English Professor Alla Ivanchikova on the ways fiction and film “imagine” Afghanistan in the post-9/11 world.
On the latest episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast, President Joyce P. Jacobsen asks Associate Professor of English Alla Ivanchikova about her scholarship, which ranges from post-9/11 literature to the concept of “technoimmortality.” They also discuss global literary trends, book recommendations and the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice, which Ivanchikova directs.
Ivanchikova’s research and teaching boast considerable breadth, spanning critical theory, psychoanalysis, war literature and science fiction. Her courses are crosslisted with Environmental Studies, International Relations, Women’s Studies and Media & Society. She is the author of Imagining Afghanistan: Global Fiction and Film of the 9/11 Wars, which examines how Afghanistan has been imagined in literary and visual texts produced after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent U.S.-led invasion.
Ivanchikova, who joined the faculty in 2012, holds a B.A. in philosophy from Moscow State University of Lomonozov, an M.A. from Central European University, Budapest, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her articles on the global novel and film have appeared in Textual Practice, Camera Obscura and Modern Fiction Studies, among other journals. Her edited collection, The Future of Lenin, is forthcoming from SUNY Press, and she is currently working on the new book, tentatively titled Technoimmortality: An Unfinished Project, which traces the fantasy of technoimmortality from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to today’s Silicon Valley.
Beginning in 2020, she took over as director of the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice.