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Invited Presentations at Conferences and Workshops

Apr 10, 2021
Keynote Lecture: #Strongnotskinny - Gender, Body and Community on  Instagram
Annual Academic Conference (Theme: Spatiality)
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, India.
(postponed due to COVID-19)
Invited Presentation: From eco-friendly to ecohabitus - Sustainable consumption and Class in Urban India
Workshop on “Good Life” and Development
Department of Global Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Jan 15-16, 2020
Invited Presentation: Project CRAFT
International Heritage Symposium & Exhibition 
National Museum, New Delhi.
June 1-2, 2018
Invited Presentation: Self, Materiality, and the Digital in the #100sareepact
Conference on Digital Humanities in India
Digital Humanities Alliance of India, IIT Indore, India.  
(Invited but unable to attend). 
May 20, 2016 
Invited Presentation: ‘Who Needs an Occasion to Wear a Sari? Every Day Is a Celebration’: Narratives of the Self and Sari in Urban/Social Media
Workshop on Visualizing Kin - Representing Kinship and Family in Contemporary Asia
Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA), Aarhus University, Denmark. 
Mar 25-27, 2015 
Invited Presentation: The Dancing Sari - The Aesthetics of Nationalism in the Case of the Kalakshetra Sari
Critical Costume Conference
School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Finland.
Sept 7-13, 2014 
Invited Presentation: Telling Sari Stories: (re)-Appropriations of Dress and the Politics of Identity in Urban South India
Annual Costume Committee Meeting 
International Council of Museums, Greece.
Sep 1-5, 2014 
Invited Presentation: Dismantling Modernities - Urban Tamil Women and their Sartorial Selves
Summer School on Multiple Modernities
University of Göttingen, Germany.

Conferences and Workshops Organized

Mar 16, 2021 
Coordinator, Workshop on Crafts, Tourism and the Pandemic – Gauging the Current Status by Project CRAFT
IIT Jodhpur & NIFT Jodhpur, India (online).
Dec 13-18, 2020; Dec 16-20, 2019; Dec 10-14, 2018
Coordinator, Kenyon-IITM Writing Workshop 
IIT Madras, India.
June 16-22, 2019 
Peter Taylor Fellow, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop (Literary Nonfiction) 
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA. 
Aug 22, 2015 
Organizer: “Thuṇi ” (Inter-school textile appreciation workshop) 
SPACES, Chennai, India.
May 5-6, 2015 
Organizer, Workshop on Cultural Elites in Contemporary India: Constructions and Deconstructions
Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA), Aarhus University, Denmark.
Mar 23-25, 2015 
Organizer, Ph.D. course on Studying Religion in the Global Age: Mediation, Transformation, and Reception in Transnational Modernities
Aarhus University, Denmark.

Invited Talks

Dec 6, 2018
Invited Speaker: Clothing and the Politics of Identity - Saris, Nationhood, and Consumption in Urban India 
International Women’s Association, Chennai, India. 
May 27, 2015
Invited Speaker: Whose Sari is it anyway? The Sari as a negotiation of feminine identity in post-colonial India
Kønsanalytisk Forum (Gender Analysis Forum), Aarhus, Denmark.
Aug 20, 2015 
Invited Speaker: Of Bicycles, Gramophones and ‘Brash’ colours: Nineteenth-century expressions of anxieties surrounding Indian textiles 
Yarn Club, Apparao Art Gallery, Chennai, India.