Conference Presentations

2020 (with Sriram Mohan), “‘Take It Easy Policy’: Film Songs, Desire, and Development in Post-Liberalization South India.” Global Fusion Conference, virtual.

2020 Workshop organizer (with Yuki Nakayama), “When Fieldwork Works: Challenges and Pleasures of  Research into Global Media Industries.” Media Industries Conference, London, UK. Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Panel organizer (with David Hesmondhalgh), “Obsolescence and the Making of Global Mediated Industries.” Media Industries Conference, London, UK. Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 “WhatsApp, Now on TV: ‘Local’-Access Cable Television Channels in South India,” Global Fusion Conference, Austin, TX.

2019 “The Truth of Numbers and the Lies of Local Cable Operators: Formalizing Cable Television in  South India,” invited paper in symposium “Interrogating Infrastructure: Conversations Across History, Anthropology, and Media Studies.” 48th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI.

2019 Panel organizer (with Sriram Mohan), “Mapping the Boundaries of Sociotechnical Imaginaries in the Global South.” International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

2019 “Upholding ‘Quality’: Television Repair and the Guarantee’s Promise in South India,” paper in panel “The Infrastructural Condition,” organized by Aaron Shapiro and Zane G.T Cooper. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

2019 “The Cinematic Roots of the South Indian Cable Industry,” in panel “Found Histories: Reanimating Fragments of South Asian Film and Media Cultures.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

2018 “The Cinematic Roots of Cable Television in South India.” 47th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI.

2018 “‘By the grace of Ramoji Rao, we repairmen have jobs’: television stories from Andhra Pradesh.” Invited presentation at Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Workshop on “Technologies and Belonging.” Ann Arbor, MI.

2018 Panel organizer, “The Everyday Poetics of Digital Media: Perspectives from South Asia.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

2017 “‘By the grace of Ramoji Rao, my job survived’: television stories from Andhra Pradesh.” 46th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI.

2017 “Maintaining the Medium: Notes from the Television Repair Shops of Andhra Pradesh.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Boston, MA.

2017 “The Cinematic Roots of the South Indian Cable Industry.” Annual Conference of the  International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Cartagena, Colombia.

2015 “The disjointed digital: notes from a South Indian cinema hall.” Invited presentation at the “Materiality of Cultures: Methods and Practices” workshop. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi, India.

2014 “The limits of ‘practicality’: repair knowledges and media transformations in South India.”  American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

2014 “Living in the broken city: favelas, infrastructural inequity, and the materiality of the digital.” With David Nemer. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2013 “Play and power: a ludic design proposal for ICTD.” Plenary presentation at 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), Cape Town, South Africa.

2013 “Looking back at the land: technology, work, and morality in South Indian popular cinema.” International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, London, England. Top Paper in the Popular Communication division.

2013 “Trash, sly civility, and the making of world-class Delhi.” Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.