Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Ms Kajalie Shehreen Islam
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- Office Hours:
- Wednesday 10-11am in room 575
- Thesis title:
- Working Title: The use of religion-based rhetoric in anti-liberation discourse during Bangladesh's independence movement
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My research aims to explore the use of religion-based discourse in the mobilization of violence. My focus is on the use of religion-based rhetoric in anti-liberation discourse during Bangladesh’s independence movement in 1971. Forty-four years into the war, with the war crimes trial underway, as well as a resurgence of religion-based politics in the country, the relationship dynamics between politics and religion are becoming increasingly important. As a media and communications student, how religion is used in communication – in the media as well as within informal networks – is of particular interest to me. My project, through a discourse analysis of anti-liberation media content from 1971 (including news, editorials, features, speeches and poetry), backed by interviews, looks at the instrumentalization of religion in the construction of identities, nationalism and the mobilization of political and sexual violence against Bangalis during the nine-month-long war of liberation.
• Islam, K.S., 2013. Bangladesh: Gender Inequality Results from Policy Inequity. In Carolyn Byerly (ed) The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Journalism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
• Islam, K. 2012 Aug 30. Breaking Down the Birangona: Examining the (Divided) Media Discourse on the War Heroines of Bangladesh's Independence Movement. International Journal of Communication [Online] 6:0. Available: http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/874/787
• Islam, K.S. The Myth of the Mad ‘Other’ in Hindi Cinema. Dhaka University Studies, 67(2), pp. 221-232.
• Islam, K.S. Racism, Sexism and the Illusion of Empowerment in Fairness Cream Advertising on Bangladeshi Television. Social Science Review, Dhaka University Studies, Part D, 30(1), pp. 59-66.