Anindita Banerjee

Associate Professor

Overview

Anindita Banerjee’s research focuses on science fiction and technocultural studies, environmental studies, media studies, and migration studies across Russia, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Latin and African Americas. She was the first chair of the humanities concentration in the Environment and Sustainability Program, a new undergraduate major that spans the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is a steering committee member of the South Asia Program, and a participating member of Biology and Society, Media Studies, Visual Studies, and European Studies. A recent snapshot of her teaching, research, and interdisciplinary collaborations can be found at Nabokov, Naturally, an Arts Unplugged event held on March 15, 2024.

In 2023-25, Banerjee is an Ivy+Mellon Leadership Fellow and a co-chair of the task force for the Global Grand Challenge theme "The Future." 

Banerjee has authored and edited a number of books and special issues of flagship journals in the fields of Comparative Literature, Science Fiction Studies, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Border and Migration Studies. Her first book, 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: South of the Future:  Marketing Care and Speculating Life in South Asia and the Americas (2020); Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (2018); and Russian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema: A Critical Reader (2018). She has edited special issues on "Socialist Anti-Racisms: Connected Histories and Contested Legacies" in Comparative Literature Journal (2023); "Border Environments" (2021) in Latin American Literary Review; "Thinking through the Pandemic" (2020) in Science Fiction Studies; "Working Towards Equity" in the Slavic and East European Journal (2020); "Geopoetics" (2016) in Slavic Review; and "World Revolution" (2017) in Slavic and East European Journal

Banerjee is a founding co-editor of the book series Studies in Global Science Fiction at Palgrave Macmillan, a former co-editor of the journal Science Fiction Film and Television at Liverpool University Press, and an editorial consultant for the following journals and book series: Science Fiction Studies, HiLoBooks at MIT Press, and SFF Canon at Palgrave. 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

Publications

BOOKS

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.”

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: Marketing Care and Speculating Life in South Asia and the Americas, co-edited with Debra Castillo. SUNY Press, 2020

SPECIAL ISSUES

Comparative Literature Journal, "Socialist Anti-Racisms: connected Histories and Contested Legacies," co-edited with Gabriella Safran, 75.2 (2023)

Latin American Literary Review, "Border Environments," 48.96 (Summer 2021)

Science Fiction Studies, "Thinking through the Pandemic," co-edited with Sherryl Vint, 47.3 (November 2020)

Slavic and East European Journal, "Working Towards Equity in Slavic Studies," co-edited with Gabriella Safran, 64.4 (Winter 2020)

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

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

Working Papers in Latin American Studies, “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

Former co-editor, Science Fiction Film and Television (SFFTV), Liverpool University Press

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