Sathyaraj Venkatesan

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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 (2017, 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 ReviewNotes 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.  

Research Interests

Literature and Medicine, Graphic Medicine, Critical Medical Humanities 

Research Overview/Statement

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.  

Scholarships/Fellowships 

  • Inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2011.
  • Library Fellowship, the Center for Contemporary Theory, Baroda, India. 
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography Fellowship, Publications of Modern Language Association (PMLA), USA. 
  • School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) Fellowship, Cornell University, USA.
  • Senior Research Fellowship, IIT Kanpur, India.
  • Junior Research Fellowship, IIT Kanpur, India. 

Journal Reviewer/Professional Service

  • Consulting Editor, The Explicator (SCI Journal), published by Taylor and Francis.
  • Editorial Board Member, Palimpsest: International Scientific Journal. 
  • Review Editor, GNOSIS: An International Journal of English Language and Literature.
  • Editorial Consultant for Special Issue on "Democracy and its Discontents"; "The Public Intellectual." Humanities Circle: International Journal of Central University of Kerala. ISSN 2321-8010.  

Academic Signposts

  • National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET).  
  • National English Language Test Service (NELTS) administered by CIEFL and Orient Longman.

Thesis Supervision

Gokulnath. A: Corpses that Live: Social Death and Coping in the selected African American AIDS Literary Narratives. [2012/Completed]

Language Proficiency

Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, English, French [Two-semester intensive course in French, Foreign Language Programme IIT Kanpur]

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.”  

Books

  • The Idea and Practice of Reading (2017, Springer; forthcoming) with R. Joseph Ponniah
  • AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Scripting the Absent Subject (1980–2010). UK:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016 with Gokulnath A.
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Tales and Other Writings. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2017. 
  • Mapping the Margins: A Study of Ethnic Feminist Consciousness in Toni Morrison’s Novels. Germany: VDM Publishing House Limited, 2011   

Selected Publications

  • "Mapping the Margins: Interview with Meena Kandasamy." 2018/Forthcoming. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature (Johns Hopkins University press). (with Rajesh James) [SCI Journal]
  • "Casting the Caste": Dalit Identity, Papilio Buddha and Malayalam Cinema." 2017/Forthcoming. Economic and Political Weekly (EPW).  (with Rajesh James) [Elsevier Scopus Journal].
  • "No time to Rest, Vent or Mourn": Medical Intern Narratives and Graphic Medicine." 2017/Forthcoming. INKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, the Ohio State University. (with Anu Mary Peter).
  • '"Body of the Christ has AIDS”: AIDS, Black Church and Pearl Cleage’s What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day."  2017/Forthcoming. Humanities Circle: International Journal of Central University of Kerala in special issue on Body titled "Minding the Body". (with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri). ISSN 2321-8010
  • "Royal Road to Wisdom: Tarot Cards and Justin Green's Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary." The Explicator. 74.3 (2016): 170-172. Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. (with Sweetha Saji) [SCI Journal]
  • "Rhetorics of the Visual: Graphic Medicine, Comics and Its Affordances." Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. 8.3 (2016): 221-231. (with Sweetha Saji) [Elsevier Scopus Journal]
  • "From Diaries to Virtual Narratives: Breast Cancer and Feminism." Literaria 6.1-2 (2016): 30-41 (with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri).
  • "'Telling Your Story Git You Over That River': AIDS and Scenes of Reading and Writing in Sapphire's Push." Journal of Language, Literature and Culture60.2 (2013): 109-117.  [SCI Journal] 
  • “Origins of AIDS.” Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend and Folklore (3 vols.). Eds. Jeffrey B Webb and Christopher Fee. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 6-8. Print.  
  • "Life is a Game: Visual Metaphors in Brain Fies's "Mom's Cancer." Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities. Fall 2015.  ISSN 2155-3017. 
    http://hektoeninternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1983  
  • "Celluloid Closet: Condensed Queerity and Displacement in Harikrishnans." Gnosis: An International Journal of English Language and Literature. 2.1 (2015): 38-45.
  • "Plotting the Crisis: HIV/AIDS and the African American Literary Response: 1981-1990. IRWLE. 8.2 (2012): 1-7. (with Gokulnath Ammanathil).
  • "Journeys into Caregiving: Lessons from Sarah Leavitt's 'Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me.'"  Research and Humanities in Medical Education [RHiME Internet]. 2015 Oct. 06. 4 Pages. 
  • "The Spectacle of AIDS: Mapping Indian Queer Cinema, 1985-2010." The London Film and Media Reader 3. London: The London Symposium, 2015. 369-378. [Book Chapter]  
  • "Toni Morrison's Quarrel with the Civil Rights Ideology in Love."  The International Fiction Review. 34 (2007): 139-146. [SCI Jornal]  (with G. Neelakantan) 
  • "Toni Morrison's Home." AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Univeristy of Modern Language. 118 (2012): 108-110. [SCI Journal]
  • "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. (with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri)
  • [Book Review] "Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe," and "Billy, Me and You: A Memoir of Grief and Recovery." Find at <http://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-reviews/lisas-story-the-other-shoe/>
  • [Book Review] "The Test of My Life: From Criker to Cancer and Back." 2014. (with Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri) Research and Humanities in Medical Education [RHiME]. 
  • "Transgressing the Borders: Ambiguous Queer Spots, Homoerotic Silences and Tagore's 'Gora' and 'Two Sisters.' The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. 2.2 (2015): 175-184. ISSN: 2393-9001. (with Rajesh James)
  • "The Bad Doctor" Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 6.4 (2016): 1-2. Published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis.    <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2016.1149082#abstract> 
  •  “Online Communities, Social Networking Sites, Teaching English.” Published conference proceedings of the National Seminar on Technology Integrated Language Teaching. Published by B.S. Abdur Rahman University in association with the University of Cambridge ESOL Exams. (2012): 11-14. [ISBN: 978-81-923661-0-4]. 
  • Toni Morrison's Sula. The Explicator. 66.2 (Winter 2008): 113 -115. (with G. Neelakantan) [SCI Journal]
  • "Graphic Medicine Manifesto." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 6.4 (2015): 1-2. Published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis. <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2015.1108350>  7.1. January 2016, 93-94.
  • "AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Textualizing the Virus in Indian Writing in English." Recent Trends in Indian English Literature. Ed. Saikat Banerjee. Power Publishers,  Kolkata, 2014. 219 - 223. [Book Chapter]
  • "If Yuvi Can, you can: Reconstruction of the Self and Body in Yuvraj Singh's The Test of my Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back." Lybyrinth. 5.4 (2014): 35-40.
  • "Picturing Illness: History, Poetics and Graphic Medicine." Research and Humanities in Medical Education. 1.2 (2015): 1-6 (with Ragahavi Ravi Kasthuri)
  • "Toward a Theory of African American Motherhood." Critical Perspectives on American Literature. Ed. P. Dhanavel. New Delhi, Sarup and Sons, 2008. 287-297. [Book Chapter]
  • "Testing Times: The Q-Factor and English Language Testing." "Proceedings of the National Seminar on 'English for Specific Purposes - A Reappraisal.'" Published by the Department of English, Anna University. (2015): 77-82.
  • "History in Shreds: Reading Shashi Tharoor's Riot. Indian Writings in English. Ed. Binod Mishra and Sanjay Kumar. Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2005. 57-65. [Book Chapter] (with Joe Varghese Yeldo).
  • "Centering the Margins: Locating Black Feminist Theory and Praxis." Critical Responses to Feminism. Ed. Binod Mishra. New Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 2006. 191-200. [Book Chapter]
  • "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. Jaipur, Surabhi Publications: 2005. 171-181. [Book Chapter]
  • "Color of Consciousness: A Selected Bibliography of African American Literature." Indian Review of World Literature in English 5.1 (2009). 2 Feb. 2009. 
  • "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.
  • "Toni Morrison's What Moves at the Margins." MELUS. 34.1 (2009): 239-241. [SCI Journal]
  • "Dragon Daddies and False Hearted Men": Patriarchy in Toni Morrison's Love." Notes on Contemporary Literature. 35.5 (2005): 2-4. (with G. Neelakantan)
  • "Family and Parenting in Toni Morrison's Love."  Notes on Contemporary Literature. 36.4 (2006): 9-10. (with G. Neelakantan)
  • "Toni Morrison's Love."  The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel. 3 Vols. Edited by Abby H. P. Werlock. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2006, Vol. 2. 794-796. [Book Chapter]  
  • "Amelia E. Johnson." Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Greenwood/Heinemann Press: Westport, Connecticut, 2007. 309-311.
  • "Students Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC)." Africa and the Americans: Culture, Politics and History. Eds. Richard M. Juang and Noelle Morrissette. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, California. (2008). 1033-1034. [Encyclopedia Chapter]
  • "Jazz"  Encyclopedia of African American History. ABC-CLIO Publishers. USA. (2008). [Encyclopedia Chapter]
  • "History in Inquisition: Postmodernist Poetics in Toni Morrison's Beloved." ICFAI English Studies. 2.1 (March 2007): 7-12. (with G. Neelakantan) 
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of Love, by Toni Morrison. Journal of Literature and Aesthetics. 3 (2003): 178-179.
  • "Psychosis, Incest and Narration: Reading Rushdie's Midnight's Children." Readings. 2 (2004): 74-79. (with Joe Varghese Yeldho)
  • "A Marxist Approach to Song of Solomon."  Littcrit. 31.2 (2005) 69-79.
  • "Black Power Movement (US)."  Encyclopedia of American History. Vol. 5. (2009).
  • "Trauma, Self and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye." The Atlantic Literary Review. 6.4 (2005) 53-58. (with Joe Varghese Yeldo).
  • "Immigration and Labor Patterns in Toni Morrison's Sula." Notes on Contemporary Literature. 37.2 (2007): 9-11. (with G. Neelakantan)
  • "Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism." American Notes and Queries (ANQ). 10.10 (2007): 57-60.
  • "Ishmael Reed." Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Ed. Tarshia L. Stanley. Greenwood Press: Westport, Connecticut, 2009. 199 -200.
  • “From the Paralysis of Fear to the Response of Solidarity.” The IUP Journal of American Literature. 3.3 (August 2010): 7–13.
  • “‘HIV is not an Advocate”: Self-love, Self- respect and Responsibility in Marvelyn Brown’s The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive.” The IUP Journal of American Literature 4.3 (2011): 7-13.

Conferences/Seminars/Workshops

“Documenting the Uncinematic: Towards the Poetics and Politics of Indian Independent Documenatry 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 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.

Summer School

  • VI Theory/Praxis Course. Held at the Department of English, Goa University and organized by 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]Seminar Leader: Brent Hayes Edwards, Department of English, Columbia University. Seminar Topic: Black Intellectual. 

 

 Pedagogical Training

  • 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.   

 Workshop Organized     

Coordinator: Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan.  

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.

Coordinator: Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan

Organized One day workshop on Writing Research Paper: Theory and  Praxis.  Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Trichy. 10 May 2014.