Arya Suresh is a PhD graduate student at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology, Thiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. In academics, her area of research interest are Health Humanities, graphic medicine and Mad Studies. Mental illness narratives in graphic medicine is her focal point of research. She has published research articles in acclaimed journals including Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Taylor & Francis) and has presented papers in many national and international seminars. She has been awarded NIT Trichy's the Budding Researcher Award 2022 for her early research accomplishments. Her favorite place to do research is her room where she could listen to carnatic instrumental or some mellow jazz. She believes in the power of academic instruction in shaping human life even in the AI-centered world of today and the significance of Humanities disciplines in developing a perspective of human condition. Her ambition is to pursue an academic career in any of the finest higher education institutions in the country.
Her areas of research interest falls at the intersection of graphic medicine and Mad Studies. Through her ongoing research under the guidance of Dr Sathyaraj Venkatesan, Ms. Suresh attempts a critical view of the psychiatric enterprise through the close analysis of autobiographical visual narratives on mental illness.
Reading fiction, current affairs, travelling and watching movies are her hobbies. She is a history, art and culture enthusiast. Off late, she has developed interest in swimming and playing badminton.
Date of Joining
06 January, 2020
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Arya Suresh, "Geography of Madness: Communitarian Psychiatry and Spatial Logic in The Third Population." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. [Scopus/ESCI] 2022.
- Suresh, Arya and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “‘Fog of Medication’: psychiatric drugs, neurochemical selves and graphic medicine.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 2022. [Published online, SCOPUS]
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Arya Suresh. “Critique of DSM, medicalization and graphic medicine.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 2022. [Published online, SCOPUS]
- Suresh, Arya and Sathyaraj Venkatesan. “On graphic mental illness narratives: an interview with Clem Martini, Tatiana Gill and Tyler Page.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 2021. [Published online, SCOPUS]
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Arya Suresh. “‘Eye of the Beholder’: Psychiatric Medical Reasoning, Narrative Humility, and Graphic Medicine.” Rupkatha Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. Vol. 13, No.2, pp. 1-9. 2021. [SCI/SCOPUS]
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Arya Suresh. “Sequential Sadness: Metaphors of Depression in Clay Jonathan’s Depression Comix”. Media Watch. Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 33-45. 2021. [SCI/SCOPUS]
- “Reconfiguring Doctor-Patient Relationship: Narrative Humility and Graphic Medicine.” 1st Bhatter College Conference on Recent Advances in English Studies (Virtual), July 3-4, 2021. The PG Department of English, Bhatter College, Dantan, India.
- “Enjoy Enjaami and “The Right to Breathe”: Ecosophy, Health and Graphic Posthumanism.” International Conference on Ecosophy, Art and Peace (ICEAP) (Virtual), June 3-4, 2021. Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka.
- “Question of Selfhood and Psychopharmaceutical Exploitation in Graphic Medicine.” International Conference on Electronic Textual Cultures: A Study on Digital Literature and Literature in Digital Spaces (Virtual), March 9-12, 2021. The Department of Indian and World Literatures, The Department of Indian and World Literatures, EFLU, Hyderabad.
- “Representation of Depression in Clay Jonathan’s Depression Comix.” First Rupkatha International Open Conference on Recent Advances in Interdisciplinary Humanities (Virtual), August 20-22, 2020.
- “Identity and Selfhood in Neurochemical Selves: Graphic Medicine and Mental Illness Narratives.” Virtual National Conference on The Story: Life Narratives of Experience, Memory, Identity and Agency, March 25-26, 2021. Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
- “‘The Right to Breathe’: Comics, Networked Bodies and Graphic Posthumanism.” International Virtual Conference on Voices from the Margins: Exploring Fringe Articulations in Literature and Culture, September 6-8, 2021. Research and Postgraduate Department of English, St Berchmans College (Autonomous), Changanassery, Kerala.
- “Psychopharmaceutical supremacy in graphic detail.” Alternate, Virtual, and Augmented Realities: A Post-Graduate and Early Career Medical Humanities Conference (Virtual), September 20-21, 2021. Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH), Durham University,
- “Madness, geography and graphic medicine.” 10th annual Conference (Virtual), March March 25-27, 2022. Health Humanities Consortium, USA
NIT Trichy's Budding Researcher Award (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2022)
Qualified UGC-NET in July 2016.
Worked as Guest Lecturer in the Department of English, Government College, Ambalapuzha, Alappuzha, Kerala from June, 2018 to December, 2019. Handled both undergraduate and postgraduate classes during the specified period.
Postgraduation (2013-2015)- University College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Graduation (2010-2013)- Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.