Talks

Technical Presentations

  • Scripts vs. Emoji: Anatomy of a Non-troversy”. Lightning talk. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (40th), Santa Clara, November 2, 2016

  • Introduction to Indic Scripts in Unicode”. Tutorial. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (40th), Santa Clara, November 1, 2016 [Abstract]

  • Demystifying Unicode: The Fundamentals of Encoding a Script”. International Multilingual User Group (IMUG), San Jose, March 17, 2016 [Abstract]

  • Encoding Kulitan: Crowdsourcing a script encoding?”. Lightning talk. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (39th), Santa Clara, October 27, 2015

  • Introduction to Indic Scripts in Unicode”. Tutorial. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (39th), Santa Clara, October 26, 2015 [Abstract]

  • Making Gondi Googlable”. Google Internationalization Team, Mountain View, August 4, 2015

  • From Local Script to Global Standard: The Lifecycle of a Script in Unicode”. SF Globalization Meetup, San Francisco, August 3, 2015 [Abstract] [Presentation]

  • Current Projects for Encoding Scripts of Asia in Unicode”. Berkeley Unicode Working Group, University of California, Berkeley, March 4, 2015

  • Expanding the Unicode Repertoire: Unencoded Scripts of Africa and Asia”. With Deborah Anderson. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (38th), Santa Clara, November 5, 2014 [Abstract] [Presentation]

  • Challenges for Encoding Siddham in Unicode”. ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 2/WG 2/Ideographic Rapporteur, Meeting #41, Siddham Ad-hoc, Tokyo, Japan, November 22, 2013

  • The Script Encoding Initiative: The Successes and Tribulations of Encoding Scripts”. With Deborah Anderson. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (37th), Santa Clara, October 23, 2013 [Abstract]

  • A Pre-script-ion for the Future: The Role of Unicode in the Development of Minority Languages in South Asia”. Sessional presentation. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (35th), Santa Clara, October 19, 2011 [Abstract]

  • Script Encoding Initiative 2010: Progress and Endgame”. With Deborah Anderson. Panel: Unicode Outside of Industry: News from Academic and Non-Profit Projects. Internationalization and Unicode Conference (34th), Santa Clara, October 20, 2010 [Abstract]

Academic Conference Papers

  • Global Computing Standards and Linguistic Equality: Opportunities and Challenges in India”. Symposium on Language and Equality, Study Group on Language at the United Nations, New York, April 29, 2014

  • Kinship, Kingship, and the ‘Conundrum’ of the Brahmin Self in North Bihar”. South Asia Graduate Student Conference (11th Annual), University of Chicago, April 18, 2014

  • Revisiting the Early History of Banaras Hindu University: Normative Histories and New Discoveries”, with Tejakar Jha. Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, September 11, 2013

  • Raj Darbhanga and the History of Banaras Hindu University: The Untold Story”, with Tejakar Jha. Malaviya Moolya Anushilan Kendra, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, September 10, 2013

  • Invention of Writing Systems in Modern North-Eastern India”. All-India Conference of Linguists (34th Annual), Shillong, India, November 2, 2012

  • Political Anxieties about ‘Language’ and ‘Dialect’: The Case of Hindi and the Scheduled Status of Maithili”. All-India Conference of Linguists (32nd), Lucknow, India, December 21, 2010

  • Fashioning a Transnational Bihari Identity through Bhojpuri Film Songs”. Conference on South Asia (38th Annual), University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 23, 2009

  • Embedding Myth, Imagining Mithila: The Use of Myth in the Construction of Nationalist Histories of North Bihar”. South Asia Colloquium of the Pacific Northwest, Graduate Student Conference, Seattle, March 6, 2009

  • The Political Taxonomy of the Hindi ‘Language’ and its ‘Dialects’: The Case of Maithili”. Conference on South Asia (37th Annual), University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 18, 2008

  • Mithila Rising: Resurgence of the Mithila Statehood Movement in North Bihar”. South Asia Colloquium of the Pacific Northwest, Graduate Student Conference, Vancouver, Canada, February 29, 2008

  • Greased Cartridges and Slippery Slopes: Origins of the Sepoy Rebellion in Nationalist Imaginations”. South Asia Colloquium of the Pacific Northwest, Graduate Student Conference, Seattle, March 2, 2007

  • Avenging Maithili: Language and Electoral Politics in Bihar, 2004”. New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference (11th Annual), York University, Toronto, Canada, February 17, 2007

Guest Lectures

  • Technology and the Politics of Language in South Asia”, invited by Professor William Baxter, Languages of Asia (Ling 367 & Asian 367), University of Michigan, April 20, 2010

  • Digital Technology and the Politics of Language and Script in South Asia”, invited by Professor Matthew Hull, Language, Culture, and Society in South Asia (Anthrcul 464), University of Michigan, October 15, 2008

  • Turks and Mughals: The Expansion of Islam in South Asia”, invited by Professor Thomas Trautmann, Indian Civilization (History 206), University of Michigan, October 28, 2009