Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee
Subhankar Banerjee works closely with Indigenous Gwich’in and Iñupiat community members and environmental organizations to protect significant biological nurseries in Arctic Alaska. Author of "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land" (Mountaineers Books, 2003), and editor of "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point" (Seven Stories Press, 2013), Subhankar is currently completing two books: coeditor (with T.J. Demos and Emily Eliza Scott) of "Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Climate Change" (Routledge, Spring 2021), and coauthor (with Ananda Banerjee) of "Biological Annihilation" (Seven Stories Press, Spring 2022). Subhankar serves as the founding Director of the Species in Peril project at UNM.

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Thursday, July 04, 2013
Independence from Corporate Terror and the Petrostate
“Within a few years we are going to have more people off the surface of this planet more often, and we’ll have to determine value in that new environment.” —Jill Tarter, chairwoman of the SETI Institute, CNN Money , June 27, 2013 Do we write words of mourning? Or, do we write words of resistance?...
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Sunday, June 30, 2013
What Have Snowden and Greenwald Got to Do With Gandhi?
There is a linguistic gobbledegoo going on about what it is that Edward Snowden has committed that was made possible by the “advocacy journalism” of Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian . While many, in the US and around the world, seem to believe that Snowden committed a “heroic act” by blowing a loud whistle on the global spying by the US, the established order keeps insisting—noop, it’s “treason.”
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Edward Snowden Isn't on the Run... We Are
First came the “shock and awe”: the revelations of massive spying by the US and British governments—on the people of the world. Then came the enlightened debate: Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Then arrived the Hollywood-style entertainment: Where is Edward Snowden going?
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Remembering Satyajit Ray’s Hirok Rajar Deshe: On Edward Snowden, Resistance and Inverted Totalitarianism
“[H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the…commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing the upset of man’s moral balance, obscuring his human side under the shadow of soul-less organization.” —Rabindranath Tagore, 1917
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Keep the Arctic Cold
I wrote a letter to the editor as a follow up to the generous review “ In the Beautiful,Threatened North ” by Ian Frazier in The New York Review of Books of the anthology, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point that I edited.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Revisiting An Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell
Last week as Shell was getting ready to poke the first hole in the Chukchi Sea floor in Arctic Alaska to begin exploratory drilling, I was getting ready to give two talks in Alaska—the concluding lecture of the Next North Symposium at the Anchorage Museum on 9/8, and one at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks on 9/11 as part of the Northern Voices Speaker Series hosted by
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Resource Wars Connect Yanomami Massacre and Shell’s Arctic Drilling
Last week was a painful one for me as two pieces of news came across the wires: one about the massacre of an Yanomami settlement in the Amazon, and the other about Obama green lighting Shell’s drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
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Thursday, August 02, 2012
Shell Game in the Arctic
When you go to the mountains, you go to the mountains. When it’s the desert, it’s the desert. When it’s the ocean, though, we generally say that we’re going “to the beach.” Land is our element, not the waters of our world, and that is an unmistakable advantage for any oil company that wants to drill in pristine waters.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Let US Conjoin Arctic and Niger When We Talk About Shell’s Drilling
What do Arctic drilling and drone killing have in common? They are both being decided by Barack Obama without public debate. Also oil is a common ground—drilling will produce it and drones will burn it—to kill people, animals, and habitats. Both issues must be debated publicly.
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Monday, March 05, 2012
Shell Wants To Sail With A Record That Is Totally Stale
I’m an artist. I love art. I create art. I get upset when someone tries to denigrate the very meaning of art. So I was outraged when I learned that on February 21 a group of Greenpeace pranksters installed a 131–feet long banner outside the National Gallery in London with text that reads “It’s No Oil Painting: Save the Arctic,” and backdrop that shows an oil rig and a marred Shell logo. I got nightmares thinking, did they drill into the hallowed walls of the National Gallery with metal tools to install that banner?
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