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Anindita Banerjee

Associate Professor


Anindita Banerjee’s research focuses on technology and culture, energy and the environment, media studies, and migration studies across postsocialist and postcolonial spaces. She is a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and a member of the South Asia Program, the Visual Studies Program, and the Institute of European Studies. 

Banerjee is the author of We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), which won the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies book prize from the University of California and was praised in Science magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Times Higher Education, Comparative Literature Studies, Science Fiction Studies, Slavic Review, and Isis among many academic and public venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is completing a second book titled The Chernobyl Effect.

In addition to publishing a wide range of articles, Banerjee has edited scholarly volumes on Russian science fiction literature and cinema (forthcoming from Academic Studies Press in 2017); speculative biotechnologies and economies of care in South Asia and Latin America (with Debra Castillo, under contract with SUNY Press), and the circulation of science fiction across the global East and South (with Sonja Frtitzsche, under contract with Peter Lang). She has edited special issues of Slavic Review on geopoetics (75.2, Summer 2016) and Slavic and East European Journal on world revolution (61.3, Fall 2017) with Jenifer Presto. Banerjee is a co-editor of the book series Global Studies in Science Fiction at Palgrave Macmillan.

Banerjee is the recipient of an Academic Venture Fund grant and a faculty-in-residence fellowship from the Atkinson Center. Her individual and collaborative research across the humanities and the sciences has received support from the NRC, the Mellon Foundation, and the NEH among other sources.

Research Focus

Science, Technology, and Culture; Energy and the Environment; Media Studies; Migration Studies


Science Fiction, Environment, Borders, Migration, Media


  • Comparative Literature

Graduate Fields

  • Comparative Literature
  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Film and Video Studies



We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity, Wesleyan University Press, 2013

Winner of the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize from the University of California for “an outstanding scholarly monograph that explores the intersections between popular culture, particularly science fiction, and the discourses and cultures of technoscience.”

Reviewed in Science magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Times Higher EducationScience Fiction Studies, Isis, Slavic Review (featured review), Comparative Literature Studies (review essay), History and Literature, Modern Language Review, and numerous other scholarly and public venues in North America, Europe, and Asia

Edited Books

Russian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema: A Critical Reader, forthcoming in 2017 from Academic Studies Press

South of the Future: Speculative Biotechnologies and Care Markets in South Asia and Latin America, co-edited with Debra Castillo, under contract with SUNY Press

Science Fiction Circuits of the East and South, co-edited with Sonja Fritzsche, under contract with Peter Lang

Edited Journal Issues

Special issue of Slavic Review on “Geopoetics,” co-edited with Jenifer Presto, 75.2 (Summer 2016)

Special issue of Slavic and East European Journal on “World Revolution,” co-edited with Jenifer Presto, 61.3 (Fall 2017)

Special issue of Working Papers in Latin American Studies on “Gender, Violence, and Dislocation in South Asia and the Americas,” co-edited with Debra Castillo, Spring 2011

Edited Book Series 

Palgrave MacMillan, Studies in Global Science Fiction

Recent Articles

"Science/Fiction,“ in Lexicon for the Anthropocene, edited by Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian, forthcoming from Punctum

"Russia’s Afrofuturism: T/Racing Revolution between the Moscow Avant-Garde and the Harlem Renaissance,” forthcoming in Slavic and East European Journal, fall 2017

 “From Fallout Fantasy to Bunker Bildungsroman: Nuclear Imagination after Utopia,” Foundation vol. 45.2, no. 124 (Summer 2016): 70-84

“Toward a Russian Geopoetics, or Some Ways of Opening Russia to the World,” co-authored with Jenifer Presto, Slavic Review vol. 75.2 (Summer 2016): 247-255

 “Unbearable Futures: The Science/ Fiction of Care Markets in the Global South,” co-authored with Debra Castillo, Paradoxa, vol. 27 (December 2015): 159-182

“Screening Aviation, Mediating Afghanistan: Aero-Visuality and the Work of Memory in Andrei Kavun’s Kandahar,” in Russian Aviation, Space Flight, and Visual Culture, ed. Helena Goscilo and Vlad Strukov. London: Routledge, 2016, 165-78

Recent Media Appearances “Here's How to Get the Best of Russian Science Fiction,” November 2015, on Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian Science Fiction “Did the First Science Fiction Magazine appear in Russia?” Interview and book excerpt, January 2013

Radio Free Europe, January 2013. Interview, “We Modern People and the Horizons of Futurity”

Voice of Russia, American edition, January 2013. Interview, “Where did Russian Science Fiction Come From?”