Penn Cinema Studies' Rahul Mukherjee Explores Ruination

 Rahul Mukherjee, Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies, recently published an article in the Journal of Visual Culture. In Anticipating Ruinations: Ecologies of ‘Make Do’ and ‘Left With,’ Mukherjee examined how decimated spaces, such as nuclear fallout zones, apartments slated for demolition, and e-waste relate to the “explicitly political process” of ruination. His research was conducted while a Penn Humanities Forum Faculty Fellow in 2016-17. In Fall 2017, Mukherjee organized Documenting Nuclear Afterlives as part of the Wolf Humanities Center’s Forum on Afterlives. The event brought together three documentary filmmakers for screenings and discussion about communities around the world living in proximity to nuclear reactors and radiation.