Aniruddha (Ani) Maitra

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Aniruddha (Ani) Maitra

Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity; Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Department/Office Information

Film and Media Studies
204 Lathrop Hall

PhD, Brown University, 2013; MA, Jadavpur University, 2005; BA, Jadavpur University, 2003

  • Associate Professor of Global Film and Media, Colgate University, 2020-Present
  • Assistant Professor of Global Film and Media, Colgate University, 2014-2020
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of World Cinema, Hampshire College, 2012-2013
  • Five College Pre-doctoral Fellow, Hampshire College, 2011-2012

Global film and media; queer theory and visual cultures; psychoanalysis and cultural critique; 

Gender and sexuality studies; aesthetics and politics; theories of reading and spectatorship

  • Senior Seminar in Film and Media Studies
  • History and Theory of Cinema
  • Global Media: Flows and Counter-flows 
  • LGBTQ Cinema in a Transnational Frame 
  • Sexuality and Visibility 
  • Global Cinema 
  • The Documentary Impulse 
  • Intro to Film and Media Studies
  • Language, Power, and Difference: Approaches to Semiotics (Hampshire)
  • Introduction to World Cinema (Hampshire)
  • Real and Fictive Identities: Ethnicity in Migrant Literature and Cinema (Hampshire)
  • Sexuality and Capitalism (Hampshire)


Identity, Mediation, and the Cunning of Capital (Northwestern University Press, 2020)

Podcast interview on the monograph with Ideas on Fire available here .

Podcast interview on the monograph with the New Books Network available here.

Articles/ Book Chapters

"What Does It Mean to 'Sound Gay'?: The Accented (Voice) as Surplus Jouissance" in Thinking with an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice, ed. Pooja Rangan, Akshya Saxena, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, and Pavitra Sundar (Oakland: University of California Press, 2023), 266-280.

"Of Mimicry and Identity: A Brief Genealogy," Effects 3 (2022): 98-112. 

 "Aberrant Narcissisms in Dolto, Lacan, and Fanon: Notes on a Wounded Imaginary," differences 28, no. 3 (2017): 93-135.

“What’s ‘in’?: Disaggregating Asia through New Media Actants,” co-authored with Rey Chow, in Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia (New York and London: Routledge, 2016), 17-27.

“Touching Hearts: The Uncertain but Strategic Politics of the Fifth Mumbai International Queer Film Festival,”Film Quarterly 69, no. 2 (2015): 60-65. 

“In the Shadow of the Homoglobal: Queer Cosmopolitanism in Tsai Ming-liang’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone,” Jindal Global Law Review 4, no. 2 (2013): 239-267. 
Reprint in New Intimacies/ Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times, ed. Oishik Sircar and Dipika Jain (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2017), 317-350. 

“Confessions of the (Ethnic) Narcissist: Intermedia in Diaspora,” South Asian Popular Culture 8 (2010): 143-162.
Reprint in InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen, ed. Rajinder Dudrah, Amit Rai, and Anustup Basu (London and New York: Routledge, 2012), 38-57.

“Hearing Queerly: Musings on the Ethics of Disco/sexuality,” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 25 (2011): 375-396.

“Why isn’t Michelle Lopez on Judge Judy?: Citizenship and Televisuality in Hima B.’s And I Do Survive,”Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 25 (2010): 183-195.

“The Flight of the Eunuch: Mapping Homotextualities in South Asian Diaspora Literature,” Anxieties, Influences and After: Critical Responses to Postcolonialism and Neocolonialism, ed. Kaustav Bakshi and Samrat Sengupta (New Delhi: Worldview Publications, 2008), 91-113.

Online Articles

"Are We Also Ready to Confront the Wages of Complicity?" New Politics, June 16, 2020

"COVID-19 and the neoliberal state of exception," Al Jazeera, March 29, 2020.

"CNN in North Korea: Liberal Democracy and Ethnonationalism," Counterpunch, December 1, 2017. 

“Teaching Devdas and Mirch Masala: Indian Cinemas in the Global Cinema Classroom,” The Cine-Files 9 (2015).

Other Publications 

"Documenting and Inhabiting Flux: A Conversation with Filmmaker Priya Sen," interview co-authored with Pooja Rangan and Aparna Sharma, World Records 99 (2019): 10-23.

Review of Glen M. Mimura, Ghostlife of Third Cinema: Asian American Film and Video (Minneapolis and London: U of Minnesota P, 2009) in MELUS: The Society for Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 36 (2011): 183-187.

  • Colgate Arts Council Discretionary Grant (Fall 2019) 
  • Research Council Major Grant (Summer 2017) 
  • Kallgren Teaching-Related Grant (Summer 2016) 
  • Colgate Arts Council Discretionary Grant (Spring 2015) 
  • Colgate Research Council Discretionary Grant (Fall 2014)
  • Colgate Arts Council Discretionary Grant (Fall 2014)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, 2013-2014 (Declined)
  • Five College Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Hampshire College, 2012-2013
  • Dissertation Completion Award, Brown University Graduate School, 2012
  • Brown-Wheaton Dissertation and Teaching Fellowship, Wheaton College and Brown University, 2012-2013 (Declined)
  • Cogut Graduate Fellowship, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University, 2011-2012
  • International Conference Travel Award, Office of International Affairs, Brown University, 2011
  • Cornell School of Criticism and Theory Fellowship, Cogut Center for the Humanities, 2010
  • Pembroke Graduate Fellowship, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, 2009-2010
  • Brown University Graduate Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Graduate Scholarship, Paul Foundation, India, 2007
  • CNN International Professional Program Fellowship, Atlanta, 2006