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Anirban Kapil Baishya is an Assistant Professor at the Communication and Media Studies Department, Fordham University. Prior to this he was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California where he also completed his PhD. His current research studies the impact of the cellphone and the internet on representations of the self and on public culture more generally. The materials he analyzes includes seemingly
trivial media forms such as selfies, memes and GIFs. His work attempts to locate such global objects and technologies in various local contexts and puts them in conversation with broader social and political shifts.
He is currently working on a book project on such topics focusing on the Indian context and the manuscript is tentatively titled Viral Selves: Selfies and Digital Cultures in India. Among other projects, he is currently working on a piece on the relationship between GIFs and cinema.
He is an avid GIF maker and a notorious anime junkie.
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