Seminars and Talks


Keynote Speeches

Depletion: The Human Cost of Caring
ICAS, New Delhi
21 January, 2020; 11:00 – 13:00

Lecture – The Politics of Lament
ICAS – CSDS
06 February, 2020; 08:00 – 08:30

Research workshop: Depletion and Social Reproduction
University of Sydney
28 February; 14:00 – 17:00

Feminist Everyday Political Economy: Space, Time and Violence
Monash University, Gender Peace and Security Centre Seminar
02 March 2020; 14:30-16:00

Sudha Pai, Book Launch – “Constitutional and Democratic Institutions in India A Critical Analysis.”
IIC
24 January 2020; 17:00 – 19:00

What Do Women Bring to Politics?
Feminist Economics Saturday Discussion Group, Habitat Centre
18 January 2020; 12:30 – 14:00

Feminist Everyday Political Economy: Space, Time and Violence
Women’s Studies & Development Centre for advanced studies,
18 February 2020; 08:30 – 10:30

Workshop on my work ‘Ethnographic Time – Use Survey to study Social Reproduction and Depletion’
Institute of Social Studies Trust, Claridges Hotel
February 19th 2020; 10:00 – 13:00 pm

Reimagining the State: Feminist and Postcolonial Perspectives
University of Kent
19th May, 2016

The Good Life: From Miserable Inequality to Happy Solidarity?
Political Studies Association Annual Conference Keynote Speech
21 March 2016

Aesthetics and the Nation: Murals in the Indian Parliament
Law by Other Means conference; Jawaharlal University, New Delhi
9 February 2015

Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament
Norwegian Parliament, Oslo
23 October, 2014

‘Performance as a Lens on Parliaments’, Parliaments and Methodology – Anthropological, Discourse-Oriented and Digital Approaches to Parliamentary History
Helsinki and Jyväskylä, Finland
12-14 June, 2014

Performance and Politics: A Framework for Democratic Analysis, Distinguished Lecture Series
Aberystwyth University
4 March 2014

‘Panchayats, Deliberative Democracy and Development’
Plenary Speech, Women and Citizenship, New Delhi
24 April, 2005

‘Gender, Globalisation and Inequality’
American Political Science Association Meeting, Plenary Session
September, 2004 

‘Quotas for Women in South Asian Politics’ 
Stockholm University
June 2004

Invited to give a lecture on the theoretical framework for the follow-up conference of Expert Group Meeting on National Machineries
Rome
December 2004. 

The Dawning of the ‘Asian Century’
Governance in an Era of Globalisation: “Where are the Women?”

New Delhi
12 December, 2012
Paper prepared for the Indian Association of International Studies Conference

Depletion: Measuring the Costs of Social Reproduction and
a workshop to discuss and complement my work was organised on the ‘Social Reproduction and the Crisis’

Kennedy School, The Free University, Berlin University
25 June, 2012

‘Parity in Representation’
Women’s Faculty Forum, Yale University
31 March, 2012

‘Depletion: Measuring the Costs of Social Reproduction’
Public Lecture, London School of Economics
6 February, 2012

‘Futures of Feminisms: Hope and Despair’
Feminist and Women’s Studies Annual Conference
5th July 2011

‘Gender and Governance’
Keynote Address, Changing Paradigms of Governance, Law and Rights
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
14-15 February 2011

‘Social Reproduction and Depletion’
Keynote paper, Feminisms and its Discontents
Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, India
18-20 February, 2011

 ‘Do women make a difference in parliamentary politics?’
The Gender and Public Sector Governance Groups of the PREM Network
World Bank, Washington
February 19, 2009

‘Gender inequalities and parliamentary politics: dilemmas of change’ 
International Conference on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Parliaments: Challenges and Opportunities
Wilton Park, Sussex
27-30 October 2008

 ‘Gender Mainstreaming in/and Trade: Gender Expert Group on Trade, UK’
International Seminar on Moving Towards Gender Sensitisation of Trade Policy
UN Committee on Trade And Development (UNCTAD), New Delhi, India
25-27 February, 2008

‘Feminising Global Governance’
Invited Lecture at the Law School,
University of Toronto
22 November 2007  

“Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes, with particular emphasis on political participation and leadership” 
Expert Group Meeting on Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes, with particular emphasis on political participation and leadership 
UN DESA/DAW, Addis Ababa
October 24-27, 2005

Women and Informal Power in the Indian Parliament
Conference on Rituals and Informal Power in Parliaments
(Invitees to the conference included European scholars from the field of anthropology, history and political science, as well as parliamentarians and Senior Clarks of the British, French, German and Czech parliaments)
Hamburg University, Warburg-Haus, Hamburg
3-4 May, 2002

Speech at the UN General Assembly to the Commission on the Status of Women
The panel addressed the issue of ‘Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women’ as a follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing
March 4, 1999

Invited Seminars

Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Magic Numbers
Jawaharlal Nehru University
21 January 2016

Travelling to Work
Institute of Advanced Studies
6 February 2016

Performance and Politics
South Asia University, New Delhi
4 March, 2016

Performance and Politics
Ambedkar University of Delhi, New Delhi
9 March 2016

Postcolonial Feminist IR: Recognition Panel Roundtable
International Studies Association, New York
2009

Envisioning Trajectories of Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Roundtable
International Studies Association
2009

Gender, Globalisation and (In)Security Roundtable
International Studies Association
2009

‘Feminist Ethics and Global Development’ Plenary Speech
Annual Global Ethics Conference, University of Birmingham
3 – 5 September 2007

‘Narratives of Politics and Leadership: Indian Women MPs’
British Association of South Asian Studies
16 November, 2007 

‘Recasting Global Political Economy’ (co-speaker with Prof. V.S. Peterson)
International Studies Association Conference, San Diego
21-25 March, 2006

‘Legacies of Common Law: ‘Crimes of Honour’ in India and Pakistan’
International Studies Association Conference, San Diego
21-25 March, 2006

 ‘Feminising Global Governance’ Plenary SpeechFeminist Ethics, Feminist Politics and the States We are In
Conference of the UK Political Studies Association Women and Politics Group, Edinburgh
11 February, 2006

‘Gender and International Political Economy’ University College, Oxford,
18 November, 2005

 ‘Feminising Global Governance’, Plenary Speech – Human Rights and Global Justice Conference
University Of Warwick
29-31 March, 2005

‘Gendering Global Governance’
Bristol University Research Seminar
2 February 2005

‘Legacies of Common Law: ‘Crimes of Honour’ in India and Pakistan’
Feminist Perspectives on Rights-Based Development
Conference at Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton
26-27 September, 2005

‘Gendered Perspectives on Global Governance’
Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
18th October, 2004

Centre for Narrative Studies
University of East London
20th March, 2003

‘Narratives and Politics Workshop’
European Network on Human Rights, Inaugural Conference
Centre for Global Ethics, University of Birmingham
29th January, 2003

ESRC Seminar Series on ‘Gender, Law and Governance’
Networking Across Borders: South Asian Research Network on Gender, Law and Governance
University of Warwick
27th March, 2003

‘Global Knowledge Networks’
Networking Across Borders: South Asian Research Network (SARN) on Gender, Law and Governance
International Studies Association Convention,
New Orleans

25 March, 2002

Class and Caste in the Indian Parliament
Institute of Historical Research, University of London
14 May, 2002

Conference on ‘Towards an International Political Economy of Development: Globalisation and Governance’
Political Economy Research Centre, University of Sheffield
4-6 July 2002

Panel on ‘Anti-Globalisation Movements: Feminist Perspectives’
British Association of International Studies
17 December 2002

Conference on National Machineries for the Advancement of Women, Keynote Speaker
National Commission on the Status of Women, Peshawar, Pakistan
4th April 2001

The Global and Local: Gendered Governance
Panel organised by the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
Political Studies Association Conference, Rajasthan, India
April, 2001

Gender and Globalisation: Citizenship and Entitlements
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Conference, University of Kent at Canterbury
8 September 2001

Explaining Difference(s), Gender and Village-Level Democracy in India and China
Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, Seminar on Gender, Culture and Development
19 February, 1998

Gender and Empowerment: Political Representation and Indian Women, Research Seminar
Centre for Democratisation Studies,
University of Westminster, Research Seminar

24 March, 1998

Conference on Culture and Economics, Nationalism, Nation-Building and Development: Feminist Perspectives
Society for Critical Exchange (USA) and University of Exeter
24 July, 1998

Gender and Elite Politics in India and the European Union
Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics
7 February, 1997

Explaining Difference(s), Gender and Village-Level Democracy in India and China
ESRC Seminar on Gender and Race, University of Warwick
18 October, 1997

Gender, Class and Representation in India and the European Union
Political Studies Association Conference, Glasgow University
April 1996

 Gender, Representation and Good Government: Perspectives on India and Chile 
British Council Seminar on Good Government and Law, London
27 March, 1995

Women and the State in the Third World
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
15 April, 1994

Gender and Representation: Women MPs in the Indian Parliament
Conference on ‘Getting Institutions Right for Women in Development’
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
3 November, 1994 

Theorising Gender and the State in the Third World
Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics
18 November, 1994

Women in the Face of Change: Impact of De-Socialisation
Centre for Russian and East European Studies, Birmingham
February 3, 1993

Gender, Colonialism Racial Politics
Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations,
University of Warwick

February 19, 1993

Competing and Learning: Women and the State in Post-Mao China
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
April, 21, 1993

The Chinese Intellectual and the Post-Mao Reforms
Department of Politics Staff Seminar, University of Glasgow
November 1, 1993

Women and the Post-Colonial State: Gujrati Women Traders in Delhi
The Centre for Studies in Democratisation, University of Warwick
29 November, 1993

Feminism and Orientalism: beyond difference? (with Joanna Liddle)
UK Women’s Network Conference, Preston
25 July, 1992

Power of Presentation: British Scholarship and the Indian Woman (with Joanna Liddle)
Britain-India Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
22 September, 1992

‘Women and the Socialist States’; also presented a paper on Gender, Education and Employment in China
Political Studies Association Conference, Lancaster
1991

The Post-Mao Reforms and Women Intellectuals
Joint Conference of DSA Women and Development Study Group and the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies, University of York
26 May 1990

Gender, Education and Employment in Post-Mao China
Women and Society Seminar
Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, University of Birmingham
31 October, 1990

Political Implications of the Post-Mao Economic Reforms
Politics Seminar, Kent University
7 December, 1990 

Intellectuals and the Post-Mao State
Department of Chinese and Japanese Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi
13 February 1989

Post-Mao Reforms and the Gender Question
Indraprastha College, University of Delhi, Delhi
20 February 1989

Women Intellectuals and the Post-Mao Reforms
School of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies, University of Warwick
27 November 1989

The Politics of Reform: Education in Post-Mao China
Manchester University, Manchester
4 December, 1989

The Impact of Post-Mao Economic Reforms on Gender Politics in China
London China Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
2 January 1988

Politics of Educational Reform jn China: the Party in the University
Jesus College, Cambridge University, Cambridge
4 April 1988

Women in Post-Mao China: Reform and Contradiction
Graduate Seminar, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge
2 March 1986