About

Visit my new digital portfolio The Art of Kay Sohini and my webzine project Comics from the Margins.

I am a South Asian immigrant, a comics-maker and PhD candidate currently living in New York, originally from Calcutta, India. I am currently drawing my doctoral dissertation as a comic, which is an autoethnographic project about growing up in suburban India, homophobia in my hometown, living with chronic respiratory illness, and migrating to the US. In both my creative and academic work, I focus on how comics can be utilized by scholars and artists alike to amplify marginalized voices. My work on comics has been published in Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies and Sequentials, and is about to be published in the Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives (de Gruyter) in 2020-21. In 2020, I received the Edward Guiliano Global Fellowship to fund the fieldwork for my comic “Resistance During the Fall of the World’s Largest Democracy”; this project aims to image textually capture the resistance movement against rising xenophobia in India, which has been exacerbated in the wake of COVID-19.

I also serve as the Secretary of the International Comic Arts Forum, and write about comics and various precarities in Gradhacker, IHE. In 2019, I launched the webzine Comics from the Margins to highlight works by emerging diverse comic artists from the Global South.

Peer Reviewed Publications and essays in edited volumes:

  •  “The Graphic Memoir as a Transitional Object” Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies (March 2019). Web.
  • “Comics in the Age of Digitization” Sequentials, vol. 1, no. 4, 2020.
  • “On the Threshold of Being and Belonging” Chapter in an Edited Collection Comics and Catharsis: Exploring Narratives of Trauma and Memory in the Graphic Novel. (Forthcoming)
  • “The Queerness of Being” Chapter in Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives (Forthcoming)
  • “Pandemic Precarities”; COVID-19 Anthology, Graphic Mundi Imprint/Penn State University Press. Expected early 2021
  • “Drawing Intersectionality: Comics, Neurodiversity and New Subjectivities”; in MLA (Modern Language Association) Volume Neurofutures. Forthcoming.

Other Writing:

“I draw, therefore I am: Comics as Thinking, and as Scholarship”, Women Write About Comics, August 2020. (Forthcoming).
Review of Commute by Erin Williams, Extra Inks, June 2020.
“Mental Health, Comics, the Grad Student”, in Gradhacker, Inside Higher Ed, March 2020.
”International Student Precarity in the Humanities Academy” in         Gradhacker, Inside Higher Ed, April 2020.
• Section on “Graduate Studies in the Time of Coronavirus”, MLA Grads. April 2020.
“A Medley of Multi-modal Projects”, Insider Higher Ed, June 2020. 

Conferences:
• “Reinventing Form: A Recent History of Interactive Comics, Audio Comics and Comics in Augmented Reality” in the Roundtable New Flashpoints in Comics History organized by Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives, MLA 2021, Toronto [Upcoming]

• “Twice Othered: Ecological Imperialism and Settler Colonialism in The Rabbits” in the panel The Other in Narratives of Rival Nations organized by the Children’s Literature Association, MLA 2021, Toronto [Upcoming]

• “Subverting dominant Discourses through Interactive Graphic Narratives” Modern Language Association (MLA); January 2020, Seattle.

• “Institutional Contexts and the Shaping and Re-Shaping of Power”, Modern Language Association (MLA); January 2020, Seattle.

• “Comics, Multiple Marginalities and the Queerness of Being” in the panel Comics and Shaping of Identities: Queer Spaces and Gendered Places; March 2020, NeMLA Boston

“Creating an Online Presence via HCommons Blog”, A Humanities Commons Twitter Conference, July 2019.

• “You Are Not Your Illness: Narrativizing Identity in Disability and Illness Memoirs”, Modern Language Association (MLA); January 2019, Chicago.

• “Across Borders and In-Between Spaces” at the South Asian Literary Association (SALA); January 2019, Chicago, 2019.

• “Kamala Khan as Miss Marvel: On Being a Brown, Muslim, Immigrant Superhero”; 50th Anniversary Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA); Washington DC 2019.

• “Artistic Resistance and Drawing Girlhood” Creative Panel on Writing Girlhood at NeMLA; March 2019.

•  “Objects, Emotions, and Neocolonialism in Graphic Narratives.” Literature as Activism, 30th Annual Graduate Conference, Stony Brook University, New York, January 2018.

• “Seeing is Saying: Postcolonial Identity Crisis and Resistance in Malik Sajad’s Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir.” Doing Graphic Stories National Conference, Jadavpur University, India, January 12-14, 2017

Panels, Roundtables and Conferences Organized:

• Organizer of the Roundtable Session “Comics and Illness”, MLA 2021, Toronto [Upcoming]
• Organizer of the Roundtable Session “Graphic Narratives and Multiple Marginalities” at Modern Language Association (MLA) 2020, Seattle.
• Organizer of the Creative Panel “Who Belongs, Who Does Not: The Use of Comics as Literatures of Resistance”, at Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2020, Boston.
• Organizing Committee Member of Gradcon 2020, Stony Brook University.

Awards, Grants:
• Edward Guiliano Global Fellowship for project titled titled “Resistance During the Fall of the World’s Largest Democracy”
• SBGSO Distinguished Travel Award for presenting on International student precarious for organizing a roundtable on graphic narratives and multiple marginalities Modern Language Association, 2020, Seattle.
• MLA Travel Grant for Graduate Students, January 2019; for MLA 2019, Chicago.
• SBU English Dept Graduate Student Travel Award, January, 2019; for MLA 2019.
• GES Conference funding, May, 2019; for SALA 2019.
• GSEU Professional Development Award, 2019; for NeMLA 2019.

Social Media Profiles and Digital Portfolio:

Twitter: @KaySohini
https://www.kaysohini.com/

Contact:
sohini.kumar@stonybrook.edu
kaysohini@gmail.com