The Mask as Conduit for Knowing God 

Zikr: Locating Sufi Performance: Critical Perspectives on Music, Ritual, and Remembrance, Université Cheikh Anta Diop. Co-organized by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Université Cheikh Anta Diop. Dakar, Senegal. 2017.

President’s Roundtable: The Magic of Things: A Conversation across Regions and Disciplines about Agentive Statues and Masks

Association for Asian Studies. AAS President: Laurel Kendall. Roundtable Panelists: Sarah Horton, Joyce Flueckiger, James Robson, Laurie Margot Ross, and Chia-yu Hu. Toronto, 2017.

Is Dance Islamic?: A Tassawuf Interpretation

Conference: Still in the Game: The State of Indonesian Art History in the 21st Century. Cornell University, Cornell Modern Indonesia Project/Southeast Asia Program, 2017.

Rasa Aesthetics in a Dynamic World: Flexible Emotions in Indian and Indonesian Arts

Traditions in Transition: Intangible Cultural Heritage in South and Southeast Asia Symposium, Hofstra University, 2016.


Cultivating Sama from Below: Remembrance and Motion in Colonial Java

Stanford University. Abassi Program for Islamic Studies, 2015.


Psychology of the Mask: Inner and Outer Dimensions

Lecture, in conjunction with exhibition, Becoming Another: The Power of Masks, Rubin Museum of Art, 2015.


Can the Transregionalist Speak? Redefining Islamic ‘Authenticity’ in the Academy and Across the Seas

Workshop: Muslim Exceptionalism: Islam, the Academy and the Global Public, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2014.



Organizer and Chair: Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, 2015.
Roundtable Panelists: Robert W. Hefner, Ronit Ricci, Prasenjit Duara, Laurel Kendall, and Virginia Shih.


Topeng Bebarang (Ngamen) along the Jalan Raya Pos

Gotrasawala Conference, Java, Indonesia, 2014.


Masks and Emotional Awareness in the Classroom

Teaching Global Literacy Through Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, Cornell University, CERIS, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, 2014.


Mobile Entertainers and Evolving Islam in Colonial Java

Cornell University, Comparative Muslim Societies Program (CMSP), 2014.


De/mystifying Masks across the Ocean World

Conference: Sea Currents: The 19th-Century Ocean World. Association for Art Historians London, 2014.


What Goes Around Comes Around: Masks and Masking from the Columbian World’s Exposition to the First Topeng Tour

Panel: Global Orientalist Alliances: Sites of Inter-Asian Knowledge Exchange and the Making of Moral Geographies across Orders and Borders. International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 8). Macao, PRC, 2013.


On the Periphery of Islamic Art: Cirebon Masks and the Indigenization of Sufism in Late Colonial Java

Cornell University, Southeast Asia Program, 2013.


Visualizing the Cirebon Mask through the Zahir/Batin Matrix

Yale University, Council on Southeast Asia Studies, 2012.


Indonesian Mask Performance

St. Mary’s College of California, 2011. 

Performing Piety from the Inside Out: Gender, Costume and Public Space in a Changing Mask ‘Tradition’ 

Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Southeast Asia, Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, 2012.


Itinerant Performers in Sukarno’s Year of Living Dangerously

Performing the Nation: Revolution, Suppression, and Reconciliation in Indonesia, Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu. Organizer/Presenter/Chair, 2011.

The Mask Comes to Pesantren Al-Zaytun: Human Representation and the Art of Reconciliation

Panel: Gendered Narratives of Islam in Indonesia: Performing Piety, Aurality, and Representation. Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia. Organizer/Presenter/Chair, 2010.


Artist Registration and the 1965 ‘Coup’ in the Cirebon Region of West Java

The 1965-66 Indonesian Killings Revisited, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 2009.


Fulbright IIE National Roundtable

Webinar. San Francisco, 2007.


Gender and Agency in Cirebonese Topeng Performance

Performance Studies International 10: Perform, State, Interrogate, Singapore, 2004.


Performing the Dutch East Indies: The Colonial Expositions as a Shaper of History

SEASSI Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003.