2016. ‘Hindu Attitudes to Non-Human Animals: Precept, Practice and Politics,’ Animal Welfare and Religion Symposium, University of Winchester. 2 November.
2016 ‘The Dalai Lama: Liberal or Strategic Peacebuilder.’ Conference on Buddhism and Conflict Transformation, Winchester University and the Centre for Applied Buddhism. Taplow Court, Maidenhead. 18-19 July.
2016. 'Cultural Conquest and the Rescue of the West’: ISKCON and the Discourses of Modernity and Tradition. Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Divinity School and Center for the Study of World Religions. 22-24 April.
2015 ‘Crossing the Boundaries: The Liberation Ethics and Spiritualities of the Dalai Lama and Dr Babasaheh Ambedkar.’ The Religion in the Local and Global: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Challenges. British Association of the Study of Religion Annual Conference. 7-9 September.
2015 (invited speaker). Peace Forum on ‘Peace Studies for Developing World Peace,’ hosted by The Peace Studies Program of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University. 26 May.
2015 (invited speaker and panel moderator) ‘Transcending Religions, Transforming Traditions: The Liberation Spiritualities and Ethics of the Dalai Lama and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.’ International Buddhist Conference of the United Nations Day of Vesak, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya, and United Nations Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. 27-31 May (source of funding: Thailand UNDV-2015 Buddhist Conference).
2014 ‘The Role of Religions in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding.’ Joint paper with Mark Owen. Societas Ethica Annual Conference, Maribor, Slovenia. 21 August.
2014 (keynote speaker) ‘Religious Literacy’: Why It is Important.’ South East England's Faith Forum AGM on religious literacy, 7 June.
2014 ‘Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Recovery in Nepal: A Buddhist Case Study.’ The United Nations Day of Vesak Conference hosted by the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Bai Dinh Temple, Vietnam, 7-11 May (source of funding: Vietnam UNDV-2014 Buddhist Conference).
2013 ‘Religion and Peacebuilding in Nepal: Problems and Potentials.’ RKE Symposium, 29 April.
2012 ‘Crossing Boundaries: Religion as Science, Science as Religion.’ British Association of the Study of Religion (BASR), Conference on ‘Borders, Boundaries and Transgressions: within and between religions’ 6-7 September.
2012 UK première of LEAP. British Association of the Study of Religion (BASR) Conference on ‘Borders, Boundaries and Transgressions: within and between religions.’ 6-7 September.
2012 ‘Vedic Science, Modern Science and Reason.’ IAHR Special Conference: "Religions, Science and Technology in Cultural Contexts: Dynamics of Change", hosted by NTNT & The Norwegian Association for the History of Religions, Trondheim/Norway, March 1-13.
2012 ‘From Cyborg to Chimera.’ International Conference on Eastern Rationality: Trends and Relevance in a Technocratic Society. Arul Anandar College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. 19 January.
2011 ‘Triumph and Tragedy on Mount Everest (Sagarmāthā/Chomolungma): the Relationship of Spirituality and Climbing in Mountaineering Literature.’ Second International Death Day Conference. Hosted by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Winchester. 14 May.
2011 ‘Living and Dying in the Death Zone: Lessons in Impermanence.’ IAHR Regional Conference: "Mountains in the Religions of South and Southeast Asia; Place, Culture, and Power," hosted by The South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR), Thimphu/Bhutan, June 30-July 03, 2011. Funded by a Readership grant.
2010 ‘Back to Godhead.’ The Death Symposium, International Death Day Conference. Hosted by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Winchester. 15 May.
2010 ‘The Glorious Disappearance (Death) of Vaishnavas.’ STIMW. (Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World). 28 May.
2010 Talks on ‘Religion, Women and Motherhood’ for BBC Radio Solent and ten other radio stations throughout UK.
2009 ‘Gods behaving Badly: the Relationship of Religion and Ethics.’ Public Interfaith Lecture, University of Winchester.
2008 ‘Islam, Women and Violence.’ Britain and Ireland School of Feminist Theology (BISFT) conference on ‘Women, Religion and Violence,’ University of Winchester. 21-24 July.
2009 ‘The Waters of Devotion: Globalising the Gaṅgā, Revalorising Tradition.’ The South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR), Regional Conference: ‘Waters in South and Southeast Asia: Interaction of Culture and Religion,’ Denpasar/Indonesia, June 3-6.
2007 ‘The Glorious Disappearance (Death) of Vaishnavas.’ INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements) public conference on NRMs, Death and Dying. London School of Economics, May 2007.
2007 'Kali, the Great Goddess: Is Shakti Empowering for Women?’ Interfaith public lecture. University of Winchester.
2007 ‘From Untouchable to Dalit: Gaining a Global Voice.’ The Second International Faith, Spirituality and Social Change Conference, University of Winchester. 14 April.
2005 ‘Thealogising Radha.’ The 22nd annual STIMW (Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World) at the University of Manchester, 27 May.
2005 ‘Is the Goddess a Feminist?’ Conference hosted by Madras Theosophical Society, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, South India.
2004 ‘Dalit Theology: A Theology of Outrage.’ Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, Oxford, 26-28 March.
2002 ‘Kumbha Melā in the Digital Age: ‘Hara-Hara Hysteria.’ ASAA Biennial Conference, Hobart, Tasmania and La Trobe University, Melbourne.
2002 ‘Kumbha Melā and the Media.’ 7th Honours and Postgraduate Residential Workshop on South Asia 2002 for the National Centre for South Asian Studies (NCSAS) organised by the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University and sponsored by the Australia India Council
2002 ‘Indic Religious Traditions and Ecological Sustainability,’ Sustainability Research Group, Murdoch University, Freemantle.
2000 ‘Gaṅgā: Waters of Devotion,’ Conference on Ritual and Devotion. Faculty of Theology, Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Religions, University of Cambridge.
2000 ‘Kumbha Melā.’ Research Colloquium. Wolfson College, Cambridge University.
1999 ‘Kumbha Melā: Intoxication, Danger and Bliss,’ The 24th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, The Cherwell Centre, Oxford, 19 March.
1998 ‘Kumbha Melā 1998.’ Southampton Society for the Study of Religion, University of Southampton.
1997 ‘Time, Place and Person in Hindu Rituals of Death.’ Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.
1997 ‘Hindu Approaches to Death,’ NATFHE Religious Studies Section, Chichester Institute of Higher Education,/University of Chichester).
1987 ‘Hindu Responses to Modernity.’ Kobe University, Japan.