Dr Jasjit Singh

Dr Jasjit Singh

Research Fellow

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Summary: Dr Jasjit Singh's research focuses on processes of religious and cultural transmission in the lives of British South Asians, in particular British Sikhs.

Location: Baines Wing, LG06

Teaching Commitments: THEO1900: Introduction to South Asian Religions THEO1930: Introduction to the Study of Religion THEO2900: The Sikh Tradition

Research Interests

My research focuses on processes of religious and cultural transmission in the lives of British South Asians, in particular British Sikhs. Unlike many studies of religious transmission which have focused on members of western majority communities, my research focuses on understanding how members of diasporic communities learn about religion and culture.  To what extent are they influenced by migration, ethnicity and minority status?  And, situated as they are in western modernity, how far do British South Asians experience a ‘turn to the self’ and manage individual authority whilst also sustaining membership of a religious community?

My doctoral research which was formally recognised by the University of Leeds for its Research Excellence examined the relationship between traditional arenas of religious transmission such as the family environment and religious institutions and newer arenas of religious transmission often organised by young people themselves including camps, University faith societies and the Internet. I used a number of innovative methods to gather data for my research including the implementation of the first large scale online survey of young British Sikhs with gathered over 600 responses. The research was funded through a Collaborative Doctoral Award as part of the ‘Youth Call’ of the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society programme.  The collaboration was between the Theology and Religious Studies department at the University of Leeds and a local community organisation, BECAS (Bradford Educational and Cultural Association of Sikhs) who were established in 1983 to ensure that the educational needs of young Sikhs were being met in local schools.  BECAS were particularly interested in understanding how young British Sikhs interact with gurdwaras, and what other methods they are using to learn about Sikhism.

Since completing my PhD I have made a significant contribution to scholarship on religious and cultural transmission of South Asian religion, through my developing record of internationally excellent publications. I am also developing a track record of gaining competitive research funding most recently as Principal Investigator (PI) researching literature on the cultural value of South Asian Arts. I have been selected to participate in a number of AHRC schemes, including the AHRC Connected Communities Early Career Festival and the AHRC Engaging with Government scheme. My research benefits from my ability to build strong working relationships with academic colleagues within and outside the University of Leeds.

Details about my teaching, research, media appearances and grants are available here: https://arts.leeds.ac.uk/jasjitsingh/ 

PhD Supervisions: I welcome applications for PhD Supervision in the areas of:

  • Religion in Diaspora
  • Religion and Media
  • Sikh Studies
  • Religion and Culture 
  • Religious Transmission