Antara Chatterjee is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Bhopal, India. She is the inaugural Strauss Fellow at the Center for Medicine, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Cedars-Sinai and a visiting scholar at the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research during June and July 2022. While in residence at the Center, Professor Chatterjee will be working on her project "Disease, Contagion and Trauma in the 1947 Partition of India." Her research examines the experiences of disease, particularly infectious disease, within the histories of mass violence and displacement among the refugees of the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. In particular, she explores how disease added a further layer and dimension to the loss of life and trauma from the partition. As a literary and cultural scholar interested in histories of collective violence, trauma and memory as well as illness and contagion, Chatterjee's interdisciplinary approach to her subject lies at the intersection of the studies of medical humanities, trauma and memory.
Professor Chatterjee earned her PhD in English from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. She earned her BA and MA in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She co-edited and contributed a book chapter to the book Pandemics and Epidemics in Cultural Representation (Springer, 2022), has authored journal articles published in Humanities and South Asian Review and book chapters in the edited volumes The Postcolonial Short Story (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Science Fiction in India: Parallel Worlds and Postcolonial Paradigms (Bloomsbury, 2022).