21 / 05 / 20
Faith & Belief Forum Communications Manager Philip Ybring speaks to Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal about the Sikh community in the West Midlands and how they are adapting to the coronavirus epidemic. We discuss the concept of Sewa – selfless service – and how people are supporting both their own and other communities through challenging times. We also talk about faith, belief and environmental issues.
Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal is a senior lecturer in Sikh Studies at the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. Dr Jhutti-Johal is the only academic in the UK, who has the official title Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies.
Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal has over 20 years’ experience in teaching and research, and provides extensive knowledge and experience in Sikh theology, inter-faith dialogue and contemporary issues facing the Sikh community. Her research covers issues of gender inequality, Sikh identity in the diasporic community, mental health, representation within gurdwaras, racialisation and mistaken identity and other contested issues that confront the Sikh community. Her work in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion looks at public policy, social and political engagement issues as they affect and are effected by the British Sikh community. Her research has also given rise to presentations in the EU and UN on the Sikh Diaspora.
Dr Jhutti-Johal was a Commissioner on The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB), convened in 2013 by The Woolf Institute. She is a presenter on the Thought for the Day segment on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. She is also a board member and trustee on a number of organisations and is very involved in voluntary work within the community, especially around gender and children issues.