Anunaya Rajhans has been teaching Critical Writing at the YIF since 2017. He has a background in English Literature but both his research and teaching are primarily concerned with Internet culture and humour, primarily memes and memetic communities. His course surveys the online as the primary space where culture happens and he believes that this participatory nature of the web is also imperative to sustaining a critical writing classroom community. Over the years, he has realised that the classroom and the internet are the only places where he truly belongs.
Additionally, he teaches writing at the Plaksha Tech Leaders Fellowship, works as a non-fiction editor and contributor for Pendora, a lit-pop magazine, and has designed writing workshops for school and college students at various institutions such as IIMC, ISPP, Flame University and Ashoka Young Scholars Programme. Over the past two years, he has supervised a project for UNESCO and Bournemouth University, which is designed to study how rape is reported in Indian news media.
Apart from memes, he consumes an unhealthy amount of stand-up comedy and is bitterly disappointed when people don’t laugh at his terrible jokes. He has been a quizzer for as long as he can remember and follows pop-culture and sports like a zealot.