165 presentations. 102 cities. 52 countries

Invited Speaker

94. (May 2020, Leuven). Speaker at the andInnovate Festival, Sponsored by the City of Leuven and Leuven MindGate

93. (March 2020, Macau). Keynote at The 11th International Development Informatics Association conference (IDIA2020), Computing and Society, United Nations University Macau.

92. (March 2020, Philadelphia USA). Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ Sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC), Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

91. (Jan 2020, Jaipur). Nominated book talk at the world’s largest literature festival - Jaipur Lit Festival (23-27 Jan)

90. (Dec 2019, Oxford). Speaker on intercultural perspective and ethics, Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics. Sponsored by the Digital Ethics Lab (DELab), Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford.

89. (Nov 2019, Bangalore). Keynote on “The next billion users” Sponsored by Design Up

88. (Nov 2019, Stockholm). Speaker on ‘The next billion,’ Sponsored by Department of Media & Communication Studies, Södertörn University.

87. (Nov 2019, Bonn). Keynote at the Rethinking media development: New actors, new technologies and new strategies FoME Symposium 2019. Sponsored by Deutsche Welle

86. (Oct 2019, Riga). Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Futures, WISEACT COST Action

85. (Oct 2019, Amsterdam). Speaker on Decolonizing Privacy Studies, Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR), Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam.

84. (Oct 2019, Brussels). Keynote at the the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Digital Fortress Europe,Organized by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and ECREA Diaspora, Migration & Media network.

83. (Oct 2019, Milan). Speaker at AI and Internet Futures workshop, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.

82. (Oct 2019, Eindhoven). Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ Studium Generale, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

81. (Sept 2019, Panama). “NBU markets and the future of the mobile internet” Sponsored by Liberty Latin American Telecom.

80. (Sept 2019, Hamburg). Keynote on ‘The Next billion users,’ and Panel Speaker on 'AI for Good' for NEXT19, Hamburg

79. (Sept 2019, Copenhagen). Keynote at the annual public Techfestival with Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) and Chris Messina (founder of the hashtag) (Sept 5-7), Sponsored by Copenhagen Municipality.

78.(Aug 2019, Mumbai). “Ten novel ways to understand the next billion user market.” KPMG 2019 Annual Report launch event, Mumbai India.

77. (Aug 2019, Taiwan). Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ Sponsored by Global Asia research center, National Taiwan University.

76. (Aug, 2019, Hong Kong). Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ ACO bookstore Sponsored by School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

75. (Aug 2019, Hong Kong). Nose in the Books, Sponsored by School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

74. (Aug, 2019, Macau). Speaker on 'Do the next billion users need more innovation? Rethinking automatin for the common good,' United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society.

73. (Aug, 2019, Singapore). Speaker on disruptive innovation, Nanjang Technological University.

72. (June 2019, Montreal, Canada). Speaker at the workshop on AI-Powered Information Ecosystems and Democracy, Sponsored by CIFAR (the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research).

71. (June 2019, Amsterdam). Speaker on ‘The Next Billion Users,’ EMERCE Next, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam.

70. (June, 2019, Amsterdam). Speaker on diversity and inclusion, Organized by ECHO and hosted by the Municipality of Amsterdam.

69. (June 2019, London, UK). Keynote on 'The Next Billion Users,' Sponsored by Digital Inclusion Policy and Research Conference, London campus of University of Liverpool.

68. (May 2019, Washington DC, USA). Speaker on, 'Contemporary surveillance-based democracies: A comparative analysis of emerging databased governance systems in India and China,' Preconference ICA 2019, Washington DC, Justice and order in the datafied society: Connecting communications and legal theory.

67. (May 2019, Amsterdam). Speaker (with Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands as the keynote speaker) on the Value of Data Panel, Future of Health Coverage: Revolutionizing health financing using mobile technology. Organized and Sponsored by the Financial Times. Joep Lange Institute, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands

66. (May 2019, Berlin). Speaker on 'The next billion users,' School of disobedience, Sponsored by the Volksbühne Foundation and the Ethical Tech Society.

65. (April 2019, Bremen). Keynote for the annual BRESTOLON workshop in Bremen, Sponsored by ZEMKI, University of Bremen.

64. (March 2019, NL). Keynote on Empowered Women, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA)

62. (March 2019, Nantes, FR). Keynote on ‘The next billion users: digital life beyond the West,’ Digital and Humanist Culture forum, University of Nantes.

61. (Jan 2019, Rotterdam). Speaker (with F. Vermeylen) on Culture, automation and taste disruptions in the digital art economy, Erasmus Studio, Rotterdamse Schouwburg

60. (Jan 2019, Hong Kong). Keynote on ‘Privacy amid the global data order,’ Fairness, Accountability, Transparency (FAT)/Asia – Hong Kong, Digital Asia Hub. Sponsored by The Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

59. (Dec 2018, Amsterdam). Public panel speaker with Nick Couldry, Merlyna Lim, & Ulises A Mejias for ‘Big Data from the South: Decolonization, Resistance & Creativity,’ DATACTIVE, University of Amsterdam.

58.(Dec 2018, Friedrichshafen, Germany). Speaker on 'The Golden standard as a Global Standard? The politics of global privacy culture in the GDPR era,' Sponsored by Zeppelin University.

57. (Nov 2018, Budapest). Speaker on privacy and automation. Sponsored by COST Initiative, Nov 21-23, Budapest.

56. (Nov. 2018, Hamburg). Speaker for the open lecture series on ‘Regulated data. Regulated activism? Digital activism in the GDPR era,’ Ethics in Information Technology, Sponsored by Universität Hamburg.

55. (Nov 2018, Bremen). Speaker on ‘Emerging databased ‘democracies’ in China and India,’ ZEMKI Visiting Research Fellow talk at The ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen.

54. (Oct 2018, Tampere, Finland). Speaker on ‘The global poor need less innovation: A critique of Silicon Valley’s human laboratories, 12 October, University of Tampere.

53. (Sept 2018, London, UK). Roundtable speaker on data/mobile economy in Asia. Sponsored by Digital Asia Hub and hosted by Chatham House

52. (Sept. 2018, Taipei, Taiwan). Speaker on 'How fakenews goes viral and violent in India' at the Facebook and Social Science One Partnership symposium. Sponsored by SSRC and the Center for Behavioral and Data Science, NTU.

51.(Sept. 2018, Vienna, Austria). Keynote on ‘Automating culture: How digital platforms are shaping the art world.’ The International Art Markets Studies Association (TIAMSA), 27-29 September 2018, Sponsored by Vienna University, the Belvedere Museum and Dorotheum auction house.

50. (Aug 2018, Rotterdam). Speaker on ‘Quantifying your talented self: How metrics is killing creativity,’ for the EUR-pre-academic and interdisciplinary programme opening, Erasmus University Rotterdam

49. (July 2018, Toulouse, FR). Speaker on ‘ethics in algorithmic exclusionary politics,’ on panel Big data: uncovering new mobility patterns and redefining planning practices, ESOF2018 EUROScience Open Forum, Sponsored by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology

48. (June 2018, AMS,NL). Discussant on Stark, L., ‘Mood Tracking & the Emotive Politics of the Digital,’ The Tracked Society. Interdisciplinary Approaches on Online Tracking, Sponsored by University of Münster and ABIDA Project, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

47. (June 2018, EUR, NL). Speaker on 'Talent-In pursuit of the extraordinary’ for the new Rector Magnificus ceremony at Erasmus university Rotterdam.

46.(April 2018, Salzburg Austria). Keynote on ‘When exotic digital cultures become mainstream,’ Democracy and (Dis)Information Society: On the Function and Dissemination of Big Data, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories, Organized and funded by Universität Salzburg, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie and Universität Münster.

45. (April 2018, Paris, France). Speaker on ‘Poor@play: Mobilizing the ludic underclass in the digital age,’ Etudier les cultures du numérique" (Studying Digital Cultures), Sponsored by the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris

44. (March 2018, New Delhi, IN). ‘Communal politics in digital India,’ Digital Politics in Millennial India international symposium (15-17 March), Organized by IIT-Delhi. Sponsored by Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich

43. (Jan 2018, Cape Town, SA). Speaker on ‘Digital education innovation in developing countries,’ University of Cape Town, Development Implications of Digital Economies (DIODE Network), Sponsored by UK Social and Economic Research Council

42. (Nov 2017, Rotterdam, NL). Keynote speaker at Rotterdam Talent Week, Sponsored by the Bernard Mandeville Foundation, City of Rotterdam, EUR and the Port of Rotterdam.

41. (Aug 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands). Keynote on 'In Search of the Exotic in Digital Culture' at the graduate ceremony for the ‘MA in New Media and Digital Culture,’ University of Amsterdam

40. (April 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands). EUCxInspire Speaker on ‘Silicon Valley’s human laboratories,’ Seeing the Unseen, Sponsored by the Erasmus University College

39. (April 2017, Oslo, Norway). Keynote on 'digital cultures for social activism and change in the global South,' Social Media and Social Movements: Leadership, Transnationalism and the Oromo Quest for Transformation Conference, Sponsored by the Oromo Studies Association.

38. (Feb 2017, Paris, France). Speaker on 'Digital cultures, communities and the commons,' Numerique & Diversité culturelle [Digital & Cultural Diversity], Sponsored by the Collège des Bernardins.

37. (Jan 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands). Keynote on ‘Is there such a thing as an academic activist?” Stepping outside of academia. Media and culture in everyday life, Sponsored by Research School for Media Studies (RMeS) Winter School

36. (Nov 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland). Keynote on ‘Databased democracies in the Global South,’ Sponsored by the University of Jyväskylä

35. (Nov 2016, Rotterdam Netherlands). TEDx Speaker on ‘Who is in charge of the future of the internet?’

34. (June 2016, Beijing, China). Speaker on 'Slumdog romance: Facebook love and digital privacy in the global south,' The 2nd International conference on Communication and the Public: Body, Lived Space, and Mobile Media, Sponsored by Penn Wharton China Center

33. (June 2016, Fukuoka, Japan). Speaker on 'The politics of algorithms in shaping citizenship in the global South,' Algorithms, Automation and Politics Preconference, (June 8), Sponsored by the European Research Council and the Oxford Internet Institute

32. (April 2016, Philadelphia, USA). Speaker on 'Convergence and Disjuncture in Global Digital Culture,' Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Sponsored by the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC)

31. (March 2016, Paris, FR). Speaker on 'A critical examination of prizes to spur innovation using ICT in education,' Mobile Learning week: Innovating for Quality, Sponsored by UNESCO

30. (Jan 2016, London, UK). Speaker on digital marketing, Technology and the Art Market seminar, Sponsored by Christies

29. (Oct 2015, Rhodes, Greece). Keynote on 'Digital Media, Digital Transition and Internet of Things,''13th Annual Session Dialogue of Civilizations Sponsored by World Public Forum

28. (May 2015, Vienna, Austria). Keynote on 'Big data Commons and the global South,' the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015, The Information Society at the Crossroads, Sponsored by the Vienna University of Technology

27. (May 2015, Essen, Germany). International conference on The Art Museum and Its New Publics, Sponsored by Museum Folkwang

26. (Feb 2015, Berkeley). Keynote at the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society on Big Data and the Politics of Participation in a Digital Age (23-24 Feb), University of California at Berkeley, Sponsored by the Conference Advisory Board and Common Ground Publishing

25. (Jan 2015, Bangalore). Keynote on 'Nobody knows Snowden! Digital Privacy, Surveillance and Big data policy in Emerging Economies,' Sponsored by Global Communication Association Conference

24. (Nov 2014, Göttingen). Colloquium on Cybercultures in IndiaSponsored by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

23. (Sept 2014, Philadelphia). Memes and Protest  symposium, Annenberg School for Communication, Sponsored by Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

22. (June 2014, Rotterdam). 'The Leisure Commons for the Uncommon New Publics' for the IMISCOE Research Initiative Information and Communication Technologies and Migration, Erasmus University Rotterdam

21. (Nov 2013, London). Mapping Cultural Consumers Online Symposium,Sponsored by the Dept of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Kings College London

20. (Nov 2013, Moscow). "The Leisure Factory: Production in the Digital Age' for the conference Between Labour and Leisure: Towards the New Economy of Salvation.Sponsored by the Research Group ‘Labour, Knowledge and Leisure in Postindustrial Society’, Higher School of Economics.

19. (Nov 2013, Amsterdam). Society of the Query conference on Search and Search Engines, Sponsored by the Institute of Network Cultures

18. (Sept 2013, Utah). 2013 Frontiers of New Media symposium, The Beginning and End(s) of the Internet: Surveillance, Censorship, and the Future of Cyber-Utopia, Organized by the Dept. of History and Dept. of Communication at the University of Utah; Sponsored by Simmons Media Group

17. (June 2013, Helsinki). World Conference of Science Journalists, The Critical Questioning in the Public Sphere, Sponsored by General Electric

16. (May 2013, Zurich). "Are we all connoisseurs now? The changing landscape of art expertise in the digital age," Expertise In Judgment of Art: History, Technology, Law and the Market' Sponsored by the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA).

15. (October 2012: North Carolina USA). Duke University for a workgroup on New Media and the Art MarketsSponsored by the Visual Studies Initiative.

14. (June, 2012, Rotterdam, Netherlands). "How to become an "excellent" young academic researcher?" with Poruthiyil Prabhir Vishnu (Development Studies), Elke Geraerts (Psychology), Steven van de Walle (Public Administration), Willem Schinkel (Sociology), Maureen Sie (Philosophy), Bregje van Eekelen (History); The debate will be led by Koen Stapelbroek (Public Administration). Organized by the Erasmus Graduate School for the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences.

13. (May 2012, Amman, Jordan). Keynote on "Capitalizing on contested identities for business innovation" at the West-Asia-North African Forum. Chaired by Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.Sponsored by The Nippon Foundation.

12. (March 2012: Michigan, USA). "Learning, leisure and new technology adoption and usage". Sponsored by MSU’s College of Education.

11. (March 2012: New Jersey, USA). Reconfiguring village studies - "Rural Poverty = Information Poverty? Computers as new knowledge brokers in rural India".Sponsored by the Cornell Institute for Social Science. (download PDF)

10. (Oct 2011: New Orleans, USA). Social Informatics Awarded Paper 'Digital Gods: The making of a medical fact for rural diagnostic software,' the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference.

9. (Sept 2011: London, UK). Speaker on expertise; Symposium on Uncertainity in the art markets and the role of Art Experts in Information evaluation in the Digital Age. Sponsored by Sotheby’s Institute of Artand organized by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

8. (May, 2011: Seattle, USA). Speaker on "Busyness in cybercafes: An Indian Context," Slow Down, You Move Too Fast: Rethinking the culture of Busyness and IT ; Sponsored by Cornell University: National Science Foundation (NSF)(download PDF)

7. (Amman/Beirut, 2011). Keynote at the  Chamber of Commerce of the Social Economic Council in Beirut and Leaders of Tomorrow, a youth-oriented non-profit . Sponsored by The Netherlands Institute in Beirut.

6. Netherlands, Rotterdam. Erasmus University

(Oct 2010) Guest lecture on "Communication in the Art Gallery business: A practitioner perspective," Cultural Economics Program, Erasmus University

(Dec 2010) Guest lecture on 'digitalization within the art world,' Cultural Economics Program, Erasmus University.

(Jan 2010) Guest lecture on 'Global Education Greenhouse: An online global curriculum initiative' honors program.

(Feb 2009) Guest lecture on " methodology: observation in the field"

5. (June, 2010: Amman Jordan). Keynote on 'New Media in Higher Education.' Sponsored by the Jordan Ministry of Higher Education in partnership with The Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC).

4. (June, 2010: California USA). Media & Social responsibility in the Age of the Financial Crisis with Douglas KellnerJonathan TaplinKamran MofidChristopher Kosovich & Meena Ahmadzai and moderated by Yahya Kamalipour at the Globalization for the Common Good Conference, California Lutheran University.

3(Nov. 2009: Manipal India). Rethinking the Media Manifesto for an Equitable World Order, Manipal University, India; Sponsored by Manipal State Board.

2. (Aug. 2007: New York USA ). Academic Publications Panel with Prof. John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications & Education, Columbia University. Sponsored by theSpencer Foundation.

1. (2005: New York USA). Digital Language Learning Roundtable Conference ,Sponsored by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office



Conference Presentations

75. Arora, P. (2019). Above the law and below poverty: Digital activism and online publicity in the Global South, International Communication Section, International Association for Media and Communication Research, IAMCR (July 7-11), Madrid, Spain.

74.(May 2019, Washington DC). Decolonizing Privacy Studies, Philosophy, Theory & Critique Division, International Communication Association (May 24-29), Washington DC.

73. (May 2019, Washington DC). (with Saskia Muhlbach) on Behind the Music: How labor changed for musicians through the Subscription Economy, Popular Communication Division, International Communication Association (May 24-29), Washington DC.

72. (May 2019, Washington DC). Oromo activism through Facebook and twitter, Global Communication Division, International Communication Association (May 24-29), Washington DC.

71. (May 2019, Washington DC). Blue Sky Workshop: Global Perspectives: Rethinking boundaries in the Platformization era, International Communication Association (May 24-29), Washington DC.

70. (Jan 25, Rotterdam). (with Tessel Willemstein) on 'Blockchain and the art market: the end of the traditional gatekeepers?' 6th Creative Industries seminar. Rotterdam.

69. (Oct 2018, Amsterdam). 'Decolonizing privacy studies: Privacy literacy frameworks in the Global South, in themed section Decolonizing knowledge and worlding pedagogies, Fifth Annual ACGS Conference: Global Critical Pedagogies, Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies, (Oct 18-19), Amsterdam.

68. (Oct 2018, Amsterdam). with (René König) on 'Imagining the “diversity algorithm” Alternatives in ideological governance and their challenges, 'Amsterdam Privacy Conference, (5-8 Oct), Amsterdam.

67. (Oct 2018, Amsterdam). 'Culture of digital privacy among the global poor' in Group privacy panel, Amsterdam Privacy Conference, (5-8 Oct), Amsterdam.

66. (Oct 2018, Amsterdam). 'Are global privacy rules neoimperialistic?' in self-organized panel on 'Data and the Global South' with Linnet Taylor, Aaron Martin, and Shazade Jameson, Amsterdam Privacy Conference, (5-8 Oct), Amsterdam.

65. (June 2018, Amsterdam). Discussant on L. Stark's 'Mood Tracking & the Emotive Politics of the Digital,' Tracked Society, (21-22 June), Assessing Big data - The ABIDA Project.

64. (May 2018, Prague). Organizer of roundtable with Kraidy, M., Jiang, M., Udupa, S., Willems, W., Gajjala, on 'Colonial Imaginations, Techno-Oligarchs and Digital Technology,' International Communication Association (ICA).

63. (May 2018, Prague). with Sadrag Shihomeka, 'Old and New Media Popularity, Affordances and Preferences as Sources for Rural Youth Politics in Namibia,' International Communication Association (ICA), (24-28 May), Prague.

62. (March 2018, New York). 'Hacking poverty through technology innovations,' International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society (March 1-2), New York.

61. (Nov 2017, London, UK). ‘Emerging databased democracies in China and India,’ Organized by GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, The Alan Turing Institute, and Nokia Bell Labs (Nov 15-17), London.

60. (Oct 2017, Tartu, Estonia). 'Emerging databased democracies in India and China', In self-organized panel on Data driven models of governance across borders: Assessing participation, inclusion and convergence in the digital era, AoIR (19-21 Oct), Tartu, Estonia

59. (May 2017, San Diego, USA). 'Is there a global digital privacy culture? Facebook Ecologies at the margins of Brazil and India', International Communication Association (ICA), (25-29 May), San Diego, CA, USA

58. (April, Edinburgh, Scotland). With Sadrag Shihomeka. 'Mobile Social Media and Digital Literacy in Namibia’s Regional Politics', Social Media in Africa: Beyond the hashtag (27-28 April), Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

57. (Jan, Tilburg, NL). With Sadrag Shihomeka. 'Mobile Phones and the Digital Divide: A Semi-ethnographic Analysis of Youth Participation in Politics in the Ohangwena Region, Namibia', Etmaal 2017: Innovative Methods in Communication Research (26-27 Jan), Tilburg, The Netherlands.

56. (Oct 2016, Berlin, Germany). 'Digital privacy and citizenship: Comparing facebook practices across low-income contexts in India and Brazil. In organized panel with Aswin Punathambekar, Sahana Udupa, Ralph Schroeder, & Sangeet Kumar, ‘Asymmetries of power and the reshaping of the political,” , ‘Asymmetries of power and the reshaping of the political,” Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) (5-9 October), Berlin

55. (June 2016, Kobe, Japan). 'The everyday struggles of citizenship in the digital public sphere: Navigating digital privacy and political activism in India and Brazil', Cultural Struggle and Praxis: Negotiating Power and the Everyday, The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (2-5 June), Kobe, Japan.

54. (June 2016, Fukuoka, Japan). With Iris Segers 'Smashing patriarchy with cell phones? – Critique of dominant technofeminist perspectives on mobile phone-enabled women’s empowerment programmes in Bangladesh,' Feminist Studies Division, International Communication Association ICA (9-13 June), Fukuoka, Japan.

53. (October 2015, Amsterdam). With Laura Scheiber.'Slumdog romance, politics and digital privacy among marginalized Brazilian and Indian youth,' Amsterdam Privacy Conference (23-26 Oct), Amsterdam, NL.

52. (April 2015, New York, USA). With Filip Vermeylen, 'Do we still need art historians? Connoisseurship and art expertise in the digital and global art market,' Art Market Studies: Art History’s Salvation or Doom? (April 18), Christie's New York.

51. (Nov, 2014, New York, USA). 'Factory Pleasure Gardens, Social Visionaries and Emotional Labor: A Historical Investigation of ‘Playbor’ Geographies,' Digital Labor, Sweatshops, Picket Lines, and Barricades (Nov 13-15),

50. (Oct 2014, Amsterdam). 'Aspirational Geographies of the Global South: A Digital and Creative Interplay by Marginalized Youth,’ Inverting Globaization conference, Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies.

49. (Oct 2014, South Korea). With Filip Vermeylen, 'New information brokers and art narratives: Implications of searching online for art information,' Panel on The Art World 2.0,' Internet Research 15, Association of Internet Researchers, (23-25 Oct).

48. (Aug 2014, San Francisco, USA). 'Gated publics, walled gardens and the dilemma of privacy in the digital age', Media Sociology Conference, ASA, (August 15)

47. (July 2014, Hyderabad, India). With Sriram Venkatraman and Nimmi Rangaswamy.  "Polymedia: A Perspective through Filial Relationships at Panchagrami" Participatory Communication Research Section, IAMCR, (July 15-19)

46. (July 2014, Okohama, Japan). 'The Leisure Commons: The Makings of a Democratic and Global Fantasyscape in the Digital Age,' ISA World Congress of Sociology

45.  (June 2014, London, UK). With Fay Goijarts, 'Commercialism, Cultural Memory and Social Media: The case of Burberry. Creating Cultures,' Postgraduate conference in Culture, Media, and the Creative Industries, King’s College London, UK

44. (June 2014, Amsterdam). 'Digital Activism and the Public Leisure Sphere,' Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space conference, University of Amsterdam and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science.

43. (May 2014, Seattle, USA). 'Digital Fantasy Parks: A Historical Analysis on Virtual Worlds of Amusement,' Division: Communication History:Technologies, Social Media & New Histories,'International Communication Association (ICA)

42. (May 2014, Seattle, USA). BlueSky workshop on 'Digital Protest: Memes, Moments, and Momentum.with Min JiangGuobin Yang, and Elaine Yuan 'International Communication Association (ICA)

41. (March 2014, Berlin, Germany). Workshop organization on 'Breaking Down and Building Up: Accelerating Sociotech Scholarship in the iSchool Community,' Annual Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST), iConference

40. (Jan 2014, Leiden, Netherlands). with Nimmi Rangaswamy , ‘Digital technology in the Wild and Every day: Case Studies from the Slums of Urban India,” Revisiting the Emancipatory Potential of Digital Media in Asia; Asiascape/ Digital Asia

39. (Sept 2013, Den Haag, Netherlands). 'Rur-urbanscapes of the global South: A Digital and Creative Interplay of Geographies,' Mediating Cityscapes/ TodaysArt Festival

38. (Sept 2013, Berlin, Germany). ‘Architectures of Aspiration: Shifting Metaphorical Conceptions of the Digital Commons,’ Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies Urban Research Group, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

37. (August 2013, Torino, Italy). with Filip Vermeylen, “Are we all connoisseurs now? The changing landscape of art expertise in the digital age,” Sociology of Culture Division, European Sociological Conference (ESA)

36. (August 2013, New York USA). 'Bridging Architectures of Innovation: Mapping the Urban and the Digital Commons for a more integrated perspective,' Poeticizing the Urban Apparatus: SCENES OF INNOVATION, Organized by The Culture of Cities CentreThe Centre for Social Innovation,Fales Library of New York University, and York University.

35. (August 2013, New York, USA). 'Walled Gardens: Investigating tensions in private and public leisure architectures" Communication and Information Technologies Roundtable, American Sociological Association (ASA) ,

34. (August 2013, New York, USA). 'Digital leisure architectures of new work cultures' Organizations, Occupation and Work Roundtable, American Sociological Association (ASA) ,

33. (June 2013, London UK). 'Clicking our way through play: Analysis on technology-induced busyness as ‘progress’ in emerging markets' ICA Preconference, New Media, Old Media, Social Media: Changing South Asian Communications Scholarship.

32. (June 2013, London, UK). 'Web 2.0 spaces for activism: Critiquing its novelty through a historical lens of public political space' Political Division, International Communication Association (ICA)(download PDF)

31. (Feb 2013, Rotterdam, The Netherlands). with Jessica Verboom  'Museums 2.0: A study into expertise and culture within the museum blogosphere,' Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap (24 Hours of Communication Sciences) Conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam. (download PDF)

30. (Feb 2013, Rotterdam, The Netherlands). 'New Media Prosumption in the Global south,' Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap (24 Hours of Communication Sciences) Conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

29. (Jan 2013, Rotterdam, The Netherlands). 'Global Cities: Global Parks: Conceptualizing the globalizing of digital leisure networks;' The Shape of Diversity to Come: Global Community, Global Archipelago, or a New Civility? Erasmus University Rotterdam, (download PDF)

28. (Oct 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark). 'Temporality in the Sociomaterial Mangle,' Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S(download PDF)

27. (Oct 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands). 'Walled gardens: Privacy within public leisure space online and offline'. Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC). (download PDF)

26. (Sept 2012, Rotterdam, The Netherlands). 'Challenges in digitalizing medical software for diagnosis and treatment in rural India.' Urban Developments and emerging issues of inclusion, governance and sustainability in India, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies.

25. (July 2012, York, UK). 'Digital glocalization or misinformation? Relating rural knowledge with global knowledge' at the Co-production of Knowledge: Social media, STS Symposium:Science and Technology Studies Unit, University of York.

24. (June 2012: Utrecht, The Netherlands). 'Chinese cowboy paintings as Western art? New Digital and Global Learning in Rural India,'  Digital Crossroads: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a transnational perspective.

23. (June 2012, Kyoto, Japan). with Filip Vermeylen, "Social media as experts and global art markets", 17th International Conference on Cultural Economics

22. (May 2012, Phoenix, USA). with Filip Vermeylen 'The end of the art connoisseur? Experts and knowledge production in the visual arts in the digital age.' Visual Communication Studies Division, International Communication Association (ICA).

21. (May 2012, Phoenix, USA). 'The Leisure Divide: Can the 'Third World come out to play?' Division of Communication & Technology, International Communication Association (ICA).

20. (Feb 2012, Delhi, India). with Filip Vermeylen, "Technological Innovations in Public Art Museums in Amsterdam and Mumbai" 40th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology * [Founded in 1893, it is the oldest continuous sociological association]

19. (Feb 2012, Delhi, India). 'Bridging online and offline public social spheres to understand contemporary leisure space' 40th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology * [Founded in 1893, it is the oldest continuous sociological association]

18. (Nov 2011, Barcelona, Spain). with Filip Vermeylen, 'New experts, new media in the art world' ECREA Workshop Digital Culture: Innovative practices and critical theories

17. (July 2011: Istanbul, Turkey). 'Walled Gardens: An analysis of the public-private nature of online leisure spaces' International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR).

16. (July 2011: Istanbul, Turkey). 'Cultures of cyberspace: A pedagogic framework' International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR)

15. (July 2011: Istanbul, Turkey). 'Reassessing the role of online leisure in ICTD research'  International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR)

14. (May 2011: Amsterdam, The Netherlands). 'Digital labor and the new corporate work space: A real-virtual spatial investigation'. Post/Autonomia conference, University of Amsterdam.

13. (May 2011: Avignon, France). with Filip Vermeylen, 'Learning to Evaluate art quality in the digital age' International Research Conference by University of Avignon and the Vaucluse:Artistic work and creativity in the digital era: Images and Sounds.

12. (May 2011: Boston, USA). 'The Folksong jukebox: Singing along for social change in rural India' The Division for Global Communication and Social Change, International Communication Association (ICA(download PDF)

11. (April 2011: London, UK). 'Cyberleisure as the new corporate work space: a real-virtual spatial investigation' Space, Mobility & Place Section: British Sociological Association (BSA)

10. (March 2011: Maastricht, The Netherlands). Arora & Vermeylen, 'The rise of the new experts: Decision-making in the art world in the digital age' Participatory knowledge production 2.0: Critical views & experiences workshop, Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio, Maastricht University,(download PDF)

9. (June, 2010: California, USA). 'Media & Social responsibility in the Age of the Financial Crisis' with Douglas Kellner, Jonathan Taplin, Kamran Mofid, Christopher Kosovich & Meena Ahmadzai and moderated by Yahya KamalipourGlobalization for the Common Good Conference, California Lutheran University.

8. (Jan 2010: Berlin, Germany). 'Metaphorizing online social sites: A historical investigation into leisure online and offline' Technology, Knowledge & Society Conference.

7. (Nov 2009: Bangalore, India). 'Siliconizing Youth in Indian Education Policy: Rearticulating "Technological Youth" as Common Sense.' Global Communication Association (GCA)

6. (May 2007: Chicago: USA). "Idleness Online as Educative Acts and Spaces'.American Education Research Association (AERA)

5. (May 2007: Chicago: USA). Kaun & Arora, 'Designing an enhanced web-based civil rights curriculum for Latino English Language Learners in New York" American Education Research Association (AERA) (download PDF)

4. (March 2006: New York: USA). Kaun, Curinga & Arora,'Innovative literacy software for Latino immigrant children' Association of Latin American Scholars Conference: Columbia University

3(Sept 2005: New York: USA). 'Educational multimedia effects on reading and engagement.' at the Digital Language Learning Roundtable, sponsored by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

2. (July 2006: Berkeley: USA). 'E-karaoke for gender empowerment' Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) University of Berkeley. (download PDF)

1. (Aug 2003: Utah: USA). 'Architecting space for learning: Innovations in education'.Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) .