b. 1996, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Based in Toronto, Turtle Island.
2018-2019: MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY, University of Cambridge
Program: World History
Selected Awards: University of Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies Studentship (full tuition awarded by the University on the basis of academic excellence – 2018), Smuts Memorial Grant
2014 – 2018: BACHELOR OF ARTS (High Distinction), University of Toronto
Majors: History, Philosophy, and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Selected Awards: New College Registrars’ Graduation Award in the Humanities (2018), University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant (travel expenses provided to attend an exhibition of my art in New York – 2017), Paul Matthews Memorial Scholarship in the Humanities (2017), Course Award for ‘Film Cultures I’ (2017), New College Student Council In-Course Scholarship (2016), Paul Matthews Memorial Scholarship in the Humanities (2015), and Dean’s List (2014-18)
Mahdi Chowdhury. “Satyajit Ray in Western Film Criticism, 1957-1958.” in Caméra Stylo. (Vol. 18), 2018
Mahdi Chowdhury. “Isaiah Berlin’s “Concept of Scientific History”.” in Almagest: Undergraduate Journal in the History and Philosophy of Science. (No. 3), 2017
Mahdi Chowdhury. “The Fez and the Veil: Identity, Otherness, and the Ottoman Legacy in Portrait of a Turkish Family.” in The Future of History (Vol. XIII), 2016
EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS
Habibiz @ the Margin of Eras Gallery (Toronto, 2019)
Archival Pulse (Toronto, 2019)
Columbia University South Asian Feminisms Alliance (New York, 2018)
Fully Booked Zine Fair (Dubai, 2018)
Asian Zine Fair (Toronto, 2017)
Soon: South Asian Evocations and Becomings (New York, 2017)
Trinity Art Show (Toronto, 2016)
2017 “Time and the Shutter: Allochronism in the Colonial Photography of the Middle East.” Boundaries: an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Hosted by the University of Toronto History Students’ Association. April 26.
2017 “Iranian Modernity and Cinema.” Iranian Modernity: A Graduate Student Symposium. University of Toronto Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Diyar. March 31.
2016 “Time and the Shutter: Allochronism in the Colonial Photography of the Middle East.” Theory and Method Symposium. University of Toronto Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Iranian Studies Seminar Series, and Iran Namag. December 9.
2018: Research Assistant, Prof. Jeannie Miller, Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations.
2017–2018: Editor-In-Chief, University of Toronto's Undergraduate Journal of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations.
2017: Honourary Resident Curator, @SouthAsia.Arts.
2016–2017: Associate Designer, The Varsity Publications Inc.
2016-2017: Mentor, History Students’ Association Mentorship Program.
2016-2017: Editor, Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies.
2015-2017: Director of Branding & Design,
University of Toronto History Students’ Association
English, Bengali, French (intermediate, in-progress), Hindi–Urdu (intermediate, in-progress), Persian (elementary, in-progress)