European Conference on South Asian Studies (panel co-convenor), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud  (July 24-27, 2018)

  • Paper: Double lives and mistresses exposed: vernacular fiction beyond discourses of honor.

2nd International Workshop on Literary Sentiments: Telling Gendered Lives in the Vernacular. Northwestern University, Evanston (organizer with Laura Brueck, Charu Gupta, Hans Harder) (Oct. 13-15, 2017)

  • Paper: Gendered Lives in Vernacular Fiction: Claiming Fatherhood and Redefining Family in Hindi Short Stories of the Early 1940s.

Globalizing Book History and Bibliography Working Group of the Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference, Philadelphia, PA (Oct. 12-15, 2017)

  • Paper: Towards a Global History of Ganga Pustak Mala Press.

Rethinking the dynamics of musical nationalism: An international conference, University of Amsterdam, Department of European Studies (September 26-29, 2017)

  • Paper: Music and the Nationalization of Hindu Culture in a Hindi periodical (1927-1931).

Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto (May 27-29, 2017)

  • Paper: Absent mothers and nurturing fathers: Unconventional family constellations in Hindi short stories.

Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies panel: Curtains of Truth: Determining Scientific Legitimacy in 20th century China and India. Chair and discussant, Toronto (March 16-19, 2017).


Gender Issues in India Symposium. York University and the University of Guelph (Oct. 5-6, 2016)

  • Paper: Benevolent Goddess and Devout Woman: Gender and Visuality in a Mainstream Hindi Literary Periodical.

1st International Workshop on Literary Sentiments: Telling Gendered Lives in the Vernacular. Ruprecht-Karls Universitaet Heidelberg (organizer with Hans Harder) (July 13-14, 2016)

  • Paper: Nationalist Imaginations: Gender and Visuality in the Hindi Advertising Campaign of the Indian Tea Market Expansion Board (1940s)

Indian medicine: Between state and village. International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University (Netherlands) (June 23-24, 2016)

  • Paper: Cumin, Capsules, and Colonialism: Medical Encounters in the Hindi literary sphere

Talk: "Women and the nationalization of literature: Text and image as parallel narratives in a Hindi periodical." Heidelberg University, Germany (July 21, 2015)

Asian Research Working Group conference on Asia and Globalization. McMaster University, Hamilton (11 May, 2015)

  • Paper: The All-Asian Women’s Conference (Lahore, 1931) and the Unification of Asia

Contemporary Hindi/Urdu Literature and Arts. Princeton University (Dec. 6-7, 2013)

  • Paper: Women and the Nationalization of literature: Text and image as parallel narratives in a Hindi periodical (1927-1941)

Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, Canada (15-18 March, 2012)

  • Cross-Border Panel: Gender Flows: Transnational and Inter-Imperial Circuits of Exchange in Activist Women's Writings of the Early Twentieth-Century
  • Paper:The Idea of Asia: Pan-Asian Feminist Conversations on Oriental Civilization, Spiritual Superiority and Asian Womanhood


Transnational Approaches to Girlhood. University of Toronto, SSHRC workshop (25 May 25, 2012)

  • Paper: Modelling the modern girl in the Hindi public sphere (1910s - 1920s)

The International Federation for Research in Women’s History Conference (in conjunction with the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences), Amsterdam University (22-28 August, 2010)

  • Panel: Racism, Nationalism and Imperialism Intersecting with Women’s Rights
  • Paper: Whither Colonial Hierarchies? Indian Women Writers and Global Modernity

41st Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, McGill University, Montreal (7-11 April, 2010)

  • Panel: South Asia's Orients
  • Paper: "A World of Difference" - Travels in the Colonial Neighborhood.  

Society for the History of Children and Youth Biennial Conference: Children at Risk/Children Taking Risks: Historical Inquiries in International Perspective, University of California at Berkeley (July 10-12, 2009)

  • Panel: Childhood in colonial South Asia
  • Paper: Courageous Girls and Intelligent Women: Writings for Children and their Parents

York 50 Symposium: The Global Modern: Transnationalism and the Media in Asia
York Center for Asian Research, York University (May 15, 2009)

  • Panel: Global Imaginings: From the Homeland to the World
  • Paper: Global (?), Modern and Colonized: Indian Women Writers’ and Activists’ International Networking in the Early Twentieth Century

European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Manchester (July 8-11, 2008)

  • Panel: Slavery and the Raj: Representing un-free labor in colonial South Asia
  • Paper: In the name of national honor and self-respect. Elite women’s campaigns against indentured labor


Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University (November 7, 2007)

  • Invited Lecture: Of National Concern: Children’s Hindi Periodicals and Nationalist Discourse


Feminist Pre-conference at the South Asia Studies Conference, Madison (October 11, 2007) 

South Asian Feminisms: Subjects, Audiences, Agendas

  • Panel: Archives of Memory and Pedagogy
  • Paper: Feminist agendas and the Indian Independence struggle

European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Leiden University (June 27-30, 2006)

  • Panel: From Improvement to Development: Civilizing Missions in Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia
  • Paper: Responses to Colonial Discourses on Indian Womanhood

Mapping Channels between Ganges and Rhine, University of Toronto (May 24-26, 2006)

  • Paper: An Indian Affair: Green Cards, a Marriage Proposal and the Multi-Ethnic Divide in the German TV-Serial Lindenstrasse

Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, San Francisco (April 6-9, 2006)

  • Panel: Natural Remedies: Women and Cultural Responses to Science (organizer)
  • Paper: Cumin, Capsules, and Colonialism: Encounters with natural and allopathic medical practices in Hindi literature

Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago (March 31-April 3, 2005)

  • Panel: Gendered Constructions of National Identity in Twentieth-Century Periodical Literature
  • Paper: Gendered Citizenship? Feminist-Nationalist Questioning in Hindi Women’s Journals (1920-1930)

European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Lund, Sweden (July 6-9, 2004)

  • Panel: Merging the Unsuitable? British India and Burma, c. 1850-1950
  • Paper: In the Neighborhood of the Colonial Present: Burmese Women in a Hindi Feminist Ethnography

Annual Conference on South Asia, University of California, Berkeley (February 15-16, 2002)

  • Panel: Dissenting Voices: Women and the Print-Media in Early Twentieth Century India
  • Paper: Redefining Gender Roles: The Politics of the Hindi Women’s Journal Stri Darpan


CONFERENCES and WORKSHOPS on Teaching Languages, Literature and Culture (selection)

Brown Canada 2020 Summit. Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and York University (Founders College) (December 11, 2015)

  • Paper: The institutional structure and status of South Asian Studies as academic discipline and program

Engaging India: A Multidisciplinary Conference. Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Carleton University, Ottawa (17-18 June, 2011)

  • Panel: Teaching South Asian Studies: Pedagogical Challenges and Curricular Innovations
  • Paper: Translation, Authenticity and Analysis of Literary Voices from South Asia and the Diaspora

Symposium on Innovations and Challenges in Second Language Pedagogy. University of Toronto (May 13-14, 2011)

  • Panel: Innovations in Language Teaching
  • Paper: From Drill to Thrill: Innovative and Pedagogical Approaches to Language Acquisition.

Heritage Language Workshop, University of Toronto (May 7, 2009)

  • Paper: Can the Heritage Student Speak? Linguistic and Cultural Competency in the Grip of Academic Culture

Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum
Frankly Speaking: Challenges in Integrating Languages and Cultures into a Post-Secondary Curriculum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (October 15-17, 2008)

  • Panel: CLAC and Language Departments: In Competition or Collaboration?
  • Paper: “I got the point across and that is what counts”. Transcultural versus (?) linguistic competence in language teaching

Shades of Brown: Challenges, Myths and Promises. International Educational Conference, Toronto (July 8-12, 2007)

  • Roundtable for Parents and Students: Teaching “South Asian Studies” in the University
  • Roundtable for Educators: South Asian Studies as Academic Discipline

Annual TEL@York Conference 2007, York University, Toronto (Mai 1-2, 2007)

  • Paper: Of Gender, Postpositions and the Past Tense: Seasoning Languages Courses with Technology

Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison (October 19-22, 2006)

  • Panel: Technology-Enhanced Learning: Lessons from the Classroom (Chair of panel)
  • Paper: Technology-Enhanced Learning: The blended course "Introductory Hindi"