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Invited Presentations at Conferences and Workshops

June 12, 2021
Invited Speaker: 
Decolonizing Craft Discourse
Iran Craft Week, Tehran, Iran. 

Apr 10, 2021
Invited 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, 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 
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
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 
“Thuṇi ” (Inter-school textile appreciation workshop) 
SPACES, Chennai, India.
May 5-6, 2015 
Workshop on Cultural Elites in Contemporary India: Constructions and Deconstructions
Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA), Aarhus University, Denmark.
Mar 23-25, 2015 
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.