- Awards & Grants
Hi! I am Bodhi.
I am Associate Professor in Global Culture Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.
I am Principal Investigator (PI) of the European Research Council (ERC) project "CoFutures: Pathways to Possible Presents"
I am Principal Investigator (PI) of the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) project "Science Fictionality"
I run the Holodeck, a state of the art Games Research Lab at IKOS, UiO
I am affiliated with the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) project Lifetimes
I am Fellow of the Imaginary College at Centre for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University.
I am founding book series editor for Routledge Studies in Global Genre Fiction.
I also serve as Editor-in-Chief for Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. To contact me, email bodhi (at) the name of this website (dot) com
Associate Professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo 2020-
Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 2018-19
Researcher, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo (May '18 –) 2018-19
SAMKUL Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo (May '15 – Apr '18) 2015-18
Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Informatics and Evoke Lab, University of California, Irvine (Nov '15 – Jun '16) 2015-16
Assistant Professor in English, Ramjas College, University of Delhi (Jan '14 – Apr '15) 2014-15
Kultrans fellow and ILOS gjennomføringsstipendiat, University of Oslo (Jan '13 – Jan '14) 2013-14
Kultrans Doctoral Fellow, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS), University of Oslo (Jan '10 – Jan '13) 2010-13
Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (July '08 – Oct '09) 2008-09
Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Delhi (Nov '07 – Jul '08) 2007-08
Guest Lecturer, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi (Aug '07– Oct '07) 2007
Series editor (with Taryne Taylor). Studies in Global Genre Fiction (Routledge) 2018-
Editor-in-Chief, Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction & Fantasy Research (FINFAR) (Jan '17 – ) 2017-
Editor, Journal of Science Fiction (Museum of Science Fiction, Washington DC) (Nov '16 - ) 2016-
List Editor, Popular Culture Association network 2014-17
Curator and Cataloguer, Tron Øgrim Science Fiction and Fantasy Collections, Litteraturhuset (House of Literature), Oslo (Mar '11 – May '11) 2011
PhD Literature Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo (valedictory) 2013
MPhil English University of Delhi (1st with Distinction) 2009
MA English University of Delhi (1st position North Campus) 2007
BA (H) English Ramjas College, University of Delhi (1st position) 2005
World Fantasy Award 2020
European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for project CoFutures: Pathways to Possible Presents 2019
Norwegian Research Council (NFR) FRIPRO Young Research Talent Grant for project Science Fictionality 2019
Johannes H. Berg Memorial Prize for SF Fandom & Community Work in Norway 2019
Foundation Essay Prize for article “Speculative Utopianism in Kalpavigyan: Mythologerm and Women’s Science Fiction.” (January 2017) Link 2017
“Pathways to Possible Worlds: SF and Sustainability” organizing grants by Evoke Lab, Calit2, Newkirk Centre for Science and Society (UC Irvine) and Research Council of Norway (April 2016) 2016
Jamie Bishop Award Honorable Mention for Best Article, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA). (March 2016) 2016
Overseas Research Grant awarded by The Research Council of Norway (Nov '15) 2015
SAMKUL Postdoctoral Fellowship in “Synchronising the World: Globalisation and Multiple Times”, IKOS, University of Oslo (May 2015-) 2015
Article “Recentering Science Fiction and the Fantastic” winner of the Readers’ Poll for Strange Horizons best article in 2013 (Jan '14) 2014
ILOS gjennomføringsstipend for teaching and research (Jan '13 – Jan '14) 2013
Faculty of Humanities, UiO grant for archival research (Jun '11 - Jan '12) 2011
Kultrans doctoral fellowship, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo (Jan '10 – Jan '13) 2010
University Teaching Assistantship, Department of English, University of Delhi (Nov '07 – Jul '09; left July 2008) 2007
Article "Ant Network Theory", cowritten with Geoffrey C. Bowker, is in NatureCulture 5, July 2019, available here
Indian Genre Fiction: Pasts and Future Histories (Routledge, 2019) is available now
Article "The Urban in Posthuman Science Fiction" in Defining the Urban ed. Deljana Iossifova et al (Routledge, 2018) is out now
- Ongoing Research Projects
- Books and Monographs
- Key Papers
- Invited Lectures and panels
- Select Presentations
- Events Organized
2020- CoFUTURES: Pathways to Possible Presents. European Research Council Starting Grant (852190). Principal Investigator/Project Leader.Link
2020- Science Fictionality. Norwegian Research Council Fripro-YRT. Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
2018- Lifetimes. Norwegian Research Council FRIPRO-Toppforsk. Co-Investigator [leader of WP6 & 7]
2019 Indian Genre Fiction: Pasts and Future Histories. Lead Editor. Routledge. Link
2018 Alle grenser er midlertidige. Science Fiction Anthology. Editor. Transnational Arts Production, Oslo.
2015 Theoryisms. Editor. Worldview Publications. 370p.
2013 Bangla Kalpavigyan: Science Fiction in a Transcultural Context. PhD Monograph. University of Oslo. 253p.
2019 "Ant Network Theory". with Geoffrey C. Bowker. NatureCulture 5. 26-49.
2018 “Kalpavigyan and Imperial Technoscience: Three Nodes of an Argument.” Journal of Fantastic in the Arts 28(1). 102-122.
2018 “The Urban in Posthumanist SF.” Defining The Urban: Perspectives Across The Academic Disciplines And Professional Fields. Eds. D. Iossifova, C. Doll, and A. Gasparatos. Routledge.
2017 "Is Science Fiction still Science Fiction when it is Written on Saturn? (or aliens, alienation, and science fiction)" Momentum 9: Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art. Invited Lecture for Curatorial Tour. Lecture Transcript. Link
2017 “Speculative Utopianism in Kalpavigyan: Mythologerm and Women’s Science Fiction.” Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction No.127, Spring/Summer 2017.
2016 “SF is the Genre of the City: An Interview with Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay.” Interviewed by Gautam Bhatia and Eli Lee. Strange Horizons, Special Issue “Science Fiction and Architecture.” June 2016
2016 “On The Mythologerm: Kalpavigyan and the Question of Imperial Science.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, 2016, pp. 435–458. Link
2016 “SF Transformed? Themes and Possibilities in Bangla Kalpavigyan.” (originally in Bangla). IAFA Jamie Bishop Award Honorable Mention for best article, 2016.
2014 “Science Fictionality.” Architecture & Planning in Times of Scarcity: Reclaiming the Possibility of Making . Ed. Deljana Iossifova. Manchester: Softgrid, 2014. 206-212.
2014 “Aliens of the Same World.” Shrapnel Minima: The Best of Humanities Underground. Ed. Prasanta Chakravarty. Seagull/Chicago University Press, 2014. Link
2013 “Bengal.” Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Third edition. Eds. John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight. 2013. Link
2013 “Recentering Science Fiction and Fantasy: What would a non-anglocentric understanding of science fiction and fantasy look like?” Strange Horizons, September 2013. Link
2012 "Degeneration: The Lens of Dystopia in Early Science Fiction". From Francis Bacon to William Goldinged. Ligia Tomoiagă et al. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 109-117.
2011 "Retrospektiv Fremtidighet: Degenerasjon i Fiksjoner om Fremtiden". ARR:Idéhistorisk tidsskrift, No.4/December 2011 (Oversatt Av Anne Helness)
2019 “The Common People’s Life in the Near Future.” Conversation with Xia Jia. Barents Spektakkel 2019. (Kirkenes, 14 February 2019)
2019 “CoFutures Comment #3” The Twilight Symposium: Science Fiction Inside Colonialism. e-flux and La Colonie Paris. (Paris 2 February 2019)
2019 “CoFutures Comment #2”. Center for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Oslo, 4 January 2019)
2018 “Frankenstein’s Descendants.” Jadavpur University. (Kolkata, 22 November 2018)
2018 “200 Years of a Genre.” National Library of Norway. (Oslo, 16 November 2018)
2018 “Atemporal Futures in Early Bangla Kalpavigyan.” Future Histories MESA workshop. Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. (Istanbul, 25-26 September 2018)
2018 “Syncing Futures” InSync. Center for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Oslo, 28 August 2018)
2018 “Quantum Fiction and New Forms of Time”. Edinburgh College of Art. (Edinburgh, 7th June 2018)
2018 “Heresies: Science Fictionality and Making of Futures.” Podium. (Oslo, 3 February 2018).
2017 "Is Science Fiction still Science Fiction When It is Written on Saturn." Momentum 9 Norway Contemporary Art Biennale 2017 (Oslo, 21 March 2017)
2017 “Robots and Rights: Automatons, Artificial Intelligences: Where are we headed?” Panel with Pål Taule Brentebråten and Geir Aaslid (moderator). Science Fiction Festival: R.U.R.(Oslo, 28 January 2017)
2017 “Science fiction and the social imagination.” Readings with Susanne Winterling. Nodes on fish, stars and the social. Organized by Helle Siljeholm, Blackbox theatre (Oslo, 20 January 2017)
2016 “On Cli-fi.” Geological Times network. (Oslo, 6 December 2016)
2016 “The Missing One.” Panel with Nada Raza, Iftikar Dadi, and Nida Ghouse (moderator). Office for Contemporary Art. Exhibition “The Missing One: Science Fiction From South Asia” art exhibition. (Oslo, 26 October 2016)
2016 “Transhumanism” Panel with Øystein Stene, Hallvard Haug and Julia Wiedlocha (moderator). Blå Science Fiction Festival (Oslo, 25 October 2016)
2016 “Genre-making.” English Literary Society, St. Stephens College, University of Delhi (Delhi, 19 September 2016)
2016 “Genres of the Possible.” Panel with Sherryl Vint and Jonathan Alexander. Pathways to Possible Worlds: Science Fiction and Sustainability Conference, UC Irvine. (Irvine, 27 May 2017)
2016 “The Outcast City.” Department of Film and Media Studies, UC Irvine (Irvine, 28 April 2016)
2016 “Redefining Kalpavigyan: Women and Indian English Science Fiction.” Department of History, UC Irvine (Irvine 4 February 2016)
2015 “Typologies of the Future.” Johannes H. Berg Minnefond event. (Oslo, 10 October 2015)
2015 “Science Fiction, Architecture Fiction, and the Future City: An Introduction.” School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) (New Delhi, 27 March 2015)
2014 [Keynote] "Genre and the popular." Keynote for "Peeping into the Popular," Ekphrasis '14, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi (New Delhi, 3rd March 2014)
2013 "How does science fiction speak?" Forum for vitenskapsteori (Science Studies Colloquium Series), University of Oslo. (Oslo, 27 November 2013)
2013 "Ghettos of the Other" Faglig-pedagogisk dag (Scientific Education Day), University of Oslo. (Oslo, 31 October 2013)
2013 "Splitting the Difference: A Discussion about Indian Speculative Fiction." Roundtable hosted by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh. Strange Horizons, September 2013 #4, special issue "Indian SF".
2013 (with Moumita Sen, University of Oslo) "Train-tracks and truth-seekers." Exhibition, Filmviewing and discussion. Talk hosted by artist Goutam Ghosh. Fotogalleriet (Oslo, 3 September 2013)
2013 "Recentering Science Fiction and Fantasy: What would a non-Anglocentric understanding of Science Fiction and Fantasy look like?" University of Oslo. (Oslo, 6 June 2013)
2013 "Narrativising Inequality." University of Manchester. (14 March 2013)
2012 "Science Fiction." Café Scientifique. (Oslo, 25 July 2012)
2012 "Science Fictionality and the city." Times of Scarcity: Reclaiming the Possibility of Making. Third European Urban Summer School. University of Westminster. (London, UK, 21 - 30 September 2012)
2012 (with Paul Craddock, London Consortium Fellow) "From Medical Science to Posthumanism". Ars et Medicina Symposium. The Norwegian Institute in Rome. (Rome, 7 May 2012)
2012 "Imagine the Impossible: Conceptualising Alternative Urban Futures." Department of Architecture and Urban Design (School of Engineering), University of Nottingham. (Nottingham, 16 March 2012)
2011 "Origin, Tradition and Influence: Science Fiction in a Trans-cultural context." School of English, University of Liverpool (Liverpool, December 2011)
2011 "Cyborgs, Savages and Songs: Some Statements on Soullessness" NORCON 25 (Oslo, 2 April 2011)
2011 "The Programming of Influence." Rethinking Contemporary Japan: Literary and Popular Cultural Perspectives. Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. (Oslo, 18 March 2011)
2010 "Introducing Bangla Science Fiction", Aniara (Oslo, 21 April 2010)
2019 "Retrofuturism in the Ruins of History." InSync International Colloquium. CAS. (Oslo, 27 May 2019)
2017 “Epic Heroes on a Postcolonial Planet.” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts 38. (Florida, March 25, 2017)
2014 (With Ulysses Sengupta, MSA) "Convergent City: Extrapolating a Digitised Urban Future", Urban Futures-Squaring Circles: Europe, China and the World in 2050, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. (Lisbon, Portugal, 10-11 Oct 2014)
2014 (With Ulysses Sengupta, MSA) “Future Urbanisms: Technology, Science Fiction and Extrapolated Cities.” XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. (Yokohama, 19 July 2014)
2013 "Transhuman Romance." Romantically Inclined: Romance in Literature, Film and Popular Culture. St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. (Delhi, 15-17 February 2013)
2011 "Things to Come". Conceptualizing the World international conference, KULTRANS, University of Oslo. (Oslo, 13-16 September 2011)
2011 "The Future City: Dystopian Visions in Early SF". Performaticity: Urban Performances and the Performative City. Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture. (Lisbon, 27 June - 3 July 2011)
2010 "Scientificity and Science Fiction: The Language of Programming". The Heritage of Structuralism. Centre de Coopération Franco-Norvégienne en Sciences Sociales et Humaines. (Paris, 8-10 November 2010)
2010 "Aliens of the Same World: The Case of Bangla Science Fiction". Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners 2nd Global Conference. Inter-Disciplinary.net. (Oxford, 20-22 September 2010)
2009 “Skulls in a Time Machine: Modernism Un-Modernised.” International seminar: Non-Metropolitan Modernisms, Department of English, University of Delhi, March 2009
2007 "On Gaming: Education, Story and the Real", Seminar on Video Games, Department of English, University of Delhi, December 2007
2019 Workshop: Future Histories of Middle East and South Asia / Book Workshop / Center for Advanced Study in Oslo, Norway. (Oslo, May 2019)
2018 Workshop: Future Histories of Middle East and South Asia / Journal Special Issue / Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul / Turkey. (Istanbul, September 2018)
2017 NORCON28: Norwegian Convention for Science Fiction and Fantasy. (Oslo, 24-26th November 2017).
2017 “Synchronizing the World: Historic Times, Globalized Times, Anthropogenic Times.” University of Oslo and Litteraturhuset. (June 12-June 14, Oslo).
2016 “Pathways to Possible Worlds: Science Fiction and Sustainability” University of California-Irvine, with writers events and an associated academic seminar. (Irvine, 27 May 2016.)
2014 “Narratology” Workshop. Ramjas College, University of Delhi (5 March 2014)
2011 "World-building: The Logic of Science, Fiction and Fantasy." University of Oslo and Litteraturhuset, with writers events and an associated academic seminar. (Oslo, June 2011).
2010 "Science Fiction: Make your own future!" Oslo Forskningstorget/Oslo Research Fair (Oslo, 24-25 September 2010)