April 11-13, 2017
Seminar titled “Inequality in the Era of ‘War on Terror’: On Underrepresentation of Minorities in Political Economy and Overrepresentation in Jail”, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
February 24-25, 2017
Paper “Turn to the Right? The Indian Left and the ‘Muslim Question’ in Post-1947 India”. South Asia Conference: Inequality in South Asia, New York University, New York.
November 18, 2016
Discussant for the panel “Being Muslim from South Asia”, American Anthropological Association Conference, Minneapolis.
November 18, 2016
Speaker in the Roundtable “Anthropological Publics, Public Anthropology”, American Anthropological Association Conference, Minneapolis.
August 14-15, 2016
“When Religion Becomes Something Else and Something Else Religion: Anthropology, Enlightenment, Religion and IR”. Paper at Symposium The Politics of Religious Freedom in
the Asia-Pacific, University of Notre Dame, Sydney (Elizabeth Shakman Hurd as Keynote Speaker)
March 17, 2016
“Rumor of Democracy: Media, Religion and the 2014 Elections”, University of Oslo, Norway.
March 14-16, 2016
“Religion and Violent Extremism: An Anthropological Perspective from India”. UNDP Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism by Promoting Inclusive Development, Tolerance and Respect for Diversity. Oslo, Norway.
January 18-19, 2016
“Democracy as Rumour: Media, Religion, and the 2014 Indian Elections”, EECURI Network-ACU Conference, Sariska, Rajasthan, India.
July 07, 2015
“Democracy as Rumor: Media, Religion and the 2014 Indian Elections”. The International Convention of Asia Scholars, ICAS, Conference (supported by South Asian Studies Association of Australia, SASAA), Adelaide, Australia, in the panel “Acche din [Good Days]? Politics and Governance in India after One Year of the BJP”.
January 21, 2015
“Rumor and Democratic Politics: Anthropological Notes on the 2014 Indian Elections”. Department of Sociology Seminar Series, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), Delhi, India.
January 13, 2015
“Democracy as Rumor: Media, Religion and the 2014 Indian Elections”, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
December 07, 2014
“Margins of Knowledge: Nation-State, “the Other” and the Disciplin(e)Ing of Sociology/Anthropology” . Paper given at the 113 American Anthropology Association Annual Conference, Washigton DC. Reviewed by Society for the Anthropology of Religion.
November 11-13, 2014
“Sociological Imagination Reloaded: Political Anthropology with a Cosmopolitan Aim”. Paper given at the Combined ASAANZ /AAS Anthropology Conference, 2014, Queenstown, New Zealand, organized by University of Otago.
September 22, 2014
“Is the Post-9/11 Political Landscape of India Kafkaesque?” Public Talk at Hamilton Place, Boston, MA, USA organized by TwoCircles.Net, Alliance for a Secular Democratic South Asia, and E-5.
May 2, 2014
“After Atrocity: Indian Democracy and Secularism in the Wake of the Gujarat Pogrom”. Talk at IILAH Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia.
January 14, 2014
“Margins of Knowledge: Nation-State, the “Other” and the Discplin(e)ing of Sociology/Anthropology”, Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, India.
January 13, 2014
“Theorizing Religion and Democracy: The Transformation of India’s Jamaat-e-Islami”, Public Talk at University of Hyderabad, India.
December 22, 2013
“Islamic Reform”, Keynote Address at the Kerala Muslim Heritage Studies Conference, Calicut, Kerala, India.
December 13-14, 2013
“Propose and Oppose: Islam in Asia Over Longue Duree” paper for the workshop Reimagining Asia organized jojntly by The Indian Economic and Social History Review and Sageand held at Teen Murti, New Delhi.
June 20—21, 2013
“Bloody Democracy”, paper at the Conference Future of Democracy: Europe and Islam in the Twenty First Century, Monash University Centre at Prato, Italy.
April 19-21, 2013
“Margins of Knowledge: Nation-State, ‘the Other’ and the Disciplin(e)ing of Sociology/Anthropology”, Key lecture for the conference Questioning Marginality, Brown University, Providence, USA
November 29, 2012
“Toward an Anthropology of Critique: Secular, Religious, Immanent, Transcendental…”. Paper at the South Asian Studies Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
November 21, 2012
“Toward an Anthropology of Critique: Secular, Religious, Immanent, Transcendental…”. Paper at the The Committee for the Study of Religion Seminar Series, City University of New York, New York, USA
July 11-13 2012
“Kafka in India: Terrorism, Media, Muslims”, Paper at the 9th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association, Sydney, University of Western Sydney presented as part of the Panel (convened by Irfan Ahmad) Leadership Matters: Elites, Media, Nationalism and Religion in South Asia
July 7, 2012
“One Movement, Three Countries, Seven Decades: The Trajectory of Jamaat-e-Islami in South Asia”, paper at the Workshop titled Following the Path of the Prophet Muhammad: Islamic Piety, Social Movements and Political Organization, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, Cluster of ExcellenceNormative Orders
November 23 2011
“How Not to Talk About Secularism and Islam”. Paper at the conference Ethics in a Multi-Faith Society: Muslims and Christians in Dialogue, held at and organized byAustralian Catholic University, and Australian Intercultural Society, Melbourne
October 20 2011
“Anthropology of Nationalism, Nationalism of Anthropology: Notes on the Idea and Practice of Indian Anthropology”. Anthropology Colloquium,Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
September 27-28, 2011
“Kafka in India: A Short Essay on Three Big Ts –Terrorism, Treason, Technology”. Paper at the conference Islam in Modern South Asia organized by Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore.
September 16, 2011
“Re-theorizing Democracy and Islam”. Public lecture at Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
June 16-17, 2011
“In Defense of Ho(s)tel: Islamophobia, Domophilia and the West”, paper at Globalization, Illiberalism, the West and Islamconference, Monash University Prato Campus, Italy.
April 28-30, 2011
“De-Democratization in Muslim Societies”. Paper at the conference Spirited Voices from the Muslim World: Islam, Democracy, Gender Rights, University of Sydney, Australia.
April 2-8, 2011
“The Revolt of the Young: An Essay on Revolting Injustice”. Paper at the advanced seminar The 9/11 Generation: Young Muslims in New World Order, SAR, New Mexico, USA.
February, 8, 2011
“Writing Anthropology of India: Notes on Methodlogical Nationalism”. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany.
December 18-19 2010
“Democracy, Theo-democracy, Nation: Re-reading Maududi and Jamaat-e-Islami”. Paper at Transcending Binaries: Conference on Islam & Politics in South Asia. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
October 27, 2010
“Islam and Democracy: Some Anthropological Reflections”. Paper at Australian National University. Department of Anthropology.
July -05-08, 2010
“Writing Anthropology of India: Notes on Methodological Nationalism”. Paper at the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
May 19-24, 2010
“Islam and Democracy: Some Anthropological Reflections”. Paper at the conference Realigning Liberalism: Pluralism, Integration and Identitiesorganized under the banner “Philosophers Bridge the Bosphorous” by Reset Dialogue on Civilizations, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul.
March 22-23, 2010
“Writing Anthropology of India: Preliminary Notes on Methodological Nationalism”. Paper at the workshop Studying Spaces of Non-Existence: Methodological Concerns, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
February 11, 2010
Ahmad, Irfan. “Culture and Critique”. Seminar at the Centre for the Study of Social System, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
December 2-6 2009
Ahmad, Irfan. “An Outline of Abul Kalam Azad’s Cosmopolitan Theology”, 108th Annual Conference of American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia; Panel on Muslim Cosmopolitanism and the End/s of Secularism? Movement, Identity, and Contemporary Reconfigurations.
December 01, 2009
Ahmad, Irfan. “Islam and Democracy in India: Some Anthropological Reflections”. Michigan State University, Lansing, USA. Invited Talk based on my book Islamism and Democracy in India.
Ahmad, Irfan. “In Defense of Hotel: Notes on Why Islamophobia Should Be Read as Homephilia”. Conference on Islamophobia: Fear of the Other. Monash University, Melbourne.
November 28-29 2008
Ahmad, Irfan. “Outline of a Theory of Immanent Critique”. International Workshop on “Understanding Immanent Critique: Cultural Politics and Islamic Activism”, Leiden, The Netherlands
July 9-11 2008
Ahmad, Irfan. “Genealogy of the Islamic State: Reflections on Maududi’s Political Thought and Islamism”, 20th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Manchester, UK
October 19-20 2007
Ahmad, Irfan. “The Show Boy, Hindus’ Imam, an Apostate, or a Nationalist? A Preliminary Outline of Abulkalam Azad’s Cosmopolitan Theology”.Contemporary Muslim Cosmopolitanisms Conference, Cambridge University.
September 06 2007
Ahmad, Irfan. “How Practice Transforms Theory: Immanent Critique and Jamaat-e-Islami’s Changing Discourse”. Weekly seminar at Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
May 25 2007
Ahmad, Irfan. “Genealogy of the Islamic State: Reflections on Maududi’s Political Thought and Islamism”, Conference on Cool Passion: The Political Theology of Conviction, University of Amsterdam.
December 01 2006
Ahmad, Irfan. “Cracks in the ‘Fort of Islamic Culture’: Jamaat-e-Islami’s Changing Discourse on Women”, South Asia Seminar, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK.
November 15 2006
Ahmad, Irfan. “Cracks in the ‘Fort of Islamic Culture’: Jamaat-e-Islami’s Changing Discourse on Women”, 105th Annual Conference of American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California; Panel on Islam, Politics and Modernity: Anthropological Perspectives.
October 13-15 2006
Ahmad, Irfan. “ ‘If We Don’t …Wage Jihad, What Will We Do?’ Explaining Radicalization of Young Islamists in India”, Conference on Youth and the Global South: Religion, Politics and the Making of Youth in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Dakar, Senegal.
April 6-9 2006
Ahmad, Irfan. “Erosion of Secularism and Explosion of Jihad: Explaining Islamist Radicalization in India”, Panel on “Ideology of Transformation, Transformation of Ideology: The Many Faces of the Jamaat-e-Islami in South Asia” for Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, San Francisco.
February 20 2006
Ahmad, Irfan. “Is Genre Sovereign: Poetry and Limits of Islamism?” Public Culture Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin.
May 26-27 2005
Ahmad, Irfan. “Between Moderation and Radicalization: Transnational Interactions of Jamaat-e-Islami of India”, Workshop on Islamic Reform Movements in South Asia, SOAS, University of London.
May 19-21 2005
Ahmad, Irfan. “Familiar Discourse in an Unfamiliar World: Conflict, Protest and Democratization in a Tahriki Madrasa of North India”, International Workshop on Islamic Learning in South Asia, Erfurt University, Germany.
October 25 004
Ahmad, Irfan. “Should Ideology Remain an Orphan in Movement Theories: Ideological Mutation and Islamist Movement in India?” Workshop with James Jasper on Protest: Theory and Practice after the Paradigms, ASSR, University of Amsterdam.
November 21 2003
Ahmad, Irfan. “ ‘Ninety Nine Percent Individuals of this Qaum are Ignorant of Islam, Ninety Five Percent Are Deviant…’ Discourse of Purity and Purity of Discourse”, Dutch Anthropological Association Conference, 105th year, Leiden. Panel: Postcoloniality and the Search for Purity.
May 6 2003
Ahmad, Irfan. “Understanding Religious Nationalist Movement in India: How (Ir)relevant is the Contentious Politics Model”, Workshop with Sidney Tarrow on Contentious Politics: Identity, Mobilization and Transnational Politics, University of Amsterdam.
July 15-28 2001
Ahmad, Irfan. “Mapping Religious Nationalism: The Jamaat-e-Islami in India”, Summer Institute Workshop on Public Spheres and Muslim Identities, Wissenschaftskolleg Zu, Berlin.
May 28 2001
“Politicize Islam, Islamize Politics: Electoral Process and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind”, Conference on Cultures of Voting held at Centre d’Etudes et de Recherché Internationales, Paris.