Research

Aishwarya is interested in interdisciplinary research exploring the intersections of texts (books, comics, zines), gender, popular culture, and mythology.

She has a Masters in English (Public Texts) from Trent University and has presented her research at conferences in India, Canada, and the US. Her research is personal and experiential, and attempts to blur the boundaries between artistic and research production. For instance, her zine ang(st) emerged from her creative research project on feminist zines.

Find her undergraduate research papers here.

Feminist Zines

Whose Zine is it Anyway: Subjectivity and Representation in Feminist Zines – Defining feminist zines and analyzing their claim of inclusivity and representation in paper and online formats.

2019: Paper presentations at the Trent University Colloquium and at Future Communications Conference at York University, Canada

2020: Featured by Trent University

Comics and Graphic Novels

Real and Imagined Borders: The US-Canada Relationship in Border Studies – A study of ‘Canadianness’ and the US-Canada relationship in the comic series We Stand on Guard.

2019: Paper presentation at the Robarts Graduate Conference, Canada

Myths, Media and Culture: A Study of Contemporary Mythological Narratives in Post-Colonial India – A chronological and thematic study of mythological adaptations in comic books, graphic novels, and animated films and series in India since 1947 to 2015. Based on her undergraduate research report at FLAME University, India.

2019: Paper presentation at Popular Culture Association’s national conference in Washington DC, USA

Books

Finding the Postfeminist Gothic in Contemporary Canadian Commercial Fiction – Defining ‘postfeminist gothic’ and studying how it is used to heighten the ‘thrill’ in contemporary thriller fiction.

2019: Graduate research paper at Trent University, Canada