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Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan | Associate Professor | Department of Humanities and Social Sciences | Office #310, Lyceum Building | NIT Trichy, Tamilnadu (INDIA). Pin: 620 015.
Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. He received Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. He was a Fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, New York and a Senior International Bibliographer with the Publications of Modern Language Association of America (PMLA).
He is widely travelled including USA, UK, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Srilanka, Taiwan.
He is the author of Gender, Eating Disorders and Graphic Medicine (due on Sept. 2020, New York/London, Routledge), The Idea and Practice of Reading (2018, Singapore; Springer) with R. Joseph Ponniah, Edgar Allan Poe: Tales and Other Writings (2017, Orient BlackSwan), AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Scripting the Absent Subject (1980-2010) (2016, Newcastle upon Tyne/UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) with Gokulnath Ammanathil and Mapping the Margins: A Study of Ethnic Feminist Consciousness in Toni Morrison’s Novels (2011).
Currently, he is at work on three book projects: "India Retold" (contract under Bloomsbury/USA); "Mental Disorders and Graphic Medicine" (publication due on Sept. 2020/contract under Common Ground Research Networks/The Arts in Soceity/USA); and "Travails of Motherhood: Infertility Comics and Graphic Medicine" (contract under Routledge/UK).
Dr. Venkatesan has authored over eighty publications that span African American literature, Health Humanities, Graphic Medicine, Film studies, and other literary and culture studies disciplines. His articles have appeared in Web of Science/Scopus indexed journals such as Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Journal of Medical Humanities, American Medical Association Journal of Ethics (AMA), Health, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, World Literature Today (WLT), The Explicator, International Fiction Review, Journal of Creative Communications, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, MELUS, Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, AMULA, American Notes and Queries, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and also in a number of renowned publications including INKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, The London Film and Media Reader, Notes on Contemporary Literature among others.
His interview/article/profile is mentioned in media such as The Hindu, The New Indian Express, JoongAng Libo (South Korean), Malayala Manorama and Mathrubhoomi.
Field: Global Health Humanities, Visual studies
Speciality: Graphic Medicine
My current research is situated at the intersection of comics and medicine or, what is generically termed as “Graphic Medicine.” I am interested in issues such as the rhetorical potency of images in the realm of graphic medicine; the implications of graphic medicine in medical science and literary studies; critical perspectives on medical practice; presentation of illness in popular and literary cultures; comics in the age of global health humanities; graphic medicine and bioethics among others. This productive conversation between comics and medicine/health, I believe, is rewarding in that it has implications for science studies, cultural and literary studies, biocultural studies, and global health humanities. I teach a doctoral course titled "Graphic Medicine" and an undergraduate course in comics studies titled "An Introduction to Graphic Novels and Comics Culture."
Gokulnath. A: "The Living End: Social Death, Sexual Death and Coping in selected African American HIV/AIDS Narratives." [3/08/2013]
Raghavi R. K: "Picturing Breast Cancer: Female Body and Embodiment in Graphic Medical Narratives." [28/07/2018]
Anu Mary Peter. "Gender, Eating Disorders and Graphic Medicine."
Sweetha Saji. "Visualizing the Invisible: Metaphors of Mental Illness in Graphic Medicine."
Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, English, French.
[Forthcoming] Wiley Research Podcast. "This Study Shows." Sathyaraj Venkatesan on Graphic Medicine. Listen to Sathyaraj Venkatesan in conversation with Mary-Ann Ochota, an anthropologist (UK) and Professor Danielle George, University of Manchester (UK).
[Forthcoming] [Book chapter] "Conceiving the Inconceivable: Graphic Medicine, Queer Motherhood, and A.K. Summer's Pregnant Butch." LGBTQ Comics Reader. Contract under the University Press of Mississippi. 2021. [with Chinmay Murali]
[Forthcoming] “It just went wrong, as bodies are prone to do”: Graphic Medicine and the Trauma of Miscarriage." Journal of Medical Humanities [Scopus] [with Chinmay Murali]. 2020.
[Forthcoming] "The Infertile Body in the Clinic: Medicalisation, Gaze, and Loss of Agency in Women’s Infertility Comics." 2020. [SCI/Scopus] Women's Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal. [with Chinmay Murali]
"Drawing Infertility: An Interview with Paula Knight, Jenell Johnson, Emily Steinberg, and Phoebe Potts." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. [Scopus] [with Chinmay Murali] <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2020.1764074>
"On Voicelessness, Graphic Medicine and Beyond: An Interview with Georgia Webber." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. [Scopus] [with Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar] <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2020.1748676>
"Lost Your Superpower"?: Graphic Medicine, Voicelessness and Georgia Webber's Dumb." Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Winter 2020) 63.1: 207-17. (Johns Hopkins University Press) [SCI/Scopus] [with Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar]. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/748061
"Of Comics and Bipolar Disorder: In Conversation with Rachel Lindsay." World Literature Today (Spring 2020) 94.1: 72-76 [Scopus/SCI] [with Sweetha Saji]. <https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2020/spring/comics-and-bipolar-disorder-conversation-rachel-lindsay-sathyaraj-venkatesan-sweetha>
"Chronicles of Eating Disorders from Physicians' Notes to Netflix Series: Representations of Eating Disorders in Popular Media." Media Watch. [Scopus] [with Anu Mary Peter] 11.1 (2020). 164-176. https://mediawatchjournal.in/chronicles-of-eating-disorders-from-physicians-notes-to-netflix-series-representations-of-eating-disorders-in-popular-media/
“Reflections on the Visceral: Metaphors and Illness Expereince." 12.1 (2020). Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. [with Sweetha Saji] [Scopus]. http://rupkatha.com/v12n112/
"On Comics and the Chronicles of Emaciation: An Interview with Katie Green." 2019. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. [Scopus] [with Anu Mary Peter]. <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21504857.2019.1665563?journalCode=rcom20>
"Anorexia through Creative Metaphors: Women Pathographers and Graphic Medicine." (2019) Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. [Scopus] [with Anu Mary Peter] <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2019.1657158>
"Graphic Medicine and the Critique of Contemporary U.S. Healthcare." Journal of Medical Humanities [Springer].  [with Chinmay Murali] [Scopus] <https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10912-019-09571-z>
"Graphic Illness Memoirs as Counter-Discourse." (2019) Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. [Scopus] [with Sweetha Saji] <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2019.1641531>
"“Childless? Childfree? Neither, Just ME”: Pronatalism and (M)otherhood in Paula Knight’s The Facts of Life." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. (2019). [Scopus] [with Chinmay Murali] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2019.1617179
"Drawing the Mind: Aesthetics of Representing Mental Illness in Select Graphic Memoirs." Health (May 2019). 1-17. [SCI/Scopus] [with Sweetha Saji] https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459319846930
"Conjuring the 'Insane': Representations of Mental Illness in Medical and Popular Discourses." Media Watch. 10.3 (September 2019). 522-539. [Scopus] [with Sweetha Saji]
"Towards a Theory of Graphic Medicine." Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. [Scopus] [with Anu Mary Peter]. 2019. http://rupkatha.com/V11/n2/v11n208.pdf
Special issue Editor for "Comics and Graphic Novels/New Literatures." "Introduction." Gnosis. (March 2019). 12-25. (UGC journal; ISSN 2394-0131).
"Feminine Famishment: Graphic Medicine and Anorexia Nervosa." Health (December 2018). 1-17.[SCI/Scopus] [with Anu Mary Peter]. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1363459318817915?journalCode=heaa
[Forthcoming] [Book chapter] "Queer Tropes, (In)Visibility, and Post-1990's Malayalam Cinema."  UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [with Rajesh James]
“I don’t even feel human anymore”: Monstrosity and Othering in Ken Dahl’s Monsters." 10.3 (2018). Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. [with Chinmay Murali] [Scopus/SCI]. <http://rupkatha.com/V10/n3/v10n307.pdf>
“(Un)bridgeable Chasms?: Doctor-Patient Interactions in select Graphic Medical Narratives.” Journal of Medical Humanities [Springer]. Online first: 2018. 40.4(2019): 591-605. [with Sweetha Saji] [Scopus] <https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10912-018-9528-y>
"Graphic Medicine and the Limits of Biostatistics." AMA Journal of Ethics. 20.9 (2018): E897-901. [with Sweetha Saji] [Scopus and Medline] <https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/article/graphic-medicine-and-limits-biostatistics/2018-09>
[Book Chapter] "The Idea, Practice and Power of Reading." Singapore: Springer Singapore, 2018. 1-10. (with R. Joseph Ponnaih). <https://www.springer.com/in/book/9789811085710>
[Book Chapter] “Fugitive Fifties: History, Segregation and Toni Morrison’s Home.” New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2018. 215-235. [with Gurumurthy Neelakantan]
“Magic and Laughter”: Graphic Medicine, Recasting Alzheimer Narratives and Dana Walrath’s Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass." Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. 44.1 (2018): 61-84. [with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri] [SCI] <http://www.concentric-literature.url.tw/issues/Crip%20World/4.pdf>
"Infertility Comics and Graphic Medicine." Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 61.4 (2018): 609-621. (published by Johns Hopkins University Press) (with Chinmay Murali). [SCI and Scopus] <https://muse.jhu.edu/article/713167#info_wrap>
“I want to live, I want to draw”: The Poetics of Drawing and Graphic Medicine." 13.2 (2018): 104-116. Journal of Creative Communications (SAGE). (with Anu Mary Peter) [Scopus] <https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/yWeBB8HbgbsS8sxp2UmH/full>
“Mapping the Margins: An Interview with Meena Kandasamy.” 49.1 (2018): 143-154. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature (Johns Hopkins University press and the University of Calgary). (with Rajesh James) [SCI and Scopus] <https://muse.jhu.edu/article/686337/summary>
““Casting the Caste”: Dalit Identity, Papilio Buddha and Malayalam Cinema.” 59.49 (2017): 48-52. Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). (with Rajesh James) [Scopus] <https://www.epw.in/journal/2017/49/perspectives/casting-caste-dalit-identity-papilio-buddha-and-malayalam-cinema.html>
“The Cult of Victorianism: Eating Disorders and Graphic Medicine.” Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities 9.3 (2017): 1-9. (with Anu Mary Peter) [Scopus] <http://rupkatha.com/V9/n4/v9n401.pdf>
“No time to Rest, Vent or Mourn”: Medical Intern Narratives and Graphic Medicine.” 1.2 (2017): 187-205. INKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society. Published by The Ohio State University. (with Anu Mary Peter). Project Muse Access: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/668114
““Body of the Christ has AIDS”: AIDS, Black Church and Pearl Cleage’s What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day.” 2017. Humanities Circle: International Journal of Central University of Kerala in a special issue titled Minding the Body. (with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri). 4.2 (2016): 35-50. ISSN 2321-8010
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Sweetha Saji. “Royal Road to Wisdom: Tarot Cards and Justin Green’s Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary.” The Explicator 74.3 (2016): 170-72. Print. [SCI]
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “AIDS-Origins Traditions.” American Myths, Legends and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore. Ed. Christopher R. Fee and Jeffrey B. Webb, California: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 6-7. Print. [Encyclopedia entry]
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Sweetha Saji. “Rhetorics of the Visual: Graphic Medicine, Comics and Its Affordances.” Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities 8.3 (2016): 221-31. Print. [Scopus]
Kasthuri, Raghavi Ravi, and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “From Diaries to Virtual Narratives: Breast Cancer and Feminism.” IUP Journal of English Studies 12.3 (2017): 25-33. Print. [Scopus]
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of The Bad Doctor: the Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James, by Ian Williams. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.1 (2016): 110-12. Web. 29 Feb. 2016. [Scopus]
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of Graphic Medicine Manifesto, by M. K. Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier, Michael J. Green, Kimberly R. Myers, and Scott T. Smith. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 7.1 (2015): 93-94. Web. 29 Nov. 2015. [Scopus]
James, Rajesh, and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “Transgressing the Borders: Ambiguous Queer Spots, Homoerotic Silences and Tagore’s Gora and Two Sisters.” The Apollonian 2.2 (2015): 175-84. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Anu Mary Peter. “Life is a game: visual metaphors in Brian Fies’s Mom’s Cancer.” Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities. Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Fall 2015. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Anu Mary Peter. “Journeys into caregiving: lessons from Sarah Leavitt’s “Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me.” Research and Humanities in Medical Education 2. University College of Medical Sciences, 6 Oct. 2015. Web.10 Jan. 2017.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Anu Mary Peter. Rev. of Billy Me & You: Memoir of Grief and Recovery, by Nicola Streeten. graphicmedicine.org. Graphic Medicine, 3 June 2015. Web. 20 Jan. 2017.
Kasthuri, Raghavi Ravi, and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “Picturing Illness: History, Poetics, and Graphic Medicine.” Research and Humanities in Medical Education 2. University College of Medical Sciences, 31 May 2015. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Rajesh James. “Celluloid Closet: Condensed Queerity and Displacement in Harikrishnans.” Gnosis: An International Journal of English Language and Literature 2.1 (2015): 38-45.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri. Rev. of Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe, by Tom Batuik. graphicmedicine.org. Graphic Medicine, 17 Mar. 2015. Web. 20 Jan 2017.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri. “Humour and Tumour: Breast Cancer, Graphic Memoir and Miriam Engelberg’s Cancer Made Me A Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics.” Gnosis: An International Journal of English Language and Literature 1.2 (2015): 51-58.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “The Spectacle of AIDS: Mapping Indian Queer Cinema, 1985-2010.” The London Film and Media Reader 3: The Pleasures of the Spectacle, Ed. Phillip Drummond. London: The London Symposium, 2015. 371-381.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri. Rev. of "The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back" by Yuvaraj Singh. Research and Humanities in Medical Education 1. University College of Medical Sciences, 29 July 2014. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.
Kasthuri, Raghavi Ravi, and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “‘I am all things marvelous’: Beauty and AIDS in Marvelyn Brown’s The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive.” Samyukta: A Journal of Women’s Studies 14.1 (2014): 65-73. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Textualizing the Virus in Indian Writing in English.” Recent Trends in Indian English Literature. Ed. Saikat Banerjee. Kolkota: Power, 2014. 219- 223. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Telling Your Story Git You Over That River: Aids and Scenes of Reading and Writing in Sapphire's Push.” Journal of Language, Literature and Culture 60. 2 (2013): 109-117. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Testing Times: The Q-Factor and English Language Testing.” Proceedings of the National Seminar on English for Specific Purposes: A Reappraisal, March 7-8. Ed. Stars Jasmine, Gitanjali, R Shalini, S. Synthia, V. Mary Binduja. Chennai: Sai, 2012. 77-82. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of Home, by Toni Morrison. AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 118 (2012): 108-110. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Gokulnath Ammanathil. “Plotting the Crisis: HIV/AIDS and the African American Literary Response: 1981-1990.” IRWLE 8.2 (2012): 1-9. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Online Communities, Social Networking Sites and Teaching English.” Technology Integrated Language Teaching, March 1-2. Ed. A Shahin Sultana, Revathi Vishwanathan P. Rathna, Vijayakumar, Sathikulameen. Chennai: Department of English, B.S Abdur Rahman University, 2012.11-14.
Ammanathil, Gokulnath, and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “‘HIV Is Not an Advocate’: Self-Love, Self-Respect, and Responsibility in Marvelyn Brown’s The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV)Positive.” IUP 4.3 (2011): 7-13. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Gokulnath Ammanathil. “‘From the Paralysis of Fear to the Response of Solidarity’: Mapping the Literary AIDS in America.” IUP 3.3 (2010): 7-13. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction, by Toni Morrison. Melus 34.1 (2009): 239-41. Print. [SCI]
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “The Colour Consciousness: A Selected Bibliography of African American Studies.” IRWLE 5.1 (2009): 76-88. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Gurumurthy Neelakantan.“Morrison’s Sula”. The Explicator 66.2 (2009): 113-115. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Black Power Movement.” Encyclopedia of World History: The Contemporary World 1950s to the Present. Ed. Marsha E. Ackermann, Michael J. Schroeder, Janice J. Terry, Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur and Mark F. Whitters. New York: Facts On File, 2008. 66-7. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Centering the Margins: Locating Black Feminist Theory and Praxis.” Critical Responses to Feminism. Ed. Binod Mishra. New Delhi: Sarup & Sons, 2008. 191-200. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Toward a Theory of African American Motherhood.” Critical Perspectives on American Literature. Ed. S.P Dhanavel. New Delhi: Sarup & Sons, 2008. 287-97. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Ishmael Reed.” Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Ed. Tarshia L. Stanley. Connecticut: Greenwood, 2008.199-200. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.” Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia. Ed. Richard M. Jung and Noelle Morrissette. California: ABC-CLIO, 2008. 1033-34. Print.
Neelakantan, Gurumurthy, and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “Toni Morrison’s Quarrel with the Civil Rights Ideology in Love.” International Fiction Review 34.1-2 (2007): 139-46. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism, by Madhu Dubey. ANQ: A Quarterly journal of Short Articles Notes and Reviews 20.2 (2007): 56-9. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Amelia E. Johnson (1858- 1922).” Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Ed. Yolanda Page. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2007. 309-311. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Gurumurthy Neelakantan. “History in Inquisition: Postmodernist Poetics in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” ICFAI: Journal of English Studies 2.1 (2007): 7-12. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Gurumurthy Neelakantan. “Immigration and Labour Patterns in Toni Morrison’s Sula”. Notes on Contemporary Literature 37.2 (2007): 9-11. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Gurumurthy Neelakantan. “Family and Parenting in Toni Morrison’s Love”. Notes on Contemporary Literature 36.4 (2006): 9-10. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Love.” The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel. Ed. Abby H.P. Werlock. New York: Facts On File, 2006. 794-796. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Joe Varghese Yeldho. “History in Shreds: A Reading of Shashi Thoor’s Riot.” Indian Writings in English, Ed. Mishra, Binod, and Sanjay Kumar. Delhi: Atlantic, 2006. 57-65. Print.
Yeldho, Joe Varghese, and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “Trauma, Selfhood and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” Atlantic Literary Review 6.4 (2005): 53-58. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “‘From Pages To Real Life’: Oppositional Consciousness in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Sula. Protest and Aftermath in Post-war Literature in English. Ed. Urbashi Barat and Neelajana Pathak. Jaipur: Surabhi, 2005. 171-180. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “A Marxist Approach to Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” Littcritt: An Indian Response to Literature 31.2 (2005): 69-79. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “‘Dragon Daddies and False-Hearted Men’: Patriarchy in Toni Morrison’s Love.” Notes on Contemporary Literature 35.5 (2005): 2-4. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj, and Joe Varghese Yeldho. “Psychosis, Incest and Narration: A Reading of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.” Readings: A Biannual Journal of English Studies. 2. 1&2 (2004): 74-79. Print.
Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of Love, by Toni Morrison. Journal of Literature and Aesthetics 3 (2003): 178-179. Print.
Popular Articles in Newspaper/Magazines
2018: "The attitude towards Alzheimer’s needs to change." The Hindu | Literary Review. 16 September
2018: "Panels in Pixels." The Hindu | Literary Review. 8 July.
2017: "Cancer, AIDS and other Evil Villians." The Hindu | Magazine. 22 October.
2012 : “How to Name It?” The Hindu | Magazine. 24 November.
2011 : “Narratives of Hope.” The Hindu | Literary Review. 04 December.
2010: "No More a Taboo on Celluloid." The Hindu | Magazine. 28 November.
2019: "The distinction between fiction and non-fiction is getting blurred." Chalachitra Sameeksha: A Bilingual Magazine from Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. 1.9 (2019) https://www.academia.edu/39561230/Interview_with_Sanjay_Kak
Plenary Lecture/Invited Talks/Workshop Moderator/Facilitator
"Writing for Scholarly Publications" One-day Workshop organized by the Department of English and Research Committee, NGM, Pollachi (Tamilnadu). 6 March 2020.
"The Rubrics of Academic Writing, Publication and the Practical Use of ICT, Mobile Apps for Research." One-day Seminar organized by the Department of English, St. Paul's College (Kalamassery) in colloboration with M. G. University, Kottayam. 28 February 2020.
“Elements of Research.” Research Colloquium on Business and Social Sciences. Organized by the Department of Management Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences and Architecture, National Institute of Technology, Trichy (NIT/T). November 29 – December 3, 2019.
"Research Publication and Pedagogy on Teaching." Two-day Faculty Development Programme. Department of English, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. 20-21 November, 2019.
“Art of Writing Research Paper and Publishing in Highly Reputed Journals.” G.T.N. Arts College, Dindigul, Tamilnadu. 04 November 2019.
“Workshop on Research Writing and Publications: Theory and Practice.” Workshop organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai, Tamilnadu. 19 October, 2019.
“Elements of Literary Research: Concepts and Practice,” Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. 06 July 2019.
"Research in Humanities." TEQIP Phase-III Sponsored two-day National Workshop on Innovative Methods of English Language Teaching and Learning, Department of English, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. 13-14 September, 2019.
“Elements of Research Writing.” ICSSR Sponsored two-week Capacity Building Programme for Young Social Science Faculty organized by the Department of Management Studies, NIT Trichy on 28 August 2019.
“Visualizing the Future.” Research Scholars’ Forum. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur). 2-3 March 2019.
“Elements of Literary Research and Publication.” UGC sponsored Refresher course organized by the UGC-Human Resource Development Center, Bharathidasan University, Trichy. 14 and 11 August, 2019.
“Dissertation Writing: Theory & Praxis.” Christ. (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. 14-17 March 2019.
“Visual Thinking: Literary Foundations and Philosophical Contexts.” Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. 26 February 2019.
“Health Humanities.” UGC sponsored Refresher course organized by the UGC-Human Resource Development Center, Bharathidasan University, Trichy. 09 July, 2018.
“Medical Humanities: An Introduction.” Special Lecture, Bishop Heber College, Trichy. 25 January, 2018.
“Medical Humanities.” UGC sponsored Refresher course organized by the UGC-Human Resource Development Center, Bharathidasan University, Trichy. 27 November, 2017.
"Art of Writing." “Thesis Writing: From Copper Strip to Gold Bar.” A 5 day National Level Training Programme organized by the Centre for Technical and Academic Writing, Bharathidasan University, Trichy. 3 November, 2017.
“Research Writing: Theory and Praxis.” Organized by the Department of English, Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Engineering and Technology (Nandyal). September 15-16, 2017.
"Image and Illness: Graphic Medicine in Context." International Conference on Innovation in Teaching of English Language and Literature (ICITELL), VIT University, Vellore, India. August 16-17, 2019. (with G. Saravana Prabu).
"(Re)Negotiating the Spectacle: Gender, Body and Discourse in Films." International Conference organized by the Post Graduate and Research Department of English, Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Thevara, Kochi. 14-15 February 2020.
"Picturing the Wounded Healer: A Study of Ian William's 'The Bad Doctor.'" RSRO Conference on Contemporaneity of Language and Literature in the Robotized Millennium organized by Department of English and Other Foreign Languages and REST Society for Research International held at SRMIST, Ramapuram, Chennai. 04-05 Ocotber, 2019.
“Comics in the Classroom: Affordances of Graphic Narratives.” Second International and 11th Annual Conference on “Multiple Technologies: Teaching Literature, Mass Media and Business English.” Organized by the Department of English and Foreign Languages in association with ELTAI, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai. February 7-9, 2019.
"I'll not falter, I'll Never Be Broke": Ecological Concsiouness in Paula Knight's 'The Facts of Life.' National Seminar on Green Literature, Department of English, Periyar University, Salem, Tamilnadu. 31 January, 2020.
“Gendered Narratives of Suffering: Culture, Femininity, and Graphic Medicine.” National Conference on “Extending Postcolonialism: Living in an Age of “Precariousness” and “Precarity.” Organized by the Department of English, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. 4-5 February 2019.
“Comics and Affect.” International Conference on “New Approaches in English Language and Literature Studies.” Jointly organized by the Research Department of English, The American College (autonomous) Madurai and L Ordine Nuovo Publications. 25 January 2019.
“Drawing Illness: Graphic Medicine and Medical Humanities.” Two-day National Colloquium on “Culture in Contemporary Literature and Language.” Department of English and Foreign languages, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). January 4-5, 2019.
"One Showing is Worth a Hundred Sayings": Towards a Theory of Graphic Medicine." The 2018 Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Medical Humanities/“Uneven Distribution of Humanity.” Organized by National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan, National Chiao Tung University and National Cheng Kung University. Taiwan, November 2-4, 2018.
“When Disability Studies meets Graphic Medicine: Reading AI Davison’s The Spiral Cage.” International Conference on “Achievements of and/or Innovations for the Specially Abled.” Center for Differently Abled Persons, Bharathidasan University, Trichy and Tamil Nadu Udavikkaram Association for the Welfare of Differently Abled, Chennai. 7 Jan. 2018.
“Picturing Otherness: Urban Ethos and Lesbian Angst in Amruta Patil’s Kari.” International Conference on “Major Writers and Literary Movements: Exploring Last Three Decades of Globalization.” Organized by Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies in collaboration with Osmania University Center for International Programmes (OUCIP). 8-10 February 2018.
"Cultural Readings of Feminine Slenderness: Eating Disorders and Graphic Medicine." International Conference hosted by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi and Department of English, School of Humanities, Pondicherry University, Puducherry. 30-31 August 2018.
“Doctor as the Failed Hero: Deconstructing the Doctor Figure in Ian William’s The Bad Doctor.” International Conference on “In Search of the Hero(es) within the Genre and Beyond” (Sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi), Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh. 23-24 February 2018. (with Chinmay Murali)
“Question Papers, Assessment Tools and English Language Testing in India.” ICEL Tokyo International Conference on Education and Learning. Organized by Global Academic-Industrial Cooperation Society (GAICS). Tokyo, Japan. 16-18 August, 2017.
“Picturing the Lybranthine of Mind: Translating Mental Illness into Comicsape.” Interrogating Cultural Translation: Literature and Fine Arts in Translation.” First International Conference of Caesurae Collective jointly organized with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. 21-23 August, 2017.
“So, You’re Living in Sin: Infertility and (M)Othering in Paula Knight’s The Facts of Life.” International Conference on English Studies and Women Empowerment. Organized by UNESCO and IMRF. Govt. of India approved conference MHA Vide: Eno42170601/CC. July 21-22, 2017.
“Psychological Implications of Care Giving Through Graphic Medicine: An Analysis of Sarah Leavitt’s Tangles.” National Seminar on Humanizing Clinical Psychology: Trends and Challenges, Organized by Department of Psychology, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kerala. 27-29 June 2017.
“Documenting the Uncinematic: Towards the Poetics and Politics of Indian Independent Documentary Films.” International Symposium on Mapping Indian Political Documentary Films: Discursive and Formal Trajectories, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, Kasargod. 14-16 February, 2017. (with Rajesh James).
Participated in the Ford Foundation and LIRNasia sponsored programme at IIT Delhi on “How to Engage in Broadband Policy and Regulatory Processes.” IIT Delhi. 16-19 December, 2016. [Financially supported by the Ford Foundation and LIRNEasia, Srilanka]
“Talking in Tongues”: AIDS, Black Church and Pearl Cleage’s What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day.” Two day National Seminar on Harlem Renaissance: Its Impacts on American Literature, Department of English, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu. 20-21 October, 2016. (with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri).
“Graphic Medicine, Comics and Its Affordances.” 6th International Conference on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH), Global Research and Development Services, Hong Kong. 17-18 October 2016.
“Holocaust, Memory and Comics: Reading Art Spiegelman’s Maus.” Two day Conference on Mass Violence and Memory organized by the Jindal School of International Affairs, Middle East Institute, New Delhi, SSRE and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. at O.P. Jindal University, New Delhi. 18 and 19 May, 2016.
[Financially supported by the O.P. Jindal University, Middle East Institute, New Delhi, SSRE and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.]
“Horrors of Food: Eating Disorders, Gender Politics, and Graphic Medicine.” International Conference on The Culture of Food: Literature and Society. M.E.S. College of Arts and Commerce, Goa. 25-27 February, 2016.
Participated in Conclave on Academic Reforms held at National Institute of Technology, Trichy on 28-39 April, 2015.
“Beyond On, Off, Zat: Superheroes in Graphics Cancerland.” Three day International Conference on Comics as Visual Literature. Dr. M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai. 2-4 September, 2015.
“A Game of Luck and Skill: Visual Metaphor in Brain Fies’ Mom’s Cancer.” International Conference on Exploring Moral Interfaces: Private Worlds and Public Systems, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. 07-09 October, 2015. (with Anu Mary Peter)
“Public and Private Spaces of Care in Stan Mack’s Janet and Me: An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss and Angelo Merendino’s The Battle We Didn’t Choose.” International Conference on Exploring Moral Interfaces: Private Worlds and Public Systems, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. 07-09 October, 2015. (with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri)
“Fertile/Infertile Subjectivities, Contested Masculinities and Indian Cinema.” International Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture (ICLLC) organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Pune. 15-17 December, 2014.
Participated in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Dalit Feminist Autobiography Gendered Subalternity organized by the Department of English, Sacred Heart College, Cochin. 28-29 October, 2014.
“Testing Times: The Q-Factor and English Language Teaching.” National Seminar on English for Specific Purposes: A Reappraisal organized by the Department of English, Anna University, Chennai. 7-8 March, 2014.
“Reproduction in Crisis: Infertility in Tamil Cinema.” UGC sponsored National Conference on Film, Film Studies and Ideology organized by the Department of English, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, Kerala. 12-14 November, 2014.
“The Spectacle of AIDS: Mapping Indian Queer Cinema, 1985-2010” (Conference Panel 12, “Global Queerdom 1”) in The Third Annual London Film and Media Conference at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. 27-29 June, 2013.
Participated in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Representations of Power and Terror in Post 9/11 Discourses organized by the Department of English, Sacred Heart College, Cochin in collaboration with Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. 28-29 November, 2013.
Participated in the two day short course on Technical Writing for Research Scholars in Engineering and the Sciences organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Humanities, NIT Trichy. 25-26 May, 2013.
“Online Communities, Social Networking Sites and Teaching English.” National Seminar on Technology Integrated Language Teaching organized by the Department of English, B.S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai in association with University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. 1-2 March, 2012.
“Performance of AIDS in Literature: Opening Questions.” Three-day International Conference on English Literary Studies: Current Trends and Concurrent Challenges organized by Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women in collaboration with ELTAI, Ramanathapuram. 21– 23 September, 2012.
“Plotting the Crisis: HIV/AIDS and African American Response.” International Conference on Recent Trends in Literature: A Global Perspective organized by the Department of Languages, Garden City College, Bangalore. 27- 28 January, 2012. (with Gokulnath. A).
“Social Networking Sites (SNS) Enabled Language Learning.” International Seminar on Humanistic Language and Literature Teaching organized by the Department of English, College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. 18-19 February, 2011.
“Social Networking Sites (SNS) Enabled Language Learning.” National Conference on Modern Methodologies in Teaching English Language Skills organized by the Department of English, Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar. 09 September, 2011.
Participated in a Workshop on “Empowering Yourself through Communicative Skills” jointly organized by the Computer Society of India, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Professional Communication Society held at Anna University, Chennai. 29–30 October, 2011.
“AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Scripting the Absent Subject.” 40th Annual Conference of the Indian Association for American Studies (IAAS) organized by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in collaboration with the US Consulate General, Chennai. 11-13 August, 2010.
“Breakup, Analyze and Dialogize”: AIDS Counternarrative in Delany’s Tale of Plagues and Carnivals.” 3 day International Conference on Diversity in New Literatures organized by the Department of English, Kakatiya University, Warangal in collaboration with Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies. 16-18 December, 2010. (with Gokulnath. A)
“X-Fear: Politics of Media and Rhetoric of HIV/AIDS.” International Conference titled Fables of Fear organized by CPRACSIS: Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia, Thrissur, Kerala. 7-8 August, 2010.
“FACE the TWEET in the ELT Classroom.” National Seminar on Teaching of General and Technical English organized by the Department of English, College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. 5-6 February, 2010.
“Be True to the Earth: Ecological Imagination in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy.” 6th Biennial Toni Morrison Society Conference. Paris, France. 4-7 November, 2010.
Participated in National Workshop on Technical Communication organized by the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Technopark, Trivandrum, Kerala. 27- 28 February, 2009.
“Panic Bodies: The Birth of AIDS Literary Narratives.” International Seminar on The Novel in 21st Century: Texts and Contexts organized by the Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. 29 November – 1 December, 2009.
“And I will teach you what you are hungry for”: The Politics of Food and Culinary Practices in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” National Conference on Cultural History of Culinary Practices in North Eastern India organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati. December 1-2, 2007.
“Politics of History in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” XXXIX National Conference on Women and American Studies: Concerns, Conditions and Contributions organized by Indian Association for American Studies and the Department of English, Auxilium College (autonomous), Vellore, Tamil Nadu. 6-8 September, 2007.
“Culture, Identity and African Americans.” Conference on The Contentious Question of Culture(s) in Contemporary Societies organized by the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi. 1-3 March, 2007. [Supported by the University of Delhi and DOSA, IIT Kanpur]
“‘An Experimental Life’: Ethics, Irresponsibility and Toni Morrison’s Sula.” International Conference on Irresponsibility organized by the Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. 28-30 September, 2006.
“(Tran)Scripts on Black Skin”: Body Scars, Subversion and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” 11th International Cultural Studies Workshop on Cultures of the Body organized by the Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta held at the International Center, Goa. 23-28 January, 2006. [Financially supported by the Ford Foundation (India), the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) and SEPHIS of International Institute of Social History (IISH), the Netherlands].
“Bridging the Difference: Converging Postcolonial Feminism and Black Feminism.” International Conference on Commonwealth Literature organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee. 13-15 October, 2005.
“Ain’t a Woman?: Locating Black Feminist Theory and Praxis.” International Conference on Worlds In Discourse: Representations of Realities organized by the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. 21-23 November, 2005.
“Glocal Feminism: Bridging Minority Feminism and Third World Feminism.” 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women organized by Ewha Womans University in association with Worldwide Organization of Women’s Studies, Seoul, South Korea. 19-24 June, 2005. [Financially supported by vMoksha Technologies, Banglore, Narayana Murthy–Infosys Project Fund and DOAA, IIT Travel Grants].
‘“History in Inquisition”: Locating Postmodern Poetics in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” International Conference on Post-Modernism, Globalization and the Media organized by Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahamedabad (MICA) India in academic collaboration with University of Limerick, Ireland and Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. 5-7 March, 2005. [Supported by MICA, Ahamedabad and HSS Department, IIT Kanpur].
“Fractured History: Reading Shashi Tharoor’s Riot.” National Seminar (under the aegis of UGC) on Familial Relations and Society in Contemporary Indian Writing in English organized by the Department of English, DAV College, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. 17-18 February, 2005.
‘“Be true to the Earth”: Nature and Ecological Imagination in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” Third World Conference and XI All India English Teachers’ Annual Conference jointly organized by Department of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai, World Association for Studies in Literatures in English (WASLE) and Indian Association for Studies in Contemporary Literature (IASCL) at Madras Christian College, Chennai. 20-21 December, 2004.
“From Pages to Real Life”: Oppositional Consciousness in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Sula.” International Conference on Protest and Aftermath in Post-War Literature in English organized by the Department of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in English, Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur (Madhyapradesh) in association with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. 26-27 August, 2004.
“Black Bourgeoisie: Reading Class and Race in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” International Conference on Past and Future Perspectives: Negotiating Contemporary Theory, Criticism and Culture in Crisis organized by the Department of English, Meerut University, Meerut, India. 10–14 February, 2004.
[Financially supported by HSS Department, IIT Kanpur]
“Byte in the class: Internet assisted Teaching and Learning.” National Seminar on Recent Developments in English Language Teaching organized by the Department of English, Juhari Devi Girls’ Post Graduate College, Kanpur, Uttarpradesh. 19–20 November, 2004.
Participated in three day National Conference of Young Scholars on Indian Philosophy, Science and Culture at Jamia Hamdard University in association with Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. 23-25 January, 2004.
Participated in two day National Seminar on Translation: Indian Perspectives. Organized by the Department of English, Government Victoria College, Palakkad, Kerala. 1-2 December 2004.
~ Center for Continuing Education, IIT Madras. “Self-Awareness and Higher Goals in Education” 29 May – 02 June, 2017.
~ VI Theory/Praxis. Jointly organized by the Department of English, Goa University and the Forum for Contemporary Theory, Baroda. June 16-July 12, 2008.
~ Fellow, School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. June 18-July 27, 2006. [awarded full fellowship]
~ National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chennai. “Instructional Design and Delivery System.” 21–27 August, 2008. Participated in the micro-teaching and received commendation.
~ Member, Organizing Committee, one-day workshop on Academic Writing: Theory and Praxis, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Trichy. 28 May 2019.
~ Coordinated and organized three day workshop on Glocal Trends and Issues in English language Teaching: Challenges and Opportunities. Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Trichy. 24 - 26 January 2014.
~ Coordinated and organized One day workshop on Writing Research Paper: Theory and Praxis, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Trichy. 10 May 2014.