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Bushra Mahzabeen

Thesis Working Title

Oil and World Literature: Exploitative Labour and Gender Relations in Petro-Capitalist Commodity Frontiers

Bio

Bushra Mahzabeen is a PhD candidate and Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Her doctoral research is broadly focused on the geopolitical implications of oil as a commodity and the petro-capitalist exploitation of labour. Her project is supervised by Dr Michael NiblettLink opens in a new window.

Publications

"State oppression and Adivasi Resistance in Mahasweta Devi's Chotti Munda and His Arrow" . Crossings: Journal of English Studies, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Vol. 12, 2021.

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“Overcoming the Gleam of Empire and the Excremental State in The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born”. Crossings: Journal of English Studies, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Vol. 10, 2019.

“Perpetuating Subalternity through Caste: A Close Look at Untouchable and The God of Small Things”, The Arts Faculty Journal, University of Dhaka, Vol. 8 & 9. No. 12 & 13, July 2016- June 2018.

“Petro-culture as an Oppressor of Women and Nature: An Ecofeminist Reading of Nawal El Saadawi’s Love in the Kingdom of Oil”, Crossings: Journal of English Studies, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Vol. 9, 2018.

Conferences

"Fossil Fuels and Energy Transition in the Petro-capitalist World of Oil". Durham Castle Conference: Transitions and New Realities. University of Durham, UK. April 29-30, 2022.

“Trauma and the Hidden Fragmentation of Afghanistan in Nadeem Aslam's Fiction”. From Kabuliwala to the Fall of Kabul: Afghanistan in Popular Imagination. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Dhaka. October 30-31, 2021.

“Eco-terrorism in the Face of Petro-capitalism in Petroplague”. Erasure and the Environment. Loughborough University, UK. September 16-17, 2021.

“Petro-capitalism and the Narrative of Survival in Laura Restrepo’s The Dark Bride”. The Hidden in Performance, Visual, and Literary Culture. M4Cities, UK. September 9-11, 2021.

“Statelessness and Loss of Identity of Migrant Workers in Petrofictions”. Fiction in the Age of Globalization. Tübingen University, Germany. July 22, 2021.

Teaching

Bushra has taught on the undergraduate module EN101 Epic into Novel at Warwick in 2021-2022. She is also an Assistant Professor (on study leave) in the Department of English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Membership

Warwick Environmental Humanities Network

Academic Qualifications

MA in World Literature, University of Warwick, UK, 2017

MA in English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (First Class)

BA (Honours), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (First Class)

Awards

Bangabandhu Overseas Scholarship for doctoral research (2020-2024)

Commonwealth Scholarship for MA degree at the University of Warwick, 2016-2017

Dean’s Merit Award for Academic Recognition, University of Dhaka

Fazlur Rahman Memorial Gold Medal for MA degree, University of Dhaka

Khan Bahadur Aziz Uddin Ahmed Memorial Gold Medal for MA degree, University of Dhaka

Contact: Bushra.Mahzabeen@warwick.ac.uk