Professional Experience

1. Conferences, Seminars and Talks

2022 (Aug.)Gives Valedictory Address “Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Five Dreams’ in 2022” at seminar on “Aurobindo Ghose: Past and Present” at Women’s College, Shillong (via Google Meet)
Presents invited  paper “The Myth of the Theons” at Occult South Asia panel of European Association of South Asian Studies conference, University of Vienna (via Zoom).
Keynote speaker at symposium on The Light of Asia: The Book that Defined the Buddha, by Jairam Ramesh (via Zoom)
2020 (Nov.)Participates in panel discussion on Darwinism in Asia at American Academy of Religion Conference (via Zoom).
2020 (Sept.)Delivers keynote address “Sri Aurobindo, Agnosticism, and the Unknowable” at international colloquium on Daya Krisnna and Sri Aurobindo (via Zoom).
2019 (August)Participates in seminar “New Horizons of Spirituality, Society and Alternative Human Futures” at University of Madras
2019 (August)Public lecture at CSMVS Museum, Mumbai: “Spirituality with God and Without”
2019 (August)Invited talk at Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay on theistic and nontheistic religions and spiritualities
2019 (Mar.)Invited presentation at workshop “What is an archive in India and Europe?” at French Institute of Pondicherry
2018 (Nov.)Invited presentation at conference “Occult South Asia” at University of Vienna
2018 (June)Invited presentation at conference “The Wording of Thoughts: Philosophy from the standpoint of its manuscripts and archives,” at Charles University, Prague, sponsored by CEFRES, Paris
2018 (March)Keynote speaker at international conference on postcolonial writing at Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Pondicherry
2017 (March)Invited presentation at conference “The Cosmic Movement: Sources, Contexts, Impact” at Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
2014 (Nov.)Leads writing workshop for students and Dean’s Fellows at Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore.
2014 (Oct.)Invited classroom presentation at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
2014 (May)Leads seminar on Conceptions of the Self from the Greeks to Derrida. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
2014 (May)Presents paper entitled “Veda as Yoga” at international conference “In the Name of the Veda” sponsored by Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and School for Higher Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris.
2014 (Feb.)Presents paper on “Utopias, Dystopias, and the Futures in our Present” at conference on Posthumanity organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
2013 (Sep.)Presents paper on National Movement in the French Indian Settlements at conference organized by Tagore Arts College, Pondicherry, under aegis of Indian Council for Historical Research.
2013 (Feb.)Invited speaker at Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Pondicherry, on the topic “Sri Aurobindo as a Writer”.
2013 (Feb.)Invited speaker at National Seminar on interrelation between Sanskrit and Indian culture with special reference to Sri Aurobindo, sponsored by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture, Shillong, Meghalaya.
2013 (Jan.)Keynote speaker at conference on postcolonial aesthetics in modern Indian fiction at Sri Vasavi College, Erode, Tamil Nadu
2013 (Jan.)Presents paper at conference on Swami Vivekananda and Indian modernity at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, under aegis of Indian Council of Historical Research.
2012 (Aug.)Leads public discussion on academic freedom at Pondicherry University
2012 (May)Invited lecture at Vilnius University, Oriental Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
2012 (May)Leads seminar at Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 (Nov.)Visiting Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi: presentation at seminar and classroom presentation.
2010 (July)Presents paper “Religions, Religious Institutions and the Courts in India” at European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Bonn University.
2010 (May)Classroom and seminar presentations at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
2010 (April)Public lecture and classroom presentation at University of Colorado, Boulder.
2009 (Sept.)Invited paper “ ‘Not a Question of Theology’?: Religions, Religious Institutions and the Courts in India” posted on website of conference “Fundamentalism and the Future”, San Francisco.
2008 (July)Primary speaker at seminar on Sri Aurobindo co-sponsored by the Sigur Center of Asian Studies and the Asia Society, Washington D.C.
2008 (July)Invited speaker at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, and at Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco.
2008 (June)Invited speaker at “Globalization, Environment and Community” conference, Asilomar, California.
2006 (Dec.)Delivers Guru Pershad Memorial Lecture at Sri Aurobindo Society, Hyderabad: “Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism.”
2006 (June)Invited speaker at British-Academy funded conference “Terror and the Postcolonial” at Southampton University.
2006 (June)Presents paper “Changing Ideas of Hinduism During the National Movement” at European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Leiden University.
2006 (May)Invited speaker “The Survival of Bodily Death” conference at Esalen Center for Theory and Research, California.
2005 (Dec.)Invited speaker at “Toward an Integral Epistemology” conference at Esalen Center for Theory and Research, California.
2005 (Dec.)Invited speaker at Meiji University (Tokyo), Department of Philosophy
2004 (Dec.)Invited speaker at “Exploring the Nature of Our Offence” symposium at Esalen Center for Theory and Research, California.
2003 (Feb.)Invited speaker at Pondicherry University, Department of History.
2002 (Sept.)Presents paper “Paradoxes and Problems in Indian Historiography” at European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Heidelberg.
2000 (Sept.)Presents paper “The Centre of the Religious Life of the World” at European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh.
1998 (Sept.)Presents paper “Rooted Above: The Kabbalah, The Philosophie Cosmique and the Integral Yoga” at European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Charles University, Prague.
1998 (Aug.)Presents paper “Research in Consciousness Itself” at conference of the Society for the Multidisciplinary Study of Consciousness”, San Francisco.
1998 (Aug.)Invited speaker at yearly conference of Sri Aurobindo Centers in the USA, Aptos, California, and invited speaker at subsequent meeting, Lodi, California.
1998 (Oct.)Delivers two invited talks at Pondicherry University, Department of History.
1996 (Sept.)Presents paper “The Error of All Churches” at European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Copenhagen University.
1993 (June-July)Participant in summer session of School of Criticism and Theory (then at Dartmouth College); expenses partly paid by grant from the Foundation for World Education.

2. Services as Referee

(1) Referee for doctoral dissertations:

(a) 2008: Rajlakshmi Kar, “Sri Aurobindo and National Reconstruction”, Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

(b) 2009: Daiva Tamošaitytė, “Shakti, Feminine Principle in Sri Aurobindo’s Concept of Indian National Identity”, Institute of Culture, Philosophy and Art, Vilnius, Lithuania (opinion based on English summary of dissertation).

(2) Referee for grant proposals to Indian Council of Historical Research

(3) Referee for book proposals submitted to Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and other publishers, and for articles submitted to The Journal of Asian Studies, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Men, Masculinities, and Spirituality, The International Journal of Hindu Studies, and other journals.