Assistant Professor

Dr Abhilasha Gusain

Department of Literature and Languages

Interests

  • Comics and Graphic Narratives
  • Memory and Trauma Studies
  • War Narratives

Education

2016

P.G.D.A.V. College, University of Delhi
India
B.A. (Hons.)

2018

Miranda House, University of Delhi
India
M.A. English

2024

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
India
Ph.D

Research Interest

  • Comics Studies
  • Autobiographical Comics
  • Comics and Ethics
  • War Narratives
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Postmemory
  • Awards & Fellowships

  • 2022- The Sabin Award for Comics Scholarship (Best Paper Award) - The International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference (IGNCC)- University of Cambridge
  • 2019-2023- JRF and SRF (IIT Roorkee)- MHRD
  • 2018 – UGC NET – UGC
  • 2016- Smt Shakuntala Devi Sharma Memorial Prize (College Topper- English Department)- P.G.D.A.V. College, University of Delhi
  • Memberships

    • The Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS)

    Publications

    • 1. Gusain, Abhilasha, and Smita Jha. “Trauma, Memory, History and its Counter Narration in Thi Bui’s Graphic Memoir The Best We Could Do.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, vol. 12, no. 5, 2021, pp. 873-884. https://doi.org/10.1080/21504857.2020.1806890.
    • 2. Gusain, Abhilasha, and Smita Jha. “ “Narrating Vietnamese history is the best way to open a can of worms…”: in conversation with Marcelino Truong”. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, vol. 13, no. 3, 2022, pp. 499-508. https://doi.org/10.1080/21504857.2021.1944240.
    • 3. Gusain, Abhilasha, and Smita Jha. “ ‘The urge to know about the roots is just human, I guess’: Vietnamese Memories and Clément Baloup, an interview”. Visual Studies, vol. 37, no. 1-2, 2022, pp. 47-53. https://doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2022.2036633.
    • 4. Gusain, Abhilasha, and Smita Jha. “A Visual Dialogue: Practising Hospitality through the reading of Graphic Narratives.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, vol. 14, no. 5, 2023, pp. 615-630. https://doi.org/10.1080/21504857.2023.2207629.

    Under Review

    • 1. Gusain, Abhilasha, and Smita Jha. “Illustrating Memory: Clément Baloup’s Vietnamese Memories and the Visual Representation of the Past”.

    Conference Presentations
    International Conferences

    • 1. “A Visual Dialogue: Practising Hospitality through the reading of Graphic Narratives”. Comics Art Conference Education Series Panel titled ‘Comics Around the World’, Comic-Con International: San Diego June 2021 release. https://www.comic-con.org/museum/education.
    • 2. “Foregrounding the Personal Histories: Representation and Practices in Clement Baloup’s Vietnamese Memories”. The 2021 Joint Conference of the International Conference of Graphic Novels & Comics and the International Bande Dessinee Society, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, June 21-25, 2021.
    • 3. “History, Memory, and Illustration: Truong’s Alternate Narrative in Saigon Calling”. 2-Day International Interdisciplinary Conference, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Reva University, Bengaluru in collaboration with iSPELL (Indian Society for the Promotion of English Language and Literature) & Liverpool John Moores University, England, August 30-31, 2021.
    • 4. “Trauma and Alternate History: Vietnam War and the Graphic Response in Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do”. International Conference on “Conflict and Literature - Narratives of Struggle”, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, March 10-12, 2022.
    • 5. “Reader-Participation and Visual Dialogue: Understanding Ethics, Empathy, and Hospitality through Clemént Baloup’s Vietnamese Memories”. The 2022 Joint Conference of the International Graphic Novel & Comics and the International Bande Dessinée Society, Lexicon Library and Cultural Centre, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, June 29-July 1, 2022.
    • 6. “Personal, Cultural, and the Postmemory: Clément Baloup’s Vietnamese Memories and the Illustration of the past”. International Conference on ‘Explorations of Counter-Memory’, Memory Studies Association Nordic in association with the Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature, University of Iceland, October 13-14, 2022.
    • 7. “Illustrating Memory: Clément Baloup’s Vietnamese Memories and the Visual Representation of the Past”. The 2023 Joint Conference of the International Conference of Graphic Novels & Comics and The International Bande Dessinee Society, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, July 3-7, 2023.

    National Conferences and Seminars

    • 1. “It’s the price we pay for freedom.”; Alternate History, Vietnamese Horror, and Memory in Truong’s Graphic Memoir, Saigon Calling”. Annual Graduate Conference, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, January 14-15, 2021.
    • 2. “The Gandhi Brand’; Commercialisation, Commodification and Iconism”, Two-Day National Seminar on ‘Gandhian Thought and Philosophy’, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee in association with Ministry of Culture, Government of India, October 22-23, 2019.

    Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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