Recent Lectures, Conferences, Workshops, and Events
“Aviation and Borders in the Himalayas” Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, 13 February, 2020
“Manufacturing Aeromobilities: Infrastructures, Displacement, and the Extra-sectoral Costs of Air-Enabled Worlds” with Weiqiang Lin, Royal Geographical Society Annual Meeting, 27-29 August 2019
“Development Zones in Asia,” Aarhus University, 17-19 June, 2019
“Air Pressure: Time and Aviation in Nepal,” UBC Himalaya Program, University of British Columbia, 12 October, 2018.
“What Can We Learn from Ethnographies of Infrastructure?,” Global Challenges in Transport, Oxford Leadership Programme/Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 7 September, 2018.
“Lag: Temporality in the Himalayas,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 30 November, 2017.
Invited lecture, “Skirmish Season: Bordering Practices in the Himalayas,” Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University, New York, 28 January, 2016
“Time and Space in the Himalayas,” Tata Institute for Social Sciences Colloquium Series, Guwahati, India, 7 December, 2015
Invited Introductory Lecture on Asia, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, August 17, 2015.
“Borderland Airports, Cosmopolitan Belongings,” Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2015.
“Himalayan Border Crossings” Invited Lecture, Development Studies Lecture Series, SOAS, October 15, 2013
“The Yak’s Tail: On Contemporary Changes in Trade in the Himalayas”, International Association for Tibetan Studies 13th Seminar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 20-27, 2013.
Keynote Lecture, “Tracing Connections – Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Multilocalities”, Centre for Development Studies (ZELF), Freie Universität Berlin, 20-21 June, 2013
“Lamas, Spies, Gentleman Scholars, and Trans-Himalayan Traders: The Meeting of Religion, Colonialism, Politics, and Economics in Twentieth Century Kalimpong,” University of Toronto-Scarborough, April 5-7, 2013.
“The Mobile and the Material in Sino-Indian Borderlands,” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 14-18, 2012
“Yak Tails, Rice Cookers, and Changing Corridors in Asian Borderlands” 3rd Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN), Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Oct 11-13, 2012.
“Haunting the Border and Flooding the Market: Trade and the Indo-Tibetan Interface,” Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) Himalayan Studies Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, Oct 28-30 2011
“Nature, Capital, and Rule,” Symposium on Environment, Society, and Development: Accumulation, Securitization and the Politics of Rule, NUI Galway, August 23, 2011
“’A Geographical Excuse’ and the Lhasa-Kalimpong Trade Route,” MIASU Lecture Series, University of Cambridge, March 1, 2011.
“‘Zomia,’ the Southeast Asian and Himalayan Massifs: Takes on Highland Transnational Spaces,” Asian Borderlands Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov 5-7, 2010
“Cartographic Anxiety: The Lhasa-Kalimpong Trade Route and the Production of Space,” for a panel on “The Production of Space: Social and Environmental Change Amidst Development in Tibetan Areas,” International Association of Tibetan Studies Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Aug 15-21, 2010