I am a doctoral student at the Department of Humanities, York University. I have a Masters Degree in French (Translation, Interpretation and French Linguistics) from JNU, India and another in World Literatures and Cultures from the University of Ottawa. The diversity in my academic and cultural upbringing has made me passionate about addressing the question of identity and how it is shaped by cultural expressions in national and transnational contexts.
I am particularly interested in exploring digital identities and my research in Digital Humanities situates itself at the intersection of queer sexuality, postcolonial, cultural identities and activism in South Asian diasporas on digital platforms. My current research centres on the study of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and Twitter discourses surrounding the law that bans homosexuality in India. My primary research interest lies in the understanding of South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil identities and in the contribution to the broader study of South Asian Diasporas on digital media.
Having also previously published on the Maori language, my future research interests also include seeking digital solutions to the prevention of language death and in the promotion and preservation of endangered Dravidian languages of South Asia.
Keywords: Identities; South Asian (Tamil) diasporas; queer sexuality; post-colonialism; Digital Humanities; endangered languages