Professor Firdous Azim
Firdous Azim is a Professor of English and is chair of the Department of English and Humanities at BRAC University. She is also a member of Naripokkho, a woman’s activist group in Bangladesh. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Sussex, UK in 1989 and was awarded a fellowship by the University as one of its fifty most distinguished alumni and academics in 2012.
Firdous Azim has published widely both in the field of post-colonialism and literature, as well as on feminist issues. Her books include The Colonial Rise of the Novel (Routledge, 1993) and Infinite Variety: Women in Society and Literature (University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1996). She is a contributing editor for Feminist Review, for which she has edited a special issue entitled South Asian Feminisms: Negotiating New Terrains. (March 2009). She has edited a book entitled Complex Terrains: Islam, Culture and Women in Asia (Routledge, March 2013) and co-edited several books including Infinite Variety: Women in Society and Literature (UPL, 1994) and Other Englishes: Essays on Commonwealth Writing (UPL, 1991).
She is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies as well as a member of the Board of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society.
Her current work is based on research and writing around the cultural history of women in Bangladesh.
Dr. Azim taught two courses entitled Feminist Theories and a senior course entitled Post-colonial feminisms at Umea Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) at the University of Umea, Sweden from the 2nd of September to the 23rd of September 2015.
Azim, Firdous. Speaking the Unspeakable or Limits of Representability” .IIC Quarterly41.3 &4.
Azim, Firdous. “Women are still the second sex”. Commonwealth Writers. Commonwealth Foundation. 18 Mar. 2015.Web < http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/women- are-still-the-second-sex-firdous-azim/>
Azim, Firdous and Perween Hasan. “The Construction of Women in Late Nineteenth Century and Earyly Twentieth Century Bengal: The writings of Nawab Faizunnessa Chaudrani and Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain”. Routledge Handbook on Gender in South Asia 1. Ed. L. Fernandes. New York: Routledge, 2014. 28-40. Print.
Azim, Firdous and Perween Hasan. “Language, Literature, Education and Community: The Bengali Muslim Woman in the Early Twentienth Century”. Women’s Studies International Forum 45, (2014): 105-111. Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Sexuality and the Women’s Movement”. South Asian Feminsims. Eds. Ania Loomba and Ritty A. Lukose. London: Duke University Press, 2012. Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Notes towards reading the ‘new’ literatures in nineteenth-century Bengal”. Reading the “New” Literatures in a Postcolonial Era. Ed. Sushila Nasta for the English Association, London, D.S. Brewer, 2000. 37-52. Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Michael Madhusudan Dutt and the Poetics of Colonial Desire”. Nibandha Mala-Collection of Essays from the Centre of Advanced Research in the Humanities, Dhaka University 9, 330-361. Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Review of Mircea Eliade, Bengal Nights:A Novel and Maitreyi Devi, It Does Not Die: A Romance.” The Journal of Asian Studies 55.4, Chicago,1996. 1035-1037. Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Truth is Double”: Ishwar Chandra Bidyasagar and Planning for a Bengali education”, Journal of Social Studies 67, Dhaka, 1993.1-19. Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Freedom and Slavery: Looking at Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko”. Infinite Variety, Eds. Firdous Azim and Niaz Zaman. Dhaka: University Press, 1994 .44-54.Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Building the Nation: Architecture in Bangladesh”. Architecture of SAARC Nations. Ed. Razia Grover. New Delhi: Architecture+Design, 1991. 10-31. Print.
Azim, Firdous. “Whose English Is It Anyway: Problems of National Identity and Language”, The Cambridge Review 3.2039. Cambridge, 51-55. Print.
Azim, Firdous. "Secularism and the women's movement in Bangladesh". Volume of essays. Ed. Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay. London : Zed Press Ltd. Print.
Azim, Firdous. "Speaking the unspeakable or the limits of representability". SAARC After 30 Years: Society, Culture and Development, the journal of the India International Centre, New Delhi. Print.
Conferences, Talks, and Speaking Engagements:
- On 25th March 2016, Professor Firdous Azim presented her paper titled Birangona or Muktijoddha: The Politics of Naming in the plenary session titled “Traumas of Genocide and Mass Violence” at the three day International Conference on Genocide and Mass Violence: Theories, Traumas, Trials and Testimonies held from 24th March to 26th March 2016 at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka.
- Professor Firdous Azim was one of the discussants at the launch of the book titled “University of Dhaka-Making, Unmaking, Remaking” edited by Imtiaz Ahmed and Iftekhar Iqbal and published by Prothoma, on 1st February 2016 at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka.
On 19th October 2015, Professor Firdous Azim presented her paper titled “English Language in the Globalised Market Place” in the session titled “‘Minding your language’ - English language skills in a globalised world” at the symposium on Access Points & Progression Pathways – Routes to success in education, employment & skills organized by the British Council, Bangladesh.
Professor Azim delivered inaugural lecture for a five day workshop for journalists on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) on 23rd October 2015. The workshop was organized by REDOrange for their project “Image: Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment” that aims at informing Bangladesh’s married adolescent girls about their rights.
- Dr. Azim gave a public lecture on “Feminism in Bangladesh” at Umea Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) at the University of Umea, Sweden in September 2015.
- Fazlur Rahman Gold Medal
- Commonwealth Scholar and Fellow
- Fulbright Fellow