Rahul Mukherjee completed his doctoral studies in Film and Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, with graduate emphases in ‘Technology and Society’ and ‘Global Studies’. His academic preoccupations often meander into imaginings about media’s role with(in) alternative futures for/of politics and technology. He has been a fellow at the Center for the Humanities, Utrecht University and a pre-doctoral fellow of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB. Drawing on the conceptual lenses of cultural studies, media theory, and science studies, he has written on database management systems, advertising cultures of mobile telephony, Bollywood thrillers, chronic toxicity related to chemical disasters (Bhopal), development discourses, and translocal documentaries.
He has been part of two collaborative projects related to mobile media practices: one concerned with the circulation of locally produced music videos through memory (microSD) cards in parts of India and the other exploring ICT usage (platform jumping tactics) in Zambia. Selected peer-reviewed journals where Rahul’s work has appeared include New Media & Society, Science, Technology & Human Values, BioScope, Television and New Media, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (with Lisa Parks), Media, Culture & Society, Studies in South Asian Film & Media, AsiaScape: Digital Asia (with Abhigyan Singh, forthcoming). Rahul received the Nicholas C. Mullins award from the Society for Social Studies of Science in 2014. He is working towards theorizing the materiality of environmental publics by studying mediations of debates/controversies related to media infrastructures and nuclear energy.
At Penn and UCSB, Rahul has taught undergraduate and graduate classes on televisual representations and distributions, environmental media, digital media technologies, public cultures, Indian Cinema, documentary history and theory, and social networks. At Penn, he has been associated with the Latitudes reading group, the Mellon Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design, Social Justice/Global South film and art series, Penn Humanities Forum on the theme of Translation, and the Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities Initiatives.