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American Sociological Association, August 2019: Invited panelist, thematic panel: Intersectionality and the Analyses of Silencing and Silences.

Circuits of power: Reflections on local-to-global terrain of knowledge production. International Sociological Association conference. Manila, Philippines, March 6, 2019. (invited)

Migrants, Migration and Human Security: Theoretical Challenges, Methodological Dilemmas. IRMA, Anand, India. Dec 3, 2018 (invited)

Making Ethical Choices: Methodologies to Publications, IRMA, Anand, India. Dec 3, 2018 Governing Refugees at a Distance. The State of Global Protection System for Refugees and

Migrants. Calcutta Research Group. Kolkata, India, Nov 30, 2018. (invited)

The Arc of Justice in the Era of Routinized Violence. Invited Plenary Speaker, International Sociological Association, Toronto, July 20, 2018.

Seeing and Hearing through Silences: Reflections on Methodologies of Violence in Our Times. Invited panelist, RC-32, International Sociological Association, Toronto, July, 2018.

Silenced Dissent, Stifled Anger and Social Change. Invited panelist. American Sociological Association panel on the theme of Rage, Anger, and Dissent for Social Change August 2018.

Migration, Migrants and Human Security. Invited Plenary Speaker.  Hong Kong Baptist University’s conference on Global South Perspectives’: Towards decolonization, de-stratification and de-centralization of social knowledge production. April 18, 2018.

Global Trumpism and Race to the Bottom.  Invited plenary speaker, Southern Sociological Society,  April 7, 2018

Connecting Circles of Research/Activist Knowledge: Violence and Migration in the 21st century. Invited University Speaker, University of Las Vegas Nevada, March 2018

“Outsider research? Or more globally relevant research?”  Invited Panelist at the Eastern Sociological Society, February 2018.

 Workshop leader at Sociologists for Women in Society, January 2018:

Workshop: Teaching About Feminist Responses to Right Wing Political and Religious Movements in Local and Global perspectives

Workshop: Surviving and Thriving Throughout the Academic Life Course: Advice from Feminist and Anti-Racist Scholars

Workshop: Campus Sexual Assault Response Policies: Possibilities for Social Change


Transnational Feminist Perspectives: Prospects and Challenges.  Invited Speaker, Elite Visiting Professor Program.  Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, June 14 2017.

The Indian Diaspora in the U.S.A   Invited Speaker, American Center, Kolkata, India.  Introduced by American Consul General, Craig Hall.  June, 7, 2017.

Whose Voice? Whose Silence?  Reflections on the structures of contemporary worlds    Plenary panel speaker (International Sociological Association conference for national associations).  Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan May 8, 2017.

Beyond Cyborgs: Moving Global Social Theory to include social life in cyber spaces., Invited speaker, scholarly colloquium / Distinguished Professor series,  University of Hyderabad (with Raewyn Connell, Australia and Manuela Boatca, Germany).  April 13, 2017.

Water, Inequality & Rights: Voices within households.  Invited Plenary panel speaker. South Asian Consortium for Integrated Research on Water (SACIWaters). Hyderabad. India. March 23, 2017.

Gender and Intersectionality in the 21st Century. Invited Speaker.  Tata Institute for Social Sciences-Hyderabad, India.  March 17, 2017.

Intersectionality: Which Boundaries? Which Context? Invited Speaker. Centre for Social Development, Hyderabad, India.  March 15, 2017:

Water, Inequalities and Rights: Research Updates. Fulbright Conference, Kolkata, March 5, 2017.

Water, Inequalities and Rights: Some Methodological Issues.  Invited Speaker (with Suchorita Sen, Director, SACI Waters, and Jasveen Jairath, SOUL). Department of Regional Studies University of Hyderabad. March 3, 2017.

Invited discussion leader,  research on gendered water.  Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, Bangalore, February 27, 2017.

The Indian Diaspora in the US and Questions of Belonging.  Invited Speaker. Department of Sociology and Center for Advanced Studies. Savitribai Phule University of Pune, February 22, 2017.

Ethics and publications. Invited Speaker. Department of Sociology, Savitribai Phule University of Pune, February 23, 2017.

Migrants and Human Security: Which Migrants? Whose Security?  Invited Speaker. Bhowanipur Education Society, Kolkata, India.  Nov 15, 2016.

Migrants and Human Security: Theoretical Dilemmas, Methodological Challenges. Invited speaker, scholarly colloquium.   Department of Sociology Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.  November 10, 2016.

Women and Religion.  Invited speaker, scholarly colloquium (with Professor Asha Mukherjee, Philosophy, Rabindrabharati University, India).  Jamia Milia University, New Delhi, India. November 7, 2016.

Water, Inequalities, Rights.  Fellow’s Talk,  Institute for Advanced Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. November 8, 2016.

Migrants and Human Security: Contemporary Issues. Invited Speaker, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.  November 3, 2016.

Ethnicity: Negotiations and Resistances. Invited Speaker. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.  November 3, 2016.

Interrogating Gender and intersectionality: 21st century reflections. Invited Speaker. Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. October 3, 2016.

Decolonizing MethodologiesInvited Speaker.  University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. Sept 22, 2016.

 2016 International Sociological Association (ISA) World Forum (Vienna, Austria; June):

Purkayastha, Bandana.   Thinking about Knowledge Categories, Contexts, Voices and Silences (invited)

Purkayastha, Bandana and Patil Vrushali (equal authors) Constituting anti-racist feminism for today’s world.

2016 Society for the Study of Social Problems. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Graduate School and Job Prospects Room. Panelist with Rogaelio Saenz (University of Texas San Antonio) and Ashley Doane, (University of Hartford).

2016 Know her Truths conference, Wake Forest University, April 29-30, 2016.  (co-ordinating meeting panelist).

2016 Eastern Sociological Society conference (Boston, March)

Gendered Migration/Looking beyond Nation-States (mini conference on migration)

Decoloniality and Global Knowledge. With Vrushali Patil. Mini conference on Decoloniality.

Global Learning: Who Gets to Define It?  Invited panelist. Sociologists for Women in Society, Memphis, TN, February 4-7, 2016

Feminist Administrators: Changing Academia from Within?  Invited panelist. Sociologists for Women in Society, Memphis, TN, February 4-7, 2016

Transnational Conversations on Social Justice  Invited panelist. Sociologists for Women in Society, Memphis, TN, February 4-7, 2016

The Trans/national Circulation of Rage, Horror and Disgust: Rape and the Geographies of Discourse, Emotion and Affect in two World Newspapers. American Sociological Association Conference, Chicago, August 19-13, 2015 (with Vrushali Patil)

Negotiating Ethnicity: The Case of South Asian Americans. Invited Speaker.  Center for South Asian Studies, University of Punjab, Pakistan. November 24, 2014.

Human Rights in the US.  Invited Speaker.  the Center for Social and Cultural Studies, University of Punjab, Pakistan. November 21, 2014

Theoretical Approaches on Child Rights. Plenary session address, International Conference on Rights of the Child, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. November 19, 2014.

Betwixt and Between: Web Spaces and Southern Theories. International Sociological Association conference, July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan.

 Intersectionality in an Era of TransnationalismInvited speaker, scholarly colloquium.  University of Hyderabad. India.  March 17, 2014.

 Intersectionality. Invited Scholarly Colloquia.  Presidency University, Kolkata, India, March 21, 2014

Racism in the 21st Century.  With Wanda Rushing, mini conference on Power and Justice in the Contemporary World-Economy. New York, August 9, 2013.

Beyond Co-optation: Shadow Reports, Funding, and Human Rights Praxis. With Adur, Shweta, Njiru, Roseanne, and Yousaf, Farhan (equal co-authors) Mini conference on Reimagining Human Rights.  New York August 12, 2013.

 Intersectionality: Provocation and Challenges. Keynote address, international (interdisciplinary conference) on Intersectionality, hosted in 2013 by Simmons College. June 29 – July 1, 2013.

Racialized Transnationalism in the 21st century. Invited speaker, scholarly colloquium.  University of Iowa. April 12, 2013.

 If we rethink migration, where does that leave us on transnationalism? Lessons from the case of internally displaced personsInvited paper for a mini conference at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting on Migration, Transnational Spaces, and Social Justice. Boston, March 21, 2013.

Conceptualizing Violence Against Women.  United Nations-Status on the Commission on Women—parallel event sponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society. New York. March 15, 2013.

Connecting Circles: Research/Activist Knowledge in the 21st CenturyPresidential address. Winter Meeting, Sociologists for Women in Society. Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. February 8, 2013.

Race, Class, Conformity, and Accountability in Higher Education. With Gaye Tuchman.  Invited presentation in the conference on Access, Competition and For Profit Higher Education conference, Duke University, September 21-22, 2012.

Mechanisms of Racisms: Reflections on some contemporary processes. Invited Scholarly Colloquia, Sociology Department, Duke University. September 20, 2012

How do we consider race and age within a transnational lens?  A reflection on methodological prospects and challenges. Invited panelist,  Transnationalism Preconference, Denver, August 2012.

Violence, Peace, Human Rights: Connecting the Dots. Invited panelist. Human Rights Pre-conference. Denver, August 2012.

 Forced Migration in the New Political Economy.  (With Shobha Hamal Gurung, Farhan Naveed Yousaf, and Shweta Majumdar Adur)  American Sociological Association, Denver, August 2012.

Between Humanitarian Claims and Practices:  Constructions of colonial, post-colonial gendered/racialized narratives and questions of human rights. American Sociological Association, Denver, August 2012.

Purkayastha, Bandana 2012. Invited senior scholar for panels (senior-junior scholar panels) on Democratization and Social Justice. International Sociological Association Conference, Buenos Aires, August 2012. 

Whose language? Whose experiences?  Examining the language of organizing among LGBT South Asian-origin groups in the US and India. (With Shweta Adur) International Sociological Association Conference.  August 2012, Buenos Aires.

Women in corporations, cumulative disadvantages. Invited presentation at Google Argentina.  August 2012. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A Sociology of Human Rights. Invited speaker, scholarly colloquium, University of Calcutta. Kolkata, India. April 22, 2012.

 Panelist on conversation with Eric Olin Wright on Towards Real Utopias. Sociologists in Women in Society, St. Petersberg. January 2012.

Panelist, Effective Global Feminist Partnerships and How We Build Them.  Sociologists in Women in Society, St. Petersberg. January 2012.

Panelist, Author Meets Critics, session on Muslims in Motion: Islam and National Identity.  Eastern Sociological Society conference. New York, 2012.

Is Intersectionality Sufficiently Robust for Studying Social Life in Virtual Spaces?  Eastern Sociological Society meeting. Philadelphia. March, 2011.

Racism and Anti-Racism: Racism in the “Post-Race” Society .  American Sociological Association, Atlanta, August 2010.

Past Passed? Experiences and Thoughts on Transmitting Religious and Cultural Heritage. Asian Pacific Americans Religion Research Initiative conference.  Plenary speaker.  Chicago, Aug 5-7, 2010.

 Addressing “Personal Problems” to Claiming Human Rights: Reflections on Anti-Domestic Violence Activism.  (With Margaret Abrahams).  International Sociological Association, Gothenburg Sweden, July 2010.

Thinking About Peace: “Southern” contributions to peace-scholarship.  International Sociological Association, Gothenburg Sweden, July 2010

Conversation with Bandana Purkayastha, Debra Renee Kaufman, Kay Jenkins on “Lived Religion in Everyday Life” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, 2010. Boston.

No right in sight”: Female Immigrant Workers and Questions of Economic Justice. Conference on Human Rights in the US.  University of Connecticut. October 22-24, 2009.

Imagined and Real Humans: Gender, Sexuality, and Hinduism.  Panelist for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association; session on Transnational Genders and Sexualities in Religious Contexts. August 7-11, 2009.

 Between Humanitarian Claims and Practices:  Constructions of colonial and post-colonial gendered racisms.  Conference on Gender of Humanitarian Narrative Conference. University of Connecticut.  May 14-16, 2009.

Dynamics of Gendered/Labor: Experiences of Nepali Women in Informal Labor Markets in Boston and New York. (With Shobha Hamal Gurung) Conference on Low-Wage Work, Migration, and Gender sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Jane Addams Hull House, at the University of Illinois, Chicago, March 12-13, 2009. 

Gendered Migration and Cumulative Disadvantage.” January 13, 2009,  Invited speaker, scholarly colloquium,  Loreto College, Kolkata, India.

Interrogating Intersectionality:  Contemporary globalization and racialized gendering in the lives of highly educated South Asian Americans and their children. International Sociological Association, Barcelona, Spain, September  2008.

Pitfalls and Possibilities of Action Research in Addressing Domestic Violence. (With Margaret Abraham) International Sociological Association, Barcelona, Spain, September 2008.

South Asian Americans in Asian America.  East of California Conference. Storrs, November 2008.