Panels & Lectures

Keynote Lectures


Future is the Past: Towards Radical Indigeneity

Re-Model the Art Symposium

August 11, 2018

Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco


Productive Failure: Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories

Art and Speculative Futures Conference

October 27, 2016

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain


Artistic Practice as Theory and as Entangled with the World

Lecture Series

October 4 and November 7, 2016

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan



Refereed Conference Panels Organized

at Professional Organization Annual Conferences


The Impact of Curatorial Knowledge – the Legacy of Okwui Enwezor

College Art Association 108th Annual Conference

February 12 - 15, 2020


A Reckoning With the Recent Future of Art Historical Knowledge Production

College Art Association 107th Annual Conference

February 13 - 16, 2019

New York City

Art History as Créolité/Creolizing Art History

Association for Art History Annual Conference

April 6 - 8, 2017

Leicestershire, UK


Queer Exhaustion

College Art Association 104th Annual Conference

February 3 - 6, 2016

Washington, DC

Colour Me Queer

Association for Art Historians Annual Conference

April 10 -12, 2014

London, UK

Live Art and Performance in History and the Politics of Inclusion

Performance Studies international #18 Annual Conference: Performance :: Culture :: Industry

June 27 - July 1, 2012

Leeds, UK


Refereed Conference Papers

at Professional Organization Annual Conferences


Queer Chinese Feminist Archipelago: Shanghai, San Francisco, Miami

College Art Association 108th Annual Conference

February 12 - 15, 2020


Mapping Sexual Artistic Geographies: Minor Transnational Approaches & Horizontal Art History

College Art Association 106th Annual Conference

February 21 - 24, 2018

Los Angeles, CA

Creolising Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories

Association for Art History Annual Conference

April 2017

Loughborough, UK

Queer Desi Flânerie: My Manchester, England, 2005 and 2015

Association of Asian American Studies Annual Conference

April 25, 2015

Chicago, IL


Queer Zen: Cy Twombly, Abstraction, and Identity

College Art Association 102nd Annual Conference

February 2014

Chicago, IL

Queer Zen and the Networked Body: Abstraction, Assemblage and Identity in Artworks from the 1950s and 1960s

Association of Asian American Studies Annual Conference

RE-MIXing It Up: Queering Curry Mile and Currying Canal Street, Manchester, UK

Performance Studies international #18 Annual Conference: Performance :: Culture :: Industry

April 2013

Seattle, Washington

June 2012

Leeds, UK


Experiential/Collection: Contemporary Manchester Museum

Association of Art Historians Annual Conference

March 2012

Milton Keynes, UK

Relational Aesthetics, Activist Public Art, and Queer Desi Futures

College Art Association 98th Annual Conference

February 2010

Chicago, Illinois

Queer and Sensual Geographies of Urban Spaces: Manchester, United Kingdom

Performance Studies international #14 Annual Conference: Interregnum - In Between States

August 2008

Copenhagen, Denmark



Other Invited Papers/Lectures (select)


  • Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, New York, June 28, 2019, “Art History as Storytelling” (with Yasmeen Siddiqui)


  • School of Visual Arts, New York City, November 6, 2018, “Surviving Election Night or Art (History) as World-making”

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, June 16, 2018, New Black Queer Audiovisuals Symposium, “Queer Exhaustion and Radical Vulnerability”


  • Museum of Art–Deland Downtown, Florida, January 5, 2017. Invited to give lecture “Back to the Future: Works of Natvar Bhavsar and Cy Twombly” as part of Natvar Bhavsar’s solo exhibition


  • New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, July 14, 2013, Process/Practice/Portfolio 2.0 day-long event, “Authorship and Contemporary Art History”


  • New York University’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, November 2010, “Camp Aesthetics” as part of visiting scholar appointment at NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality


  • University of Manchester, England, June 2008, Sexuality Summer School (theme: Queering Culture), “Researching Queer Desi Visualities”

Panel Participant/Moderator/Discussant


  • College Art Association annual conference,Chicago, 2020. Discussant for “Technologies of Drag: South Asians Queering American Art Through Craft and Design” panel


  • History Miami Museum, May 23, 2019. Miami’s LGBTQ+ Past, Present, and Future. Conversation with Jafari Allen, Brenna Munro; June Raven Romero, Dani Dominguez, and Julio Capó, Jr.

  • Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, March 23, 2019. Conversation with curator Abby Chen and artist Lam Tung Pang regarding Pang’s solo exhibition

  • Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas, February 27, 2019. Panel discussion with Cassils and Laura Gutierrez

  • Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, January 17, 2019. Conversation regarding my book Productive Failure: writing queer transnational South Asian art histories with curator María Elena Ortiz


  • New York Academy of Art,November 7, 2018. Creating Visual Histories: The Role of Art History Today. Conversation with Sharon Louden and Yasmeen Siddiqui

  • Pérez Art Museum Miami,March 6 and 8, 2018. Conversation on Steve McQueen’s “End Credits” with Susan Robeson and curator María Elena Ortiz

  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), California, February 21, 2018. The #MeToo Age: Power & Gender Equity in the Art World panel. Participant, along with Hrag Vartanian, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Tim Doud, and Courtney Fink. Moderated by Sharon Louden

  • Locust Projects, Miami, January 24, 2018. Conversation with artist Pepe Mar regarding his solo exhibition


  • Twelve Gates Arts,Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 11, 2017. Discussion of my monograph Productive Failure with art historian Natasha Bissonauth

  • Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, September 12, 2017 (unable to attend). Discussion with Sharon Louden, Chloe Bass, and Ellen Harvey of Louden’s book Artist as Cultural Producer

  • Queens Museum of Art and Asia Society, New York City, Fatal Love: Where Are We Now? convening, presented by Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and copresented by Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York City, June 31–July 2, 2017.

    • Participant on “Queer Theorists” panel with Natasha Bissonauth, Dr. Ronak Kapadia, and Allan deSouza. Moderated by Kareem Khubchandani.

    • Moderator, “Creating Visual Patois:Extending regional forms to conceptual ones” panel. Panelists included Ambreen Butt, Mahwish Chishty, Shahzia Sikander, and Khalil Chishtee.

  • The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, February 2, 2017. Moderator, ARTalk panel discussion in conjunction with opening of trio of exhibitions exploring gender, identity and the human body, Cassils: Phantom Revenant,Chimeras, and Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance. Panelists included exhibiting artists Cassils and Paula Wilson; and Risa Puleo, curator-in-residence


  • Adam Mickiewicz University,Poznań, Poland, October 21, 2015. Invited to give a workshop on the book project “Productive Failure: Writing Transnational South Asian Art Histories”

  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland, September 9, 2015. Invited to give a presentation and participate in discussion regarding the book From Museum Critique to the Critical Museumto which I contributed. Other speakers include Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, John Onians, Krzysztof Zwirblis, and Ewa Toniak

  • David Castillo Gallery, Miami, April 10, 2015. Conversation with artist Lyle Ashton Harris regarding his solo exhibition

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, April 4, 2015. Conversation regarding Alternative Contemporaneity (TAZ) exhibition


  • The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, November 19, 2014. Conversation with artist Ryan Trecartin 


  • Miami Beach Urban Studios, November 20, 2013. Pecha Kucha event for WOMEN exhibition, “Signifiers in Queer/Feminist Contemporary Art in Asia and Miami”

  • Coral Gables Museum, Miami, October 3, 2013. Panelist regarding the exhibition Relevance of Phillip Johnson and his Glass House to Art and ArchitectureToday

  • Reed College, Portland, Oregon, September 2013. Invited to be a part of a discussion on Amelia Jones’s 2012 book Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts

  • Locust Projects,Miami, August 10, 2013. Conversation with artist Nick Gilmore


  • The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, February 2012. Moderator of panel Geometric Abstraction, accompanying the exhibition “Color on Color”


  • University of Manchester’s Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, England, July 2011. Respondent to panel “Viewing, Living, and Representing the City” at Diasporic Conviviality, Cosmopolitanism, and Urban Spaces workshop