Kay Sohini Kumar
Office: Humanities 1029
Kay is a doctoral scholar and an illustrator based in New York. Her work seeks to examine how autobiographical/autoethnographical 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 and decolonize crip and queer spaces. She has presented her work and organized panels at the MLA (Modern Language Association), NeMLA, SALA (South Asian Literary Association) amongst others, and her work on graphic memoirs has been recently been published in Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies. She is currently working on a chapter “Being and Belonging in Transnational Comics” for an edited collection, and a chapter on LGBTQ+ comics “The Queerness of Being” for the Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives to be published in late 2019. You can find more about her non-academic endeavors—including an upcoming webzine The Comics of Liminality that features young and diverse comic artists from around the world—at https://kaysohini.hcommons.org/.