Manivannan, V. (in press). The successful text is not always the one that murders me to protect you. In A. Knoblauch and M. Moeller (Eds.), Embodied Rhetorics.


Manivannan, V. (2020). “But you look so well!”: (Un)professionalizing chronic pain through academic dress. Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, 3(2).

Manivannan, V. (2019). “Maybe she can be a feminist and still claim her own opinions?”: The story of an accidental counter-troll. In E. Sparby & J. Reyman (Eds.), Digital Ethics: Rhetoric and Responsibility in Online Aggression, Hate Speech, and Harassment.

Manivannan, V. (2017). “A way of life that is not entirely unfortunate”: The peripheral cunning of chronic pain. Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 8(1): 24-39.

Manivannan, V. (2017). What we see when we digitize pain: The risk of valorizing image-based representations of fibromyalgia over body and bodily experienceDigital Health.

Manivannan, V. (2014). Tits or GTFO: The logics of misogyny on 4chan’s Random – /b/. Fibreculture Journal, 22.

Manivannan, V. (2012). Attaining the ninth square: Cybertextuality, gamification, and institutional memory on 4chan. Enculturation 15.

Manivannan, V. (2011). Interplay Amidst the Strangeness and the Charm: Under-language and the Attenuation of Meaning in the Film Adaptation of Watchmen. ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 5(4).


Manivannan, V. (2018). The author draws a blank: Negotiating academia with/in “fibro fog.” Capacious: Affect Inquiry – Making Space. Millersville University, Lancaster, PA. 8-11 August 2018.

Manivannan, V. (2017). I see the world through pain goggles, and you refuse me my visual voice. Graphic Social Science Research Network.

Manivannan, V. (2015). War without witness: Mobile phone testimony in preserving memory and truths. In Media Res.

Manivannan, V. (2015). The author is in pain: Encounters in the world of non-belonging. Affect Theory Conference: Worldings/Tensions/Futures. Millersville University, Lancaster, PA. 15-17 Oct 2015.


Manivannan, V. (2019). Easter in Sri Lanka: Today is loss that isn’t loss. The Paris Review.

Manivannan, V. (2014). ThisIsMyManifesto.htm. The Fanzine.

Manivannan, V. (2014). Numerology. DIAGRAM.

Manivannan, V. (2014). I am always in transition when disaster strikes. R.kv.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal.

Manivannan, V. (2014). The meaning of a machete. CONSEQUENCE Magazine, 6. PDF Proof (cite final version instead).
Nominated for a Pushcart
Awarded “Notable Essay” in Nonfiction in Best American Essays 2015.

Manivannan, V. (2013). White van fear. Black Clock, 16.

Manivannan, V. (2004). Invictus. Denver: Pearl Street Publishing, LLC, 2004.


Manivannan, V. (2019). The pedagogical value of pain in anatomies of writing. Computers & Writing 2019: Mission Critical. Michigan State University, MI. 20-22 Jun 2019.

Luther, J., Shapiro, R., Keegan, B., Manivannan, V., Edwards, D., & Gelms, B. (2018). Post-truth, post-Trump: Reflecting on the future of web literacies. (Roundtable). Computers & Writing 2018: Digital Phronesis – Code/Culture/Play. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. 24-27 May 2018.

Manivannan, V. (2017). “I’ve never heard of that country”: Sri Lankan American writers on shaping an emerging literary identity. Association of Writers &  Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair 2017. Washington, D.C. 9-11 Feb 2017.

Manivannan, V. (2015). Teaching tattoos: A body(mod)-focused approach to the composition classroom. Computers & Writing 2015: Technoliteracy In(ter)ventions. University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI. 28-31 May 2015.

Manivannan, V. (2014). Autonomy in the hivemind: 4chan’s archival economy and archaeology of memory. Computers & Writing 2014: Evolutions, Revolutions, Convolutions. Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 5-8 Jun 2014.

Manivannan, V. (2013). The right to bear cannons: Reevaluating DDoS actions as civic protest. AEJMC 2013. Renaissance Washington, Washington, D.C. 7-11 Aug 2013.

Manivannan, V. (2013). Mobius double reacharound: The convergence of comics, animation, and gaming in Homestuck. Illustration, Comics, and Animation. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. 19-21 Apr 2013.

Manivannan, V. (2012). “We do it for the lulz”: Graffiti as a metaphor for digital defacement. Critical Information Conference. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 2 Dec 2012.

Manivannan, V. & Manivannan, A. (2011). “We are Sri Lankan civilians plz save our life”: Photography and the spectacle of Sri Lanka’s civil war. New Narrative IV: Image and Spectacle. University of Toronto, ON, Canada. 4-6 May 2011.


Manivannan, V. (2014). When ‘trolling’ becomes an umbrella term. The New York Times Room for Debate.

Manivannan, V. (2009). Vowvaal. “Every Comic is Asian American.” Asian-American Comic Convention. The Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY.