Dr. Sukhbir Singh

Dr. Sukhbir Singh

Professor & Dean

Professor Sukhbir Singh is an eminent scholar in Comparative Literature and Yoga Philosophies. He retired from Osmania University, Hyderabad (India) as Professor Emeritus after serving for more than three decades. He holds a Ph.D. from the Central University of Hyderabad and an M.A. from the Punjab University, Chandigarh. Prof. Singh has specialized and taught Comparative Literature and Yoga Philosophy over a long period. He is actually one of the most accomplished Professors in his field today in India. He was awarded the Senior Fulbright Visiting Fellowship at the prestigious Divinity School of the University of Chicago, IL. by the United States Educational Foundation in India, Pierce Loughran Visiting Scholarship by the Yeats Society of Ireland, Senior fellowship for Outstanding Persons in the field of Culture by the Council for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT/MoC), New Delhi (India). He has attended seminars/conferences, presented papers, lectured widely in India, U.S. Ireland, Thailand, Nepal, and published books and about a hundred research papers in some of the most prestigious Asian, European, and American journals. Eminent American scholars such as Harold Bloom (Yale), Garry Hagberg (Princeton), and Victoria Arons (Trinity University) have included his research papers in their anthologies. As an Associate and Visiting Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Rashtrapati Nivas), Shimla, Singh worked on his UGC sponsored Major Research Project, “Philosophy of Yoga” and its publication in a book form. Three chapters of the book manuscript have been showcased in research journals from Princeton, Cambridge, and Georgia Universities. Singh has visited several Indian universities as Visiting Faculty such as IIT Madras, Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad, National Law University (Nalsar), Hyderabad, Mizoram Central University, Aizawl, and Nalanda University, Rajgir, etc. He is currently on the Boards of Studies and Academic Councils of some of the well-known universities in India. Recently, he was invited by Harvard University to participate in its World Literature program at Bilgi University, Istanbul (Turkey).

Fellowships, Honours & Awards:

  • Punjab State/Punjab University Merit Scholarship 1967-68.
  • UGC Junior & Senior Doctoral Research Fellowships 1978-1982 (HCU).
  • Senior Fulbright Fellowship 1994-1995 (Univ. of Chicago, Illinois).
  • Pierce Loughran Scholarship (Sligo, Ireland).
  • CCRT (MoC) Senior Fellowship for Outstanding Persons 2017-18 (Hyderabad).
  • UGC Major Research Project on Yoga 2010-2012 (Osm.U)
  • Visiting Scholar (Sp. Invt.) 2013 IIAS Shimla
  • UGC Professor Emeritus 2014-2016 (Osm.U)

Projects:

  1. Fulbright Project on “Yoga in Postwar American Novel.”
  2. Minor Research Project on “Philosophy of Yoga in the Post-war American Novel” on behalf of the UGC Regional Office, Hyderabad.
  3. Major Research Project on “Philosophy of Yoga in Contemporary American Fiction” on behalf of the UGC office, New Delhi.
  4. CCRT Project: “Culture and Comedy: English Translation of Haryana Folk Jokes.” Some Recent International

Publications:

  1. “Indian Karma Yogi in Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet,” Comparative Literature Studies (Penn State), Vol. 44, No. 4 (2007), 434-457.
  2. “Fire, Sun, Moon: Kundalini Yoga in John Updike’s S: A Novel,” The Comparatist (Georgia), Vol. 38 (October 2014), 266-296.
  3. “Time, War and The Bhagavadgita: A Re-Reading of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five,” Comparative Critical Studies (BACL-King’s College, London), Vol. 7, No. 1 (2010), 83-103.
  4. ”Kant, Schopenhauer, Saul Bellow: Duty in The Victim,” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (Penn State), Vol. 20, No. 1 (2018), 48-78.
  5. “Belladonna or Babylon? Yet Another Possible Echo of the Bible in The Waste Land II: ll. 77-85,” American Notes and Queries (Kentucky), Vol. 31, No. 2 (Jan. 2018), 105-110.
  6. “Kant, Schopenhauer, Saul Bellow: Evil in Mr. Sammler’s Planet,” Philosophy and Literature (Bard College), Vol. 39, No. 1A (September 2015), 289-316.
  7. “‘Socialism of the Soul:’ Holocaust in Saul Bellow’s The Victim,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (Oxford/Routledge), Vol. 18, No. 3 (2019), 282-297.
  8. “‘If love is love, it’s free:’ A Vedantic View of Saul Bellow’sSeize the Day.” Accepted and to be published shortly in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (Alberta).
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