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Anindita Banerjee

Associate Professor

Klarman Hall, Room 216
ab425@cornell.edu
607-220-3421

Overview

Anindita Banerjee’s research focuses on science fiction and technocultural studies, environmental humanities, media studies, and migration studies across Russia, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Latin America. She serves on the faculty advisory board of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and as the chair of the environmental humanities concentration in the Environment and Sustainability Program. Banerjee is a participating member of the South Asia Program, the Visual Studies Program, and the Institute of European Studies.

Banerjee's first monograph, We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), 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 an editor of three other books, Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (Oxford Peter Lang, 2018); Russian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema: A Critical Reader (Academic Studies Press, 2018); and South of the Future: Speculative Biotechnologies and Care Markets in South Asia and Latin America (under advance contract at SUNY Press). She has also curated special issues of two flagship journals, "Geopoetics" in Slavic Review (75.2, Summer 2016) and "World Revolution" in Slavic and East European Journal (61.3, Fall 2017). 

Banerjee is a founding co-editor of the book series Studies in Global Science Fiction at Palgrave Macmillan, and an editor of the journal Science Fiction Film and Television at Liverpool University Press. She is completing a second single-authored book titled The Chernobyl Effect.

Research Focus

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

Keywords

Science Fiction, Environment, Borders, Migration, Media

Departments/Programs

  • Comparative Literature

Graduate Fields

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

Publications

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, among numerous academic and public venues, 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

Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East, co-edited with Sonja Fritzsche, Oxford Peter Lang, 2018

Russian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema: A Critical Reader, Academic Studies Press, 2018

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

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 

Founding co-editor, Studies in Global Science Fiction at Palgrave MacMillan

Edited Journal

Co-editor, Science Fiction Film and Television, Liverpool University Press

Selected Recent Articles

"Fiction,“ in Lexicon for the Anthropocene, edited by Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian, Punctum: 2018

“Atoms, Aliens, and Compound Crises: Central Asia’s Nuclear Fantastic,” Science Fiction Studies special issue on “The Climate Crisis," 45.3 (November 2018): 454-68 

“A Possible Strangeness: Reading Russian Science Fiction on the Page and the Screen,” introduction to Russian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema: A Critical Reader, Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2018, vii-xix

“Russia’s Afrofuturism: T/Racing Revolution between the Avant-Garde and the Harlem Renaissance,” Slavic and East European Journal 61.3 (Fall 2017), 467-488

The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, exhibition catalog of MoMA Warsaw, co-authored with Rachel Haywood Ferreira, 2017 

“Screening Aviation, Mediating Memory: Andrei Kavun’s Kandahar,” in Russian Aviation, Space Flight, and Visual Culture, edited by Helena Goscilo and Vlad Strukov, London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 250-269

“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

Recent Media Appearances

BBC Culture, "What Our Science Fiction Says about Us," http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181203-what-our-science-fiction-says-about-us

New Books Network, "Russian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema," https://newbooksnetwork.com/anindita-banerjee-russian-science-fiction-literature-and-cinema-a-critical-reader-academic-studies-press-2018/