Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (St. George) – June, 2018
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
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).
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.
French (intermediate, in-progress)
Hindi–Urdu (intermediate, in-progress)
Persian (elementary, in-progress)