South Asia; South Asian diaspora; History and Public Memory; Nationalism and Masculinity; 1985 Air India bombings; Bollywood
postcolonial literatures and theory; south Asian and south Asian American literatures; African literatures; diaspora studies; gender and sexuality studies
I am currently writing my dissertation and developing my DH Rushdie Archive Project. My interests include South Asian Studies, Postcolonial Literature, and Diaspora Literature and Film
Indian and South Asian literatures, classical and modern literatures, colonial and postcolonial literatures, poetry and poetics, fiction and narrative theory, novel and short story, comparative studies, modern theory, world literature, cosmopolitanism, modernism, diaspora, Indian-English literature, literatures in Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, and Sanskrit
Caribbean popular music culture, Indo-Caribbean popular culture, Caribbean Carnival culture, Caribbean cultural studies, Indo-Caribbean diaspora, cultural identity, remix culture, remix theory, hybridity
…and the African American Imagination (The University of Chicago Press, 2008). Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 9 (2): 351–353.
2009 Kevin Birth, Bacchanalian Sentiments: Musical Experiences and Political Counterpoints in Trinidad (Duke University Press, 2007). The Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, 15(3): 663–665.
2009 John R. Hinnells, Religious Reconstruction in the South Asian Diasporas: From One Generation to Another (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32 (6): 1092–1093.
2008 Aisha Khan, Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity among South Asians in Trinidad (Duke University Press, 2004). Transforming Anthropology, 16(2): 176–177….
I completed my PhD at Florida International University in 2006 and a two-year postdoctoral training at Saint Louis University’s Center for Intercultural Studies in 2014. My research topics include, but are not limited to immigrant faiths, material religion, Marian devotion and pilgrimage, and gender and spirituality.
…Literature Uniting Regions and Nations, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017
The Commonwealth Review.
South Asian Diaspora Literatures. …
I’m currently working on my dissertation, tentatively titled “Collateral Development Cultures and the Literature of Precarious States.” My research deals with literary engagements with the policies, practices, and social transformations of neoliberal development institutions. Focusing mainly on form and aesthetic disruption, I explore development as a mode of hegemonic, normative reason that imposes epistemologies and ontologies onto “developing” subjects. My dissertation argues that writers, particularly those within the “global Anglophone” tradition, have adopted new techniques to disrupt or “decolonize” the governing rationality of neoliberal development policies.
I am a doctoral scholar and an aspiring comic artist. My research focuses on graphic narratives, ecocriticism, diaspora studies and postcolonial literature. Both my academic and artistic work seek to examine how graphic narratives possess an openness to difference, that is often missing from normative models of discourse, and how this characteristic can be utilized (by artists and scholars alike) to represent marginalized voices be it in conflict spaces, ethnic minority groups, queer spaces or the disabled community. Being an immigrant, I am especially interested in scholarship and artistic work that focusses on diaspora narratives and multicultural identities. When I am not struggling with academic deadlines, I am trying to illustrate my own comic book/graphic short–a project I have always dreamed of, but only recently started working on. It revolves around life as an immigrant, New York city, and living in between two worlds. Check out snippets of my work at my HCommons blog: https://kaysohini.hcommons.org/
African Literature, South Asian Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Postcolonial Theory, Queer Theory, Transnational Literature, African Diasporic Literature, Cultural Studies