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Rahul Mukherjee

Rahul Mukherjee

Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies; Assistant Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae
Fisher-Bennett Hall 243

Office Hours

MW: 11am-12pm

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. During 2017-18, Rahul was at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities as the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow . 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 leading to publications in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (with Lisa Parks) and AsiaScape: Digital Asia (with Abhigyan Singh). Other than peer-reviewed articles (listed below), his work can be found in Film Quarterly, Media Fields journal, Sarai, and Sustainable Media and Asian Video Cultures collections. He has been coordinating editor of the Media Fields journal and co-edited (with Ryan Bowles) a special issue on Documentary and Space for the journal. Rahul received the Nicholas C. Mullins award from the Society for Social Studies of Science in 2014. He is working on a book manuscript titled "Radiant Infrastructures: Media, Environment, and Cultures of Uncertainty" (under contract with Duke University Press) involving mediations of debates/controversies related to radiation emitting technologies such as cell antennas and nuclear reactors. His second book project "(Un)Limited Mobilities: Memory Card, WhatsApp, and Jio," examines aspirational mobilities unleashed by mobile media technologies. 

At Penn, Cornell, 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. Rahul is affiliated with the Journal of Visual Culture. 






Courses Taught

spring 2019

ENGL 295.401 Mobile Phone Cultures  
ENGL 378.401 Global TV  

fall 2018

ENGL 078.401 Television and New Media  
ENGL 590.401 Global Media Theory  

spring 2017

ENGL 078.401 Television and New Media  
ENGL 292.401 Documentary Cinema  

fall 2016

ENGL 078.401 Television & New Media  
ENGL 505.401 Environmental Media  

spring 2016

ENGL 392.401 Environmental Media  
ENGL 505.401 Publics  

fall 2015

ENGL 292.402 Bollywood and Beyond  

spring 2015

fall 2014