talks and events (2015 onwards)


Reckoning with the Past: A Forum, Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, May 12, 2018

Embedding Sustainability Concepts in Curriculum, The Green Initiative Fund, Office of Sustainability, UC Berkeley, May 4, 2018

Eco Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons, University of California, Berkeley, May 4–5, 2018. Talk: How to Live with Plants: Towards an Eco Art History of the Eighteenth Century

Causality and the Work of Art, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, April 27–28, 2018. Talk: Causality at the Limits of Causality; Or the Story of a River that is Love in Liquid Form

Exploring Sites of Encounter through Artifacts: Calicut, Workshop for K-12 teachers, Hearst Museum of Anthropology and Office of Resources for International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley, April 14, 2018

Follies, Mosques, and Majolica Tiles: Imagining the Colonial Built Environment in the Indian Ocean, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, March 24, 2018, Session sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Paper: (Mis)Translating James Gibbs: Neoclassical Mosques and the Architecture of a Muslim Cosmopolitanism in the Indian Ocean World

The “Three Empires” Redux: Islamic Interregionality in the Age of Modernity, College Art Association Annual Conference; Washington DC, February 22, 2018, Session sponsored by the Historians of Islamic Art Association. Paper: Remembering Rūm: Worldly Milieus and the “Bastard” Architecture of Colonial Modernity in a Hindu Pilgrimage Site

Arts on the Move Across Asia and Beyond, Society for Asian Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, February 9, 2018. Talk: From New Spain to Mughal India: A Turkey in Jahangir's Court

Artisanal Praxis and State Power, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, December 1–2, 2017. Talk: Arboreal Aesthetics in a Hindu Pilgrimage Town: Towards an Eco Art History of the Eighteenth Century

Environmental Humanities in South Asia: Legacies and Potential, 46th Annual Conference on South Asia; Madison, October 27, 2017 (roundtable)

The Idea of “Global Modernism”: A SymposiumUniversity of California, Berkeley, October 20, 2017. Talk: From München to Honolulu, via Agra: The Global Topologies of Early Twentieth-century Islamic Art History

Architecture and the Environment, 63rd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America; Chicago, March 30, 2017. Paper: Hydroaesthetics in the Little Ice Age: Architectural Cultures and Environmental Transformation in Early Modern North India, ca. 1560–70

Art Histories and Terminologies, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz; Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe,” Heidelberg University; Florence, December 12–13, 2016. Talk: The Jungle [jāṅgala], The Forest [vana], and The Bower [kuñja]: "Wilderness Debates" and Other Genealogies of an Eco Art History

Object Histories: Flotsam as Early Globalism, University of California, Berkeley, October 7–8, 2016. Paper: Towards a Planetary Art History: From Viceregal New Spain to Mughal India with Jahangir’s Turkey Cock, ca. 1612 

The Natural Worlds of South Asia, Princeton South Asia Conference, Princeton University, April 29, 2016. Talk: From Viceregal New Spain to Mughal India: Doing Early Modern Animal Studies with Turkey Cock, ca. 1612. (conference keynote)

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, April 22, 2016. Lunchtime Talk on Ganesh Haloi

Difference/Distance: Picturing Race Across Oceans in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, University of California, Berkeley, April 15, 2016. Talk: (Mis)Translating James Gibbs in the Indian Ocean World: Neoclassical Mosques, Subaltern Cosmopolitanisms, and the Architecture of a Muslim Modernity

Merced Seminar in the Humanities, University of California, Merced. March 31, 2016. Talk: Ecological Aesthetics in the Little Ice Age: Water as Limited Commodity in Early Modern North India

Ecoaesthetics - Water in an Expanded Field, Institute of South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley, March 3, 2016. (roundtable with Atul Bhalla, Lauren Kroiz, and Robert Goldman)

Mohile Parikh Center, Mumbai, January 15, 2016. Talk: Ecological Aesthetics in the Little Ice Age, Mathura, ca. 1614

Ecologies, Aesthetics, and Histories of Art, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute, December 14, 2015. Talk: From Viceregal New Spain to Mughal India: Rethinking Early Modern Animal Studies with Jahangir’s Turkey Cock, ca. 1612 (conference organizer)

Conceptualizing Modernity: Technologies of Knowledge and Discourse in East Asia, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, November 7, 2015. (invited discussant)

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, October 12, 2015. Talk: The “Effeminate” Buddha, the Yogic Male Body, and the Ecologies of Art History in Colonial India

(processing): Bay Area Artists and the Archive, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, October 7-23, 2015. (media installation)

Asian Art in the Contemporary World, Asian Contemporary Art Week, Asia Society Northern California, October 2, 2015. Talk: Silsila, Engagements in Art and Cinema

Conversation with Pushpamala N., San Jose Museum of Art, April 2, 2015. (roundtable)

Affective Bodies, Performative Cultures, Aesthetic Practices: A Roundtable with Pushpamala N., Institute of South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley, April 3, 2015. (roundtable)

Body and Empire: A Conversation, Forum Transregionale Studien, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, March 24, 2015. Talk: Of the “Effeminate” Buddha and the Making of an Indian Art History

Legacies of Non-Violence in Art and Society, University of Texas at Austin, February 27, 2015. Talk: Before Ecoart: Hydroaesthetics in the Little Ice Age

Object Emotions, Revisited: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Yale University, February 20, 2015. (keynote respondent)