Rahul Mukherjee

Dick Wolf Chair Assistant Professor of New Media
Department of English
University of Pennsylvania



"It makes me sad, that there is no life without
spectacles, that there cannot be, one has to
choose spectacles, between spectacles and
spectacles, how one is to see and sometimes
it is forced upon one"

Rosalind Belben, Choosing Spectacles

Webpage at University of Pennsylvania


Dissertation: Competing Knowledges, Uncertain Futures: A Study of Mediated Technoscience Publics in India

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, 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 in parts of India and the other exploring ICT usage in Zambia. Rahul’s work has appeared in New Media & SocietyBioScopeStudies in South Asian Film & MediaSarai Reader and Media Fields Journal. He has been co-ordinating editor of the Media Fields Journal, and along with Ryan Bowles, has co-edited an issue of the journal on documentary and space.