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Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan is an Assistant 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 currently, an International Field Bibliographer with the Publications of Modern Language Association of America (PMLA).
He is widely travelled including USA, UK, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand.
He is the author of The Idea and Practice of Reading (2017, Springer; forthcoming) with R. Joseph Ponniah, Edgar Allan Poe: Tales and Other Writings (2016, Orient BlackSwan), AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Scripting the Absent Subject (1980-2010) (2016, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) with Gokulnath Ammanathil and Mapping the Margins: A Study of Ethnic Feminist Consciousness in Toni Morrison’s Novels (2011).
His articles have appeared in SCI/Elsevier Scopus indexed journals such as The Explicator, International Fiction Review, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Ariel: A Review of International English Literature (Johns Hopkins University press); MELUS (Oxford Journals), Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, AMULA, American Notes and Queries, Journal of Comics and Graphic Novels and also in a number of renowned publications including The London Film and Media Reader, The Atlantic Literary Review. Notes on Contemporary Literature, Facts on File Companion to American Literature, Encyclopedia of African American Women, among others. His interview/article/profile is mentioned in media such as The Hindu, JoongAng Libo (South Korean), Malayala Manorama and Mathrubhoomi.
Literature and Medicine, Graphic Medicine, Critical Medical Humanities
My current research is situated in the intersection of comics and medicine or, what is generically termed as “Graphic Medicine.” I am interested in issues such as the rhetorical function and affordances of images; the palpable tension between image and word; the cultural 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; representation of illness and their imperatives; doctor-patient relationship; comics in the age of biopolitics; comics' negotiation and representation of medical ethics among others. This productive conversation between comics and medicine, I believe, is rewarding in that it has implications for science studies, cultural and literary studies, biocultural studies, policy studies and medical humanities. I also teach a doctoral course on "Graphic Medicine" and offer a minor course titled "An Introduction to Graphic Novels and Comics Culture" for undergraduates starting 2017.
My research group comprises of four doctoral graduate students who concentrate on topics pertaining to graphic medicine and a range of issues broadly termed “medical.” They include Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri (Breast Cancer), S. Pushpanathan (Caregiving), Anu Mary Peter (Eating Disorders) and Sweetha Saji (Metaphors and Graphic Medicine). Our research articles have appeared in various international/professional journals including, The Explicator, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (both published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group), Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Research and Humanities in Medical Education among others. My co-authored book with Gokulnath Ammanathil titled "AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Scripting the Absent Subject" (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016) is first of its kind in that the book examines the various psychosocial and sexual ordeals of African Americans living with HIV/AIDS as depicted in African American literary narratives published from 1980 to 2010.
Articles Published in Newspaper
2012 : “How to Name It?” The Hindu Magazine. 24 November 2012 (Sunday) p. 4. (with Gokulnath. A). Print.
2011 : “Narratives of Hope”. Literary Review, The Hindu. 04 December 2011 (Sunday). p. (with Gokulnath. A). Print.
2010: 28 November 2010 (Sunday). p. (with Gokulnath. A). Print.The Hindu Magazine.“HIV/AIDS and Celluloid.”
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 Humanties (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.
07-09 . Hyderabad, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) ,International Conference on Exploring Moral Interfaces: Private Worlds and Public Systems ”.Mom’s Cancer“A Game of Luck and Skill: Visual Metaphor in Brain Fies’ October, 2015. (with Anu Mary Peter)
07-09 Hyderabad., The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) ,International Conference on Exploring Moral Interfaces: Private Worlds and Public Systems ”.The Battle We Didn’t Choose and Angelo Merendino’s Janet and Me: An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss“Public and Private Spaces of Care in Stan Mack’s Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri)October, 2015. (with
“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.
B.S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai in association with University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. 1-2 organized by the Department of English,Technology Integrated Language Teaching“Online Communities, Social Networking Sites and Teaching English.” National Seminar on 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.
.” 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 Tale of Plagues and Carnivals“Breakup, Analyze and Dialogize”: AIDS Counternarrative in Delany’s 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.
.” XXXIX National Conference on Women and American Studies: Concerns, Beloved“Politics of History in Toni Morrison’s 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.
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 th.” 11Beloved“(Tran)Scripts on Black Skin”: Body Scars, Subversion and Toni Morrison’s 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.
International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women organized by Ewha Womans University in association with Worldwide Organization of Women’s Studies, Seoul, South Korea. 19-24 th“Glocal Feminism: Bridging Minority Feminism and Third World Feminism.” 9June, 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.