Discussant, “Shadows of Universalism, other Cosmopolitanisms,” with Samuel Moyn (Harvard) and Lydia Liu (Columbia), moderated by Gary Wilder (GC), Humanity Seminar, The Committee on Globalization and Social Change, CUNY Graduate Center, October 2014. Download poster here.
Discussant, Book release of The Past Before Us, with Romila Thapar (author), David Ludden (NYU), and Barbara Kowalzig (NYU), April 2014.
Invited speaker, delivered paper on “K.M. Munshi and the Origins of Fundamental Rights in India’s Constitution,” (via Skype due to weather) at the Conference on Human Rights Constitutionalism: Global Aspirations, Local Realties, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law, February 2014.
Invited speaker, IHP Human Rights/SIT Study Abroad, delivered seminar on the history of human rights, New York, January 2014.
Speaker/contributor, “India and the United Nations,” author’s conference, OUP Handbook on Indian Foreign Policy, New Delhi, Co-sponsored by the Centre for Policy Research and the Observer Research Foundation, January 2014.
Speaker, plenary panel on the future of liberal arts higher education in India, Raman Research Institute Conference (Bangalore) co-sponsored by Yale University and Pomona College, January 2014.
Book discussion of The Peacemakers, SOAS, University of London, October 2013.
Invited participant. Delivered paper on India and UNRRA at the “Wartime History and the Future United Nations” author workshop, SOAS, University of London, October 2013.
Invited speaker. Delivered a paper entitled “K.M. Munshi and the Origins of Fundamental Rights in India’s Constitution” at the “Fortunately There were Rebels,” Workshop on the Constituent Assembly of India, Princeton University, October 2013.
Invited speaker. Book discussion of The Peacemakers. South Asia Seminar, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, November 2012.
Invited discussant, book launch of Ananya Vajpeyi’s Righteous Republic, at New York University. Other panelists included David Ludden (NYU), Gyan Prakash (Princeton), and Sanjay Reddy (New School). Fall 2012.
Multiple events in India related to The Peacemakers release, Summer 2012.
Invited speaker. “India, Human Rights, and the Search for Global Government.” King’s College, London, India Institute. Chaired by Sunil Khilnani. Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Ambassador Shyam Saran, discussants, June 2012.
“Emerging Economies in Global Governance: An Indian Perspective (A talk by Ambassador Shyam Saran). Discussant with Pratap Bhanu Mehta; panel chaired by Sunil Khilnani. King’s College, London, India Institute, June 2012.
Invited speaker, Discussion of The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World, NYU Global South Asia Conference, February 2012.
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, Conversation with Madhusree Mukerjee, author of Churchill’s Secret War, October 2011.
Committee on Religion, delivered a presentation entitled “K.M. Munshi and the Problem of Gandhism,” Spring 2011, CUNY Graduate Center.
Roosevelt House Seminar on Human Rights, delivered talk on India and human rights, Spring 2011, Hunter College.
Invited speaker, The Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, delivered a presentation entitled “Uniting Nations 2020: A Decade-long Vision for India’s Relations with the U.N.” Part of IDSA’s National Strategy Project, December 2010.
Invited Commentator, Global Intellectual History Conference, Co-sponsored by New York University and Columbia University, “Conceptualizing a Global History of Fascism,” Spring 2010.
Invited speaker, Society of Indian Academics in America. “Internationalizing India: Gandhi, Nehru and Universal Human Rights.” Spring 2010.
Invited speaker, The Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice at William Paterson University of New Jersey, 1 October 2009. Spoke on “Gandhi and Human Rights” in a lecture commemorating Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
Co-organizer with John Wallach. Human Rights in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 10 December 2008, Hunter College.
Co-Moderator, with Anthony Browne, “Diversity in Undergraduate Curricula in Higher Education: A Conversation with Lani Guinier and Johnnetta Cole.” 25 September 2008, Hunter College.
Global Governance Seminar Series, Ralph Bunche Institute, Graduate Center-CUNY. Co-sponsored by the Academic Council on the United Nations System. 23 September 2008. Spoke on “A New Hope: India, the United Nations and the Making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
Eleanor Roosevelt Faculty Seminar on Public Policy, Roosevelt House, Hunter College, Spring 2008, presented “A New Hope: India, the United Nations, and the Making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
Beyond Independence Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, Spring 2007, presented “A New Hope: India, the United Nations, and the Making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
19th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands, Summer 2006, presented “A New Hope: India, the United Nations, and the Making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
The Asia Society, 4th Annual South Asian Human Rights Film Festival, invited co-discussant with Vasuki Nesiah, Spring 2006, commented on “Communities in Conflict” documentaries Lanka: The Other Side of War and Peace and Karnaphulir Kanna
University of Southampton (England), invited speaker, Summer 2005, presented “Princely States and the Hindu Imaginary: Exploring the Cartography of Hindu Nationalism in Colonial India”
Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, Spring 2005, presented “Princely Baroda and the Hindu Imaginary: Exploring the Cartography of Hindu Nationalism in Colonial India” as part of a panel entitled “Alternate Narratives of Religious Change in Western India: Understanding Gujarati Religiosity in South Asian Contexts.”
South Asia Symposium, College of DuPage (Chicago), invited speaker, May 2004, presented a lecture entitled “The Narmadam(n)ed: Development and Rising Tides in Contemporary India”
Annual Conference on South Asia, The University of California at Berkeley, invited panelist, February 2004, delivered paper entitled “Princely States and the Hindu Imaginary: Exploring the Cartography of Hindu Nationalism in Colonial India”
The Dynamics of Diversity: Narratives of Pluralism in South Asian History, Indiana University (Bloomington), February 2003, conference organizer, chaired panel on “Narratives of Pluralism.” Also organized as a panel at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. The panel was awarded “South Asia Council designated panel” status.
South Asia Beyond the Stereotypes Lecture Series, Bucknell University, October 2001, invited speaker, delivered paper entitled “(Mis)Representing Economy: Western Media Production and the Impoverishment of South Asia”
Nations and Relations: Nationalism, National Identities, and International Environments, International Security Studies, Yale University, April 2001, invited commentator, panel on “Constructing States and Nations”
Indirect Rule in Africa and South Asia: Colonial “Traditionalism” and its Legacy on the (post)Modern World, Yale University, March 2001, conference co-organizer (with Michael R. Mahoney), delivered paper entitled “Recovering the Sovereign: Princes, Education, and Empire in Colonial India”
South Asian Studies Faculty Research Workshop, Yale University, October 2000, delivered paper entitled “The Rebel Academy: The Movement for a University in Princely Baroda, 1908-1949”
Courts Without Kings?, North American Society for Court Studies, Boston, MA, September 2000, delivered paper entitled “Demystifying the ‘Ideal Progressive’: Resistance Through Mimicked Modernity in Princely Baroda, 1900-1913” focusing on 1911-1913
Cities and Social Change: Contemporary Societies in Area Studies, a teacher institute sponsored by the National Resource Centers of the University of Texas at Austin, June 1999, delivered a lecture on “Urban Areas and Social Change in India” and a lecture on “Youth Culture in South Asia: History and Practice”
Annual Conference on South Asia, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, October 1998, delivered paper entitled “Demystifying the ‘Ideal Progressive’: Resistance Through Mimicked Modernity in Princely Baroda, 1900-1913” focusing on 1900-1910
Open Borders, Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Dissertations in Progress, The University of Texas at Austin, April 1995, delivered paper entitled “Imagined Elitism”
Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Washington D.C., Spring 1995, delivered paper entitled “Creating New Identities?”
Annual Conference on South Asia, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, November 1994, organized panel on Nationalism and National Identity in Twentieth Century India and delivered revised paper entitled “The Foundation and Early Development of Benares Hindu University”
Ethnicity and Conflict Seminar, The University of Texas at Austin, November 1994, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, discussed the role of higher education in the emergence of ethnic identities in India
Southwest Regional Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Texas A&M University, October 1994, delivered paper entitled “Creating a New Identity?”
Annual Conference for Advanced Research on Indian Studies, The University of Virginia, April 1994, delivered paper entitled “The Foundation and Early Development of Benares Hindu University”