Catherine St-Hilaire holds a BA in Honours Anthropology and a minor in Religious Studies from Concordia University, Montreal. She has an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam. Catherine is at the present a doctoral candidate of Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the Università Degli Studi di Milano, Italy. She has been studying the Sikhs’ identifications and sense of belonging outside Punjab, for four years in Canada and in England previously. At the moment, her ongoing research is looking at the Sikhs in the northern provinces of Italy, in a unique perspective of this new community and their understanding of their place in this rare setting. The research is looking at identity representations, space relationships and the tendencies of the new generation of Sikhs in Italy during this particular economic situation which renders the work opportunities less attractive for this young generation growing up in Europe.
Keywords: Sikh Diaspora; identity representations; belonging; space relationships