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[Banerjee’s] exacting nature studies have made him a notable figure in the environmental movement. His three photographs here [Tufts University Art Gallery] are big in scale, in spirit, in impact. They’re magnificent, really. He concentrates on animal life: reindeer, migratory birds, caribou. The most striking image in a show full of striking images may be his photograph of caribou migrating in the snow. Seen from above, they look like ants atop sugar or cotton. This isn’t a bird’s–eye view. It’s a God’s–eye view. From that perspective, humans look no less insect–like. All are God’s creation, though only some have stewardship.
—Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, review of Seeing Glacial Time: Climate Change in the Arctic exhibition, 10 February 2014

The most powerful work in the show is Banerjee’s large–scale color photographs. … An advocate for Arctic conservation and indigenous human rights, Banerjee holds masters degrees in both physics and computer science, which is somewhat ironic given that his work is the most aesthetically interesting. The e–publication that accompanies the exhibition includes extensive notes by the photographer that informatively and thoughtfully address the effects of climate change in the regions he covers.
—Dr. Michelle Lamunière, caa.reviews, College Art Association, review of Seeing Glacial Time exhibition, 22 October 2014

BOOKS  |  ESSAYS  |  EXHIBITIONS  |  LECTURES  |  INTERVIEWS

BOOKS

Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point
Edited by Subhankar Banerjee
Seven Stories Press, New York, hardcover 3 July 2012, updated pbk 22 October 2013

Read my introduction, “From Kolkata to Kaktovik”, in Arctic Voices (READ ONLINE )

In Arctic Voices, long–term issues of global importance—the exploitation of wild places for fossil fuels, and whether we’re determined to ride our energy binge to the grim end—are made immediate and vivid … One of the great strengths of Arctic Voices is that it shows how Alaska and the Arctic are tied to the places where most of us live. … In this impassioned book, Banerjee shows a situation so serious that it has created a movement, where “voices of resistance are gathering, are getting louder and louder.” May his heartfelt efforts magnify them.—Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books

Part of our failure to recognise the dangers at stake is that the Arctic still tends to be perceived as a big barren desert of ice, apolitical and disconnected from our political concerns, up for grabs. The book Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point offers an encyclopedic approach to reframe such understandings.—Manuela Picq, Al Jazeera

The volume’s most outstanding feature is that it shows the Arctic not as a sublime wilderness devoid of human beings, but as a region in which people have been living for a long time, and in which contemporary developments threaten not only nature, but in a great measure also indigenous cultures. … Through making both victimisation and resistance visible, Arctic Voices is itself an important contribution to the struggle for environmental justice in the far North.—Reinhard Hennig, Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment

ESSAYS

Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos
Edited by Joni Adamson and Salma Monani (Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature, June 2016 †)

After Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne’s Listening Session in Fairbanks, Alaska (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, August 2006)

I wrote an essay entitled “Long Environmentalism: After the Listening Session” that will appear as a chapter in the book. The essay grew out of several conference talks I gave on the theme of “long environmentalism”: a keynote lecture at the ‘PostNatural’ conference of the twenty–seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Notre Dame in 2013; and three talks in 2015: the inaugural lecture for a yearlong series, ‘Environmental Humanities’, at the University of Texas–Austin, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Artist lecture at the University of New Mexico–Albuquerque, and a lecture at the ‘Conflict Shorelines: History, Politics, and Climate Change’ conference at Princeton University.

Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology
Edited by Willis Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and John Grim (Routledge, September 2016 †)

I wrote the “Art” chapter that will appear in the “Environmental Humanities” section of the book. Additionally, one of my photographs made in an Even reindeer camp in the Yakutia Province of Siberia in November 2007 is the cover–art of the book.


In the art world—museums and academia—it is generally believed that modern and contemporary art is a secular enterprise in which religion has no place. Using eco–spiritual interpretation on the work of six prominent artists, three modern and three contemporary, this essay asserts that the dichotomy between art and religion as articulated in the modern period is misleading and false. Moreover, the arrival of modernism did not sever the centuries old bond between those two modes of human inquiries, and ecology has been a glue in that bond over the past one hundred years.


Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of race, class and gender
Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research (Routledge, April 2016 †)

Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability: Intersections of race, class and gender
Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research (Routledge, July 2016 †)

Edited by Phoebe Godfrey and Denise Torres


I contributed photographs with long captions for both volumes.


Photography and Research: the idea, the process and the project
by Mike Simmons and Shirley Read (Focal Press: Routledge, 2016)
“Case Study: Subhankar Banerjee”—an interview conducted by Dr. Mike Simmons will appear in the book.

Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
by T.J. Demos (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016)
The book includes a chapter, “Climates of Displacement: From the Maldives to the Arctic,” in which T.J. includes a discussion of my photography and social–environmental activism.

Living in the Anthropocene: Humanity in the Age of Humans
Edited by W. John Kress and Jeffrey Stine (Smithsonian Books, 2017)
I wrote an essay entitled “Why Polar Bear?”

Paradise Burning
by Subhankar Banerjee, with introduction by Tom Engelhard
TomDispatch.com of The Nation Institute, New York, 3 March 2015 †

Smoke from the Paradise Fire, Elwha River Valley, Olympic National Park (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, 2015)

The article was subsequently published in a number of other places: AlterNet | Bill Moyers’ Moyers & Company | Common Dreams |
Countercurrents | Eco Report | Grist | Guernica | Huffington Post | Juan Cole’s Informed Comment | Naked Capitalism | The Nation |
Nation of Change | Pacific Free Press | Progressive Radio Network | Rebelion (translated in Spanish) | Salon | Surviving Capitalism |
Trutdig | Truthout | Unz Review | War in Context | ZNET

In the Warming Arctic Seas
by Subhankar Banerjee
World Policy Journal, published by the World Policy Institute, New York, June 2015


READ THE PRINT VERSION (PDF)     |     READ THE ONLINE VERSION AT THE WPI WEBSITE


When land and sea are going through rapid changes, inhabitants of the area are usually the first to witness it. In 2002, the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, in cooperation with the Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution, pointed out that the indigenous peoples “are already witnessing disturbing and severe climatic and ecological changes,” even though “the majority of the Earth’s citizens have not seen any significant climate changes thus far.” Thirteen years later, a majority of the world’s people are experiencing significant impacts of climate change. In the Arctic, the changes have only accelerated.


To Drill or Not to Drill, That Is the Question
The Obama Administration, Shell, and the Fate of the Arctic Ocean
by Subhankar Banerjee, with introduction by Tom Engelhard
TomDispatch.com of The Nation Institute, New York, 3 March 2015 †

Beluga Whales with calves along the Chukchi Sea coast (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, July 2006)

The article was subsequently published in a number of other places: AlterNet | Asia Times | Bill Moyers’ Moyers & Company |
Common Dreams | Countercurrents | Energy Post | Global Possibilities | Guernica | Huffington Post | Juan Cole’s Informed Comment |
Le Monde diplomatique | The Nation | Nation of Change | The Real News | Resilience | Salon | Trutdig | Truthout | Utne Reader |
War in Context | YubaNet
On March 4, I did a radio interview with Warren Olney, host of To the Point, a nationally syndicated program on the Public Radio International. It’s about 10 minutes long. LISTEN ONLINE

A Companion to American Art
Edited by John Davis, Jennifer A. Greenhill, and Jason D. LaFountain (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 † )
The book includes an essay, “From Nature to Ecology: The Emergence of Ecocritical Art History,” by Alan Braddock, in which he includes a discussion of my work.

Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics
Edited by Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015 †
The book includes an essay, “Documenting Accumulation by Dispossesion,” by Ashley Dawson, in which he includes a discussion of my work.

The Environmental Dance
by Subhankar Banerjee
in Social Text journal Periscope dossier Radical Materialism, March 2015
Edited by Ashley Dawson and Emily Eliza Scott
THE RADICAL MATERIALISM DOSSIER | THE ENVIRONMENTAL DANCE ESSAY | AN EXCHANGE WITH DAVID ABRAM

EXHIBITIONS


Rights of Nature at the Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom. 24 Jan 2015 – 15 Mar 2015. (Photo: Nottingham Contemporary)

[group] Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas
Curators Dr. T. J. Demos and Dr. Alex Farquharson, with Irene Aristizábal
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 23 January – 15 March 2015 †
The Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones selected Rights of Nature as the EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK.
Read T. J. Demos’ essay, “Rights of Nature: The Art and Politics of Earth Jurisprudence” †

[group] Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775–2012
Curator Dr. Barbara C. Matilsky
David Brower Center, Berkeley, California, 11 February–11 May 2016 †
Tour schedule: Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, 2 November 2013–2 March 2014
                       El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, 1 June - 24 August 2014
                       McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ontario, Canada, 11 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
The EXHIBITION CATALOGUE was published by the Whatcom Museum and distributed by the University of Washington Press

LECTURES



Guest Artist Lecture—M.A. Program in Photography
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 3 May 2016

Lecture—Cambridge Climate Histories Interdisciplinary Research Group Seminar
I’ll give a talk entitled “Why should I care about the Arctic?”
Center for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, UK, 18 May 2016 †

Visiting Fellow Lecture—Thursday Lunchtime Talk
I’ll give a talk entitled “Why polar bear?”
Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 9 June 2016

Lecture—Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) Inaugural Symposium
Institute of Environment and Sustainability, University of California–Los Angeles, 20 October 2016

Panel—Earth to Cosmos: How Environmental Humanities and Indigenous Studies Engage a Sense of Expanded Home
2016 American Studies Association Annual Meeting “Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are”
Denver, Colorado, 17-20 November 2016 †

Conflict Shorelines: History, Politics, and Climate Change—Conference
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 12–14 November 2015 †

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 15 October 2015 †

Environmental Humanities: A Public Forum, 2015-2016
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 22 October 2015 †
I gave the inaugural lecture for the yearlong series ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES at the University of Texas–Austin, which was organized by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies and the Department of English.

Environmental Photography and Humanities—A Symposium
Co–hosted by the Valand Academy of the University of Gothenburg and the Hasselblad Foundation
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, 23–24 April 2015 †

Rights of Nature—Conference
Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom, 24 January 2015 †


INTERVIEWS

“Irresponsible & Reckless”: Environmentalists Decry Obama’s Approval for Shell Drilling in Arctic
Subhankar Banerjee in conversation with Amy Goodman and Narmeen Shaikh
Democracy Now!, 14 May 2015 — VIEW ONLINE
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President’s Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won’t Halt Oil Drilling
Subhankar Banerjee and Leah Donahey with Sharmini Peries, 5 and 9 February 2015
The Real News Network     —     VIEW PART I     |     VIEW Part II
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