Conferences and Presentations
“A Genealogy of South Asian Sale Deeds,” 226th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Boston, 18–21 March 2016.
“Towards a South Asian Diplomatics: Cosmopolitan Norms and Regional Idioms in the Use of Documents,” invited paper for the international conference “Studying Documents in Pre-Modern South Asia and Beyond: Problems and Perspectives,” Akademie der Wissenschaften, Heidelberg University, 4–6 October 2015.
“Classical Notions of Equity in India as Reflected in Legal Documents, 1200–1850,” invited paper for the conference, “Ethical Discourses in Ancient and Early Medieval India: Justice, Law and Religion,” Parekh Institute of Indian Thought, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, 20 August 2015.
“Dharma’s Avatars in Daily Life,” invited paper for the conference “Law and the Curated Body,” Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 26–28 March 2015.
“Dharmaśāstra (Hindu jurisprudence) and Its Three Sources,” lecture in the International Intensive Course in Old Javanese, UTC, Universitas Surabaya, Trawas, Indonesia, 23 July 2014.
“The Vocabulary of Justice in Late Medieval Indian Inscriptions,” invited paper for the conference “Realizing Justice: Encountering Normative Justice and the Realities of (In)Justice in South Asia,” Max-Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany, 12–14 June 2014.
“Śāstric Rules and Customary Norms in Epigraphic Records of South Asian Property Deeds and Disputes,” invited paper for the workshop “Changing Concepts of Landed Property in Modern South Asia: The View from History,” University of Pennsylvania, 18–19 April 2014.
“Status Mapping in Classical India: How Brahmins Cornered the Market in Norms,” lecture, Yale University, 12 September 2013.
“Customary Practice in the Vedic Ritual Codes as an Emergent Dharma Principle,” 223rd Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Portland, 15–18 March 2013.
“Status Mapping in Classical India: How Brahmins Cornered the Market in Norms,” lecture, Brown University, 15 November 2012.
“Dharmaśāstra for Śūdras: Śaiva and Vaiṣṇava Revisions of Varṇāśramadharma,” paper for the 221st Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Chicago, 11–14 March 2011.
“Writing and the Recognition of Customary Law in Premodern India and Java,” invited lecture in a series on Hindu law at the University of Virginia, February 2011.
“Brahmins and Political Institutions in Medieval India,” paper in the panel “Brahmins at the Court of the King: The Brahmin in Political Office in Pre-Modern India,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, 30 Oct.–1 November 2010.
“The Polity of the Philosopher-Bureaucrat: Brahmanical Virtue as a Qualification for Public Office,” XXth Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Toronto, 15–21 August 2010.
“Śaiva Dharmaśāstra?” invited paper for the Workshop on “Authors and Patrons: Social Contexts of Legal Texts in Ancient India,” University of Texas, Austin, 19 February 2010.
"Legal Diglossia: Modeling Discursive Practices in Premodern Indic Law," invited paper for the 14th World Sanskrit Conference (Law and Society section), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 1-5 September 2009.
"Legal Diglossia in Medieval Tamil Nadu," invited paper for a Workshop on Workshop on Bilingual Discourse and Cross-cultural Fertilisati, Cambridge University, 21-23 May 2009.
"The Relation between Adhikāra [Practical Authority] and Pramāṇa [Theoretical Authority] in Legal Contexts," invited paper for the International Conference on "World View and Theory in Indian Philosophy," Barcelona, Spain, 26-30 April, 2009.
"Ritual Self-Discipline as a Response to the Human Condition: Toward a Semiotics of Ritual 'Indices'," paper for a panel on grammar and morphology of ritual, in the International Conference on Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 29 September-2 October 2008.
"Legal Diglossia in Premodern India, Cambodia, and Java," invited paper for the symposium "Ocean of Devotion: South Asian Regional Worship Traditions," organized by the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions at the University of Florida, 20-22 March 2008.
"The Criteria of Legitimacy in Hindu Nationalism," invited paper for the 2008 Barnes Symposium on "Legitimacy, Economic Development & Change," University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, S.C., 25-26 January 2008.
"Evidence of Premodern Indian Legal Practice," presentation in the panel "The Relevance of Hindu Law for Religious Studies," Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, 17-20 November 2007.
"Authority in Hindu Law," paper for the Pre-Conference Workshop on Law and Hinduism, 36th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisc., 11 October 2007.
"Formats for the Standardization of Vedic Domestic Ritual," invited paper for the Fourth International Vedic Workshop, University of Texas, Austin, 28-31 May 2007.
"Image and Temple Worship in the Late Vedic Ritual Codes," Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, 18-21 November 2006, in the panel "Invoking the Veda in the Worship of Śiva and Viṣṇu."
"Brahmin and Royal Authority in Hindu Law" [expanded version], presented at the École française d'Extrême-Orient, Centre de Pondichéry, 14 August 2006.
"Brahmin and Royal Authority in Hindu Law," invited paper for the 13th World Sanskrit Conference (Law and Society section), Edinburgh, Scotland, 10-14 July 2006
"The Snātaka," 216th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Seattle, 17-20 March 2006.
"Punishment and Expiation: Secular and Religious Forms of Correction in Hindu Law," Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, 12-22 November 2005, in the panel "Dharma and the Śāstras: The `Religious' and the `Secular' in Hindu Scholasticism."
"Brāhmana as Commentary," invited paper for the conference "Forms and Uses of the Commentary in the Indian World," Institut Français de Pondichéry, Pondicherry, India, 21-25 February 2005.
"The Nīlarudra-Upaniṣad and the Paippalāda-Saṃhitā," 29. Deutscher Orientalistentag, "Barrieren-Passagen," Halle an der Saale, Germany, 20-24 September 2004.
"Towards a New Edition of the Baudhāyana-Gṛhya-Sūtra," 12th World Sanskrit Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 14-18 July 2003.
"Orientalism-ism: Said's Critique and Its Limits," ASIANetwork Meeting, Greenville, S.C., 11-3 April 2003.
"'Śaiva Upaniṣads' as Upaniṣads and as Śaiva," 213th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Nashville, 4-7 April 2003.
"Ārya Status and the Propagation of Brahmanical Authority in Classical India," 31st Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisc., 10-13 October 2002, in the panel "The Āryas in South Asian History."
"Textual History of the Atharvaśiras in Light of Manuscript Evidence," Third International Vedic Workshop, Kern Instituut, Universiteit Leiden, 30 May-2 June 2002.
"The Rhetoric of Ritual in Defining Ārya and Brahmin Status: Ancient and Modern Versions," invited paper for South Asia Identities and the Question of Origins: A Symposium for the North Carolina Center for South Asian Studies, Chapel Hill, 28-29 March 2002.
"Results of a Collation of Atharvaśiras Manuscripts," 212th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Houston, 22-25 March 2002.
"What is Islamic about Islamic Terrorism? The Religious Dimensions of Militancy," invited paper in the Mary Baldwin Series on Sept. 11, 2001, Intersections: Politics, Religion, and Culture in Contemporary Islam, 14 November 2001, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.
"The Domestic Ritual Codes and the Promotion of Vedic Piety," 30th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisc., 19-21 October 2001, in the panel "Word and Action in the Forging of Vedic Hermeneutics."
"Ritual Regimens as a Mechanism of Culture-Building in Early Historic South Asia," workshop on "Traditions of Learning and Networks of Knowledge" in the series The Indian Ocean: Trans-regional creation of societies and cultures, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University, 29-30 September 2001.
"Sanskritic Culture and Sanskritization from Above and Below in Classical South Asia," Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, 23 March 2001, in the panel "Transregional Culture-Building in Premodern and Early Modern Asia."
"The Householder Ascetic and the Uses of Self-Discipline," conference on "Asceticism and Power in the Asian Context," Royal Asiatic Society/SOAS, London, 22-24 February 2001.