sikh identity within the context of a new and dynamic setting that embraces globalisation, trans-nationalism, and other related processes. In particular the journal aims to:
- define a new cultural and intellectual space for Sikhs and Sikhism both within Punjab and the emerging diaspora;
- examine the politics of knowledge and comparative cultural theory as it arises at the intersections between contemporary Sikh experience, the study of Sikhism and the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences;
- promote enquiry into and critical reflection upon the cultural, philosophical, religious, historical and political developments within Sikhism;
- explore the self-understanding of these traditions and their mutual relations;
- examine the dialogue and inter-religious relations between Sikhism and other world spiritual traditions.