ANIRBAN KAPIL BAISHYA is a PhD candidate and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. His research interests include digital media, surveillance and cellphone cultures. His PhD dissertation examines selfies and the rise of digital selfhood in contemporary India. His work has been published in South Asian Popular Culture, and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and International Journal of Communication. He is co-editing a special issue on “South Asian Pornographies: Vernacular Formations of Permissible and the Obscene” for Porn Studies Journal and “Subjected to Play: Power, Participation and Subjectivity in Gaming and Beyond” for Spectator. Before joining USC, he completed his M.Phil in Cinema Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and his dissertation examined the tension between the region and the nation in India’s Assamese language film industry.
Committee: Nitin Govil, Tara McPherson, Priya Jaikumar, Michael Renov, Virginia Kuhn
Dissertation: “Viral Selves: Cellphones, Selfies and the Self-fashioning Subject in Contemporary India”