Full CV.pdf available upon request.

Full CV.pdf available upon request.

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (St. George) – June, 2018

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Global History; Modern South Asian History; Islamicate Cultures – South Asia and Middle East; Aesthetics; Philosophy of History; and Cinema Studies.

HONOURS & AWARDS

2017 University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant

2017 New College In-Course Award in the Humanities

2017 Award for Film Cultures I (CIN201) from Dr. Charlie Keil

2016 New College Student Council In-Course Scholarship

2015 Paul Matthews Memorial Scholarship in the Humanities

2014–2017 Annually on the Dean’s List

PUBLICATIONS

2017 Mahdi Chowdhury. “Isaiah Berlin’s “Concept of Scientific History”.” In Almagest: Undergraduate Journal in the History and Philosophy of Science. (Vol. 3)

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).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

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.

EXPERIENCES & ACTIVITIES

Academic and/or on-campus

2017–Present: Editor In Chief,
University of Toronto Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies.

2016–2017: Interim Associate Designer, The Varsity.

2016-2017: Mentor for the History Students’ Association Mentorship Program

2016-2017: Editor, Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies

2015-2017: Director of Branding and Design,
University of Toronto History Students’ Association

Creative and/or off-campus

2014–Present: Artist and Designer.

Recent commissions include Danforth Pizza House, Centre for Ethics, s y n c Entertainment, and Our Vintage Film.

2017: Art exhibition at "Soon: South Asian Evocations and Becomings", Chinatown Soup, New York.

2017: Honourary Resident Curator. Curated the original series, “Tableaux of Modern Bengali Arts,” for the digital research and humanities initiative, @southasia.arts

2016: Group art exhibition at Trinity Art Show. Creative works recently published in DUTY FREE, Trinity Review, Acta Victoriana, My Modern Met, Complex, Buzzfeed, and TIME.

LANGUAGES

English

Bengali

French (intermediate, in-progress)

Hindi–Urdu (intermediate, in-progress)

Persian (elementary, in-progress)