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Faculty Profile

Dr Naila Sahar

Assistant Professor

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Department of English Language and Literature

 : [email protected]   

Academic Qualifications: 

PhD 2013-2018

Fulbright Scholar

 Department of English State University of New York, Buffalo (UB)

Dissertation Title: Reimagining Muslim woman: Gendered Religious Life and Resistance in the age of Islamophobia

Teaching Experience:

 - Assistant Professor, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) Lahore, Pakistan. 20062013.

 -Lecturer, Government College University, Lahore. September 2004-September 2005.

-Lecturer, The University of Lahore, Lahore. 2003-2004, 2005-2006

 

Teaching interests:

Postcolonial literature and theory, Feminist theory, Global Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, South Asian Literature, Comparative religious studies, Gender and sexuality in Asia, Gendered Religious lives of Muslim women.

Honors, Awards and Fellowships:

 -Awarded Fulbright scholarship to pursue PhD at State University of New York, Buffalo. (2013-2018)

 

- Northeast Modern Language Association’s (NeMLA) Graduate Fellow. Worked as NeMLA’s Convention and Editor fellow for the year 2017-2018.

 

-Graduate Student honoree for Student academic excellence award at State University of New York, Buffalo (2018). 

 - Awarded travel grant from the UB Gender Institute to participate in the 12th Annual Duke Feminist Theory Workshop, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, which is among the

most prestigious and longest running workshops in the field of feminist theory worldwide. This travel award is granted through a highly competitive application process only to advanced PhD students. (2018)

 

-Awarded Travel Award by Modern Language Association (MLA), to attend the annual convention 2018. 

 

- Winner of Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition 2018, at State University of New York, Buffalo. It is an annual competition held in over 200 universities worldwide, that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. The event was globally broadcasted via internet. 

 

- Awarded Stanford University’s travel award to present paper at South Asia by the Bay Conference “Offense! The Public Life of Injury in South Asia”, held at Stanford University (2017).  

 

- Awarded American institute of Pakistan Studies travel award twice.  a) For the presentation of paper ‘Syncretic Language: An Archive of History and Experience in a Postcolonial World’ at 25th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference held in Savannah, Georgia on February 26, 2016.

 b) For the presentation of my paper  ‘Revisionary Political Historiography in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction’ at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, WI on October 26 – 28, 2017. 

 

Select conferences and presentations:

 - ‘Muslim Women Reclaim Religion and Self’ in Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention (NeMLA) 2018, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - ‘The Laws and Politics of Precarity’ in South Asian Literary Association (SALA) annual conference in January 2018, in New York, New York. 

 

- ‘Blasphemy law and power dynamics in Pakistan’ in South Asia by the bay conference at Stanford University in April 2017, in Stanford, California.  -‘Revisionary Political Historiography in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction’ at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia held on October 26 – 28, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin. 

 

- ‘Neo-colonialism, Elitist Discourse and the Silent Subaltern’ at the Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference, January 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

- ‘Revisionary Historiography and Cultural Identity of South Asia in the Novels of Khaled Husseini and Kamila Shamsie’ in New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), October 2016, in Utica, New York.

- ‘Syncretic Language: An archive of History and Experience in a Postcolonial World’ at annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference held on 26th-27th February, 2016, in Savannah, Georgia.

- ‘Voices of revolution at the cross roads of cultures’ in Sigma Tau Delta’s 2015 Far Western Regional Conference “Perspectives from the Margins: Reexamining Movements, Figures, and Texts”, which was held in California State University, on November 13 - 14, 2015, in Fullerton California. 

- ‘Collective trauma, memory and history in Khalid Husseini’s novels’ in Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention (NeMLA) April 2015 in Toronto, Canada. 

 

- ‘Narrating History, Mingling Memory and Experience’ at 15th Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference ‘Borders, boundaries, and margins’ on January 2015, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

 

- ‘Language and literature at the cross roads of culture’ in International Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures on August 2012 and then again in 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand. The papers also got published in the conference proceedings.  

 

Editorial Board: Translation Editor for Pakistaniaat, a refereed, multidisciplinary, and open access academic journal offering a forum for scholarly and creative engagement with various aspects of Pakistani history, culture, literature, and politics.

Memberships and Services:

-Member Modern Language Association (MLA), Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

 -Member South Asian Language Association (SALA)

- Member American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)

- Member “The Sisters”, a group comprised of faculty, professional women, students, refugees and immigrants, which was formed in collaboration with The University at Buffalo Gender Institute and the Coalition for the Advancement for Muslim Women. 

 

- Coordinator Fulbright Young Professionals Network- Western New York/North Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Responsibilties include organizing YPN events to improve the communication between the 20+ universities and colleges in Western New York/North Western Pennsylvania Chapter. This includes working together with the YPN Planning Committee members to set up regional and city-wide YPN events.

- Member of the Welcome Center team at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, held in New York City from 4-7 January 2018.

-Volunteer at ‘Journey’s end, Refugee Services’ program. 

-Contributor at ‘The Collective’, a Western New York based magazine. 

Publications:

 Articles: - “The Blasphemy law and power dynamics in Pakistan.” South Asian Voices, 18th July, 2018. 

- “Cultivating Empathy Through Cross-Cultural Understanding.” Muslim American Leadership Alliance Story-telling Series, July, 2016 “The Bigly Phenomenon of Trumpian Discourse.” The Collective, December 2016

 

“Shattering Stereotypes: Muslim Women Sing.” The Collective, July 2017.

 

“Malala Yousafzai and the Dynamics of Story-telling.” The Collective, December, 2017

Upcoming Book Review:  -‘Things she could never have’. South Asian Review. 2018

Conference Proceedings:

- ‘Language: An archive of cultural memory and identity in Kamila Shamsie’s novels’. Published in the conference proceedings of ‘International Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures’ (ACAC, 2012), Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok. - ‘Breaking the silence: Revisionary historiography and cultural identity in the novels of Khaled Husseini and Kamila Shamsie’. Published in the conference proceedings of ‘International Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures’ (ACAC, 2013), Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok. 

 

Invited Lectures:

 - Panelist for the talk ‘Islamophobia in the Presidential Election’ which was a part of lecture series on ‘Teaching on racial and social justice’ at Buffalo State, The State University of New York. 2016

 - Guest lecture on Muslim women leaders for the seminar titled ‘Global Women’s Voices’ in the Department of Gender Studies, State University of New York, Buffalo. 2017

-Facilitator for talk on Malala Yousafzai’s memoir with Director Gender Institute, State University of New York, Buffalo. 2017

 

 

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