Faculty Profile

Dr Nadia Anwar

Assistant Professor

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Department of English Language and Literature

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NADIA ANWAR (HEC Recognized Supervisor)______________________


University: Dept of English Language and Literature

University of Management and Technology Lahore

C-II, Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan                                           

UAN: +92 42 111 300 2

Tel: +92 42 35212801-10                                                                               

Email: [email protected]




My principal research lies in the field of Postcolonial English literatures in general and Nigerian theatre and drama in particular. I plan to continue exploring the thematic, theoretical and traditional paradigms of African performance praxis and to devise specific models by which to investigate the culturally rich and varied dimensions of African theatrical arts and post-colonial literatures in general. I also keep offering my acquired skills and teaching experience to quality academic institutes for different courses in English literature and language. Apart from researching African drama, I have lectured on English, American, post-colonial and continental literatures for ten years. As an active academic and administrative faculty member, I have remained engaged with many curricular and extracurricular activities from undergraduate to PhD levels during my professional career.



2012 – 2015                   PhD  – Nigerian Drama

                                          The University of Northampton, School of the Arts

                                          Supervisors: Dr Victor Ukaegbu (first); Prof Janet Wilson (second; Director of Studies); Dr Jumai Ewu (external)


  • My thesis investigates how metatheatre that foregrounds the fictive nature of a piece of performance is employed and theorized in the selected works of Nigerian playwrights. I have examined the possible implications of this particular device on the audience/reader reception through textual analysis.
  • In order to get myself acquainted with the literary, cultural and socio-political dimension of African literature and to integrate myself into vibrant research environment, I have attended various international academic conferences, seminars and skill-based workshops.


2005 – 2008                   MPhil in English Literature

                                          University of the Punjab, Dept of English Language and Literature

                                          Supervisor: Dr Amra Raza; CGPA 3.41 (B+)

  • The programme involved five courses from early Greek to modern and postcolonial literatures written in English with a term paper requirement at the end of each course. Some of the research papers I wrote are: Familial Relations as a Seat of Discontent in Ibsen; O’Neill’s Homecoming: A reworking of Aeschylus’s Agamemnon; Adrienne Rich: Fusion of the Private and the Public; Fusion of Illusion and Reality in Shepard’s Fool for Love; Inversion of Fantasy in Aristophanes’ Birds; Reframing of Pastoral Conventions in As You Like It; Fetishizing of Hamlet in Shakespeare.


  • Awarded A Grade on the thesis titled: ‘Reshaping of tradition through Storytelling in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa and The Dilemma of a Ghost


2003 – 2004                   Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching
                                       University of the Punjab, Dept of English language and Literature

                                       Supervisor: Dr Amra Raza; Grade A

·         This one year diploma offered courses on English phonetics, stylistic, grammar, socio- and psycho-linguistics and syllabus designing.
·         Thesis: ‘Using Newspapers in Enhancing Reading Skills at the Intermediate Level’
·         First position in the University                          
 1994 – 1997                   Masters in English

                                          Government College University, Department of English

                                          Division 2nd

1991 – 1994                   Graduation in English Literature and Statistics

                                          Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan

                                          Division 1st                              

  • Awarded Academic Roll of Honour

1989 – 1991                   Intermediate in English Literature, Statistics and Health and Physical Education

                                          Lahore College for Women University

                                          Division 1st

1980-1989                      Secondary School Examination in Science subjects

                                          Divisional Public School, Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan

                                          Division 1st



Book                                Research Monograph: Dynamics of Distancing in Nigerian Drama: A Functional Approach to Metatheatre, published in New Series World Literature Studies with Ibidem Verlag, July 2016.

                                       Reviews: “The magic of Nigerian Drama”, Oct 23, 2016, reviewed by Sarwat Ali for The News on Sunday.

April 2015                         Research paper titled: ‘Femi Osofisan’s Subversive Metatheatre in The Chattering and the Song’, for International Journal of Arts and Sciences, ISSN: 1944-6934, Pages 499-511, Volume 8, Number 2 (April 2015)

May 2014                         Research paper titled: ‘Modulation of Dramatic Distance, The Case of Wole Soyinka’s King Baabu’, for Humanities and Social Sciences Review, published by University, USA, Pages 73-85, Volume 3, Number 2 (May 2014)

2009 (Oct & Dec)        Winning essays on the topics: ‘What Steps Should We Take to Preserve Pakistan’s Rich Cultural Heritage’? and ‘Challenges Facing Pakistani Youth in the 21st Century’ for essay competition, published by NEWS & VIEWS, monthly magazine of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan

2009 (March)                     Research paper titled: ‘Consummation through Twin Suicides in Ibsen’ for Journal of Research (Humanities), published by University of the Punjab, Lahore. Pages 101-112, Volume XLII-XLV (January 2006-January 2009)

2004                                       Interactive theatre plays titled: Journey through the Life of Courageous Women; Co-translated, co-edited and compiled a collection of four Interactive theatre plays for Interactive Resource Centre, Lahore (A Dfid funded project)




15 Jan 2017                   “Why do Oaths in our educational institutes exclude non-Muslims?” The Nation blog.

21 Dec 2016                  “Teesri Dhun: Bringing the shadowy world of the Transgender Community into light”, The Nation blog.

20 Nov 2016                  “Playing to the audience”, Dawn

10 July 2016                  “Theatre combines so many of other art forms”, Interview with Dr Martin Puchner, Founding director of the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance, Harvard University, The News on Sunday

8 Dec 2015                     “Intra-gender Hostility: Another Face of Discrimination Against Women”, The Nation blog.

22 Nov 2015                  “The Language Lab”, The News on Sunday

2 Nov 2015                    “A fond look back at my research life at the The University of Northampton”, Research Support Hub, The University of Northampton

11 Oct 2015                   “Pakistan had a Complex Linguistic Demography”, Interview with Dr Maria Isabel Maldonado, The News on Sunday

June 15-Oct 15               Writing a series of skill-based and research process related articles for The Aspiring Professionals Hub, London


  1. “Bridging the Skills Gap: Are you Skilled to Kill?”, published 15 October 2015
  2. “Surviving the Viva Experience”, published 7 September 2015
  3. “The Emotional Stages of a Research Journey”, published 16 July 2015
  4. “A Master Chef at Work: A Culinary Take on the PhD Process”, published 18 June 2015  


1997-to date                Contributed several articles on various themes, published in dailies The News International, Dawn, The Nation and The Frontier Post, Pakistan


TEACHING EXPERIENCE______________________________________________________________


Aug 2015 to date                   Assistant Professor and Adviser PhD Program

 Department of English Language and Literature, University of Management and Technology Lahore

                                          Teaching Masters, MPhil courses; supervising MPhil, PhD theses; organizing seminars, project exhibitions and departmental events

                                          Member Board of Advanced Studies and Research; Member School Graduate Committee; Member Departmental Graduate Committee

                                          MPhil Theses Supervised:

  • The Impact of Formal Feedback on the Development of Writing Skills at O-Level in the Selected Private schools in Lahore by Ana Ramsha (A-)
  • Semantic Evaluation of Newspaper Headlines: Media Impact of the Panama Leaks by Rabia Shabbir (B+)
  • Lexical, Semantic and Pragmatic Equivalence Gaps in Google Translation Machine Software by Naomi Justin (A-)


1999 – 2015                   Senior Lecturer in English (BPS-17); Employer: Education department (Govt of the Punjab)               

  • Taught English Language and Literature to Intermediate and Bachelor students; coordinated college functions; supervised other curricular and co-curricular activities; did student counselling.

2009 – 2010                   Visiting Faculty Member at University of Gujrat, Gujrat

  • Designed the outline of MPhil in English Literature programme; taught the course on Ancient Greek and Elizabethan Literature to MPhil English Literature students; evaluated theses of MA English Literature students as an External Examiner.

1997 – 1998                   Lecturer in English (BPS-17) at WISE Girls College, Lahore

  • Teaching English Language and Literature to Intermediate, Bachelor’s and Master’s students.


OTHER EXPERIENCE__________________________________________________________________


Jan 2016 to date             Member National Curriculum Revision Committee for English (BS/MS), Higher Education Commission

April 2016 to date            Member Advisory Board, Eurasian Journal of Humanities, Al Andalus Insitute of Languages

Jan 2016                        External Reviewer National Testing Service Pakistan

2012-2015                      Voluntary host

                                     Friendship International Students and Hosts, University of Northampton

Conducted storytelling sessions/workshops for international students on November 13, 2012; November 11, 2013; February 2, 2015

2012 – 2014                   Voluntary Customer Service Oxfam (Charity Organization)

                                           Kingsthorpe Branch, Northampton

2011 – 2013                   Interpretation and Translation Services

                                          Talking Heads Languages Ltd, Seaton Business Park, Sheffield          

2011 – 2012                   Voluntary host for International Students

International Students Club at Emmanuel Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds

Facilitating communication among students belonging to different ethnic, religious, cultural and academic groups; arranging/organising activities for the promotion of cross-cultural liaison; guiding/assisting the students in problems of both academic and personal nature.

2011 – 2012                   Voluntary Project Leader

Global Perspectives Anthology project (Published April 2012) for the Intercultural Ambassador’s Programme, University of Leeds

I was selected by the University of Leeds, International Office for the prestigious Intercultural Ambassador’s Program. I did a creative writing project called ‘Global Perspectives on Universal Tales’, which involved a creative writing workshop and publication of an anthology based on winning cultural adaptations of famous fairytales.

June 2011                      Member organising committee Empowerment and The Sacred: An Interdisciplinary Conference organised by ICPS, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK


June 2011                      Member organising committee Between Kismet and Karma, a publication launch event arranged by Shisha, The International Agency for Contemporary South Asian Crafts and Visual Arts, based in Manchester in collaboration with the University of Leeds, Theatre Workshop, School of English, University of Leeds, UK

2009-2010                      Adjudicator

                                          Beaconhouse School System (Garden Town Branch), Lahore, Inter-School Bilingual Declamation Contest: 23 January 2009; Government Post Graduate College For Women, Sahiwal, Chief Minister’s Speech/Debate/Essay Writing Competition 2009 (Divisional/Degree Level): 18 December 2009; Beaconhouse School System (CSC Boys Branch), Lahore, Inter-House English Declamation Contest 2010: 7 January 2010

1997 – 1998                   Internee Sub-Editor at Daily The Nation, Lahore

Editing stories, features, book reviews and interviews; contributing articles to different sections of the magazine.




Oct 2016                           Funded by University of Management and Technology Lahore to travel and lodge in Islamabad for ICLLS (PAL) Conference (details give above)

June 2016                         Funded by University of Management and Technology Lahore to travel and lodge in Cambridge, USA  for training workshops and seminar at Harvard University

March 2014                      Chancellor's Fund to attend conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

                                            Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Nov 2013                         Chancellor's Fund to attend conference in Freiburg, Germany.

           Awarded by: The University of Northampton

July 2013                           Postgraduate Student Research Fund to attend conference in London.

            Awarded by: School of the Arts, The University of Northampton

July 2012-15                    Awarded partial scholarship towards tuition fee to pursue PhD research.

            Awarded by: The University of Northampton

1994                                   Awarded Academic 'Roll of Honor'


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS____________________________________________________


2011                                       Punjab Public Service Commission, Education Department, Government of Punjab for the Post of Assistant Professor in English

  • 2nd position in Lahore (7th in Punjab) and joined government service as Assistant Professor (BPS-18).


1999                                       Punjab Public Service Commission, Education Department, Government of Punjab for the post of Lecturer in English

  • 4th position in Lahore (15th in Punjab) and joined government service as Lecturer (BPS-17


1999                                      Punjab Public Service Commission; Technical Wing, Education Department, Government of Punjab

  • 1st position in Punjab




PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP_________________________________________________________


July 2013 to date              AfTA (African Theatre Association)


Aug 2013 to date              ALA (African Literature Association)


July 2012 to July 2015      Postcolonial Visual Culture, Performance and Narrative Group

                                                School of the Arts, The University of Northampton




20 Feb 2017                        Delivered lecture on “Honour Killing”, organized by Office of Participants Affair, University of Management and Technology, Lahore.

7 Jan 2017                          Presented paper on ‘Revisiting Private/Public Dichotomy in Adrienne Rich’s Poetry’, at ICLLS (International Conference on Language, Literature and Society), Pakistan Academy of Letters, Islamabad

28 Oct 2016                                 Delivered lecture on “Role of Teachers in Character Building” organized by Office of Participants Affair, University of Management and Technology, Lahore.

19 Oct 2016                         Co-presented paper on ‘Urdu as the Official Language of Pakistan: Challenges, Implications and Prospects’, at ICLAP (International Conference of the Linguistic Association of Pakistan), University of the Punjab, Lahore

6-17 June 2016                    Completed training workshops and seminars at Mellon School of Theatre and Performance, Harvard University, United States of America

7 Nov 2014                          Presented paper on ‘Femi Osofisan’s Subversive Metatheatre in The Chattering and the Song’’ at the IJAS (International Journal of Arts and Sciences) Conference, University of London, United Kingdom

11 April 2014                       Presented paper on ‘Manipulating Dramatic Distance through Historical Metatheatre: The Case of Ola Rotimi’s Kurunmi and Hopes of the Living Dead’ at the ALA (African Literature Association) Conference, April  9-13, Johannesburg, South Africa.

4 Dec 2013                          Presented paper on ‘Modulation of Dramatic Distance: The Case of Wole Soyinka’s King Baabu’ at the IJAS (International Journal of Arts and Sciences) Conference, Dec 3-6, Freiburg, Germany.

19 Sep 2013                        Presented paper on ‘Interplay of Real and Fictive Constructs in Ola Rotimi’s Dramaturgy’ at the Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, School of the Arts 2013, The University of Northampton.

12 July 2013                        Presented paper on ‘Manoeuvring Dramatic Distance through Metatheatrical Techniques in selected Post-Independence Nigerian Drama’  at AfTA (African Theatre Association) Annual International Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London & University of Derby, United Kingdom.

27 June 2013                      Presented paper on ‘Metatheatricality through Intertextuality’ at Annual Postgraduate and Early Researchers Conference, The University of Northampton.

22 May 2013                       Presented seminar on ‘Metatheatrical Distancing: A Reading Framework at School of the Arts Seminar Series, The University of Northampton.

23 Oct 2012                        Presented Research at the Induction Programme, Graduate School, The University of Northampton.

14 Sep 2012                               Presented paper on ‘Metatheatrical Distancing: A New Approach to the Study of Nigerian Drama’ at the School of the Arts Annual Postgraduate Research Conference 2012, The University of Northampton.


13 Dec 2011                        Presented paper on ‘The Dynamics of Nigerian Metatheatre’ at University of Leeds Annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference 2011: Showcase 2011 Conference in Three Minutes Thesis Competition organised by the Graduate Training & Support Centre, University of Leeds, UK.


17 Sep 2011                        Presented paper on ‘Exploring Psychological Impact of Proverbs on Postcolonial Subjects in Ghana with special reference to Ama Ata Aidoo’s plays: Anowa and The Dilemma of a Ghost’ at Triangle Conference, School of English, University of Leeds, UK.

Oct-Dec 2005                       Did Certificate course for English Special Seminar Session on ‘Post Colonial Studies’ by Dr Fawzia Afzal Khan, held at GC University, Lahore.





Feb 11-12, 2016                 “High Achievers” certificate of participation, University of Management and Technology, Lahore


Sep 2012                            Beginning Teaching in HE Program, School of Education, UoN, UK.


2012                                   Leeds University English Language Test, University of Leeds.


1998                                   Certificat D'Etudes De langue Francaise, Alliance Francaise De Lahore.


1992                                   The Second Inter-Collegiate Statistical Competition (1991-92), Won 2nd Prize, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore.


1991                                   National Guards (Certificate of Service), National Cadet Corps and Women Guards.



22 Sep 2015                       Conducted workshop on “The Mechanics of PhD Proposal Writing”, organized by the Department of English Language and Literature, at UMT

23 May 2015                       Conducted workshop for PhD students on “How to write a good research proposal”, organized by the Department of English Language and Literature, at University of Management and Technology Lahore

2012-14                               Attendance in Graduate School Workshops, The University of Northampton.

May 2011                             Training workshop organised by Mind The Gap, an international touring theatre company, based in Bradford, UK, (24-25 May 2011).

2004                                    Training workshop on Internet Resources for English Language Professionals, organised by the American Center, Lahore.


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