Conferences and Presentations

Conference and Workshop Papers

“Economies of Modern Hinduism: Markets of Discipline and Critique” (Presider and Panel co-organizer with Brian Pennington)
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego
November 2019

“Corporate Gods and Sacred Development: Toward a Genealogy of Market Religion” (Panel co-organizer with J. Barton Scott)
Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin
October 2019

“India’s IIMs and the Institutionalization of a Hindu Model of Management”
Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin
October 2019

“Dis/Connect: Fieldwork in a Technological Age”
Symposium on Changing Ethnographic Practices in South Asia at the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin
October 2019

“Indian Models of Corporate Leadership”
Invited Lecture, Indian Institute of Management Studies in Kolkata, India
June 2019

“Kālī and the Queen: Religion and the Production of Calcutta’s Pasts and Presents”
Spaces of Religion in Urban South Asia: An International Workshop hosted by the University of Bergen, Norway
September 2018

“B-School Religion: How Hindu Theologies Shape India’s Neoliberal Cityscapes”
Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies in Washington, D.C.
March 2018

“Hindu Spirituality for the Moral and Mobile”
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio
November 2016

“Kolkata, City of Temples?”
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta
November 2015

“Managing God’s Money: Brahmins, Civil Society, and the ‘Public’ in Twentieth- Century Bengal”
Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin
October 2015

“Blood, Power, and Public Interest at a Hindu Temple in Kolkata”
Animal Sacrifice on Trial: Cases from South Asia, hosted by the Centre national de la recherché scientifique [CNRS] in Paris, France
June 2015

“Religion and the Project of Indian Modernity: Cleaning up Kālīghāṭ Temple”
Religion in South Asia Conference hosted by Missouri State University
March 2015

“Cleaning up Kālīghāṭ: Class Contestations of the Temple Space”
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego
November 2014

“Tracking Wealth and Patronage at Kālīghāṭ Temple”
Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin
October 2014

“Doting Wives and Ferocious Mothers: The Divine Feminine and Her Power in Hinduism”
Educators for Teaching India Conference at Harvard University
April 2014

“Kālīghāṭ Temple: Discursive Productions of an Ambivalent Antiquity”
Hindu Studies Colloquium, Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School
October 2013

“A City Contested: British and Bengali Versions of Calcutta’s History”
International Students’ Conference, Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
April 2012

“God’s Representatives on Trial: The Case of Kālīghāṭ”
Fulbright-Nehru Conference, Kochi
March 2012

“Contesting the Temple: Kālīghāṭ in Contemporary Bengali Conceptual Worlds”
Harvard South Asia Workshop
March 2011

Invited Lectures

“Modi and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism in India”
Global Engagement Speaker Series, College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma
February 2020

“Indian Nationalism Secular and Hindu: Wrestling with Gandhi’s Legacy” The Center for the Study of Nationalism at the University of Oklahoma
October 2018

“Fighting for Respect, Struggling for Life: Negotiating the Urban in India”
The Gender and Justice Speakers Series hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma
October 2017

“Modernizing a Hindu Temple: Kālīghāṭ in Colonial and Contemporary Calcutta”
The Rufus Monroe & Sofie Hoegaard Paine Lecture Series at the University of Missouri
October 2016

“Corporate Governance of a Religious Institution”
Iconic Faculty Series at Globsyn Business School, Kolkata
March 2012

“A Temple and its City: Kālīghāṭ’s Place in Conceptualizations of Calcutta”
Society for Preservation, Kolkata
February 2012