Associate Professor of History Lisa Trivedi traveled to Kyoto, Japan, to present a paper at the 17th World Economic History Congress. Her paper "A Swadeshi Economy: catalogues, shops, and depots" addressed the various ways in which a movement often characterized as anti-capitalist and anti-modern made effective use of new technologies and innovative marketing strategies to promote khadi, or handspun hand-woven cloth.
Following her conference presentation she was invited to participate in a two day international workshop at Kyoto University's Institute for Research in the Humanities. In addition to featuring the research of scholars from several Japanese universities, scholars from Heidelberg University, University of Missouri, and University of Texas, Austin, also participated. Trivedi's paper for the workshop placed emphasis on the diversification of goods produced by Gandhi's swadeshi movement to meet consumer taste and demand.