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Dr. Zakir Hossain Raju

Professor, Department of Media and Communication
Independent University, Bangladesh
Phone: 9862386-90 ext-247
PhD La Trobe University,Melbourne MA in Mass Communication & Journalism, The University of Dhaka
Dr Zakir Hossain Raju is Professor of Media and Communication and Director of the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). Here he has introduced a semester-long course on Korean cinema and society, the only such course in South Asia and one of the twenty or so courses offered on Korean cinema in leading universities around the world. He is currently also the President of Bangladesh Short Film Forum. Raju served as Dean of Social Science at IUB during 2013-15. In 2014, he served as Korea Foundation Fellow at Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. During 2008-10, Raju also served as Postgraduate Coordinator and Senior Lecturer of Communication and Cultural Studies at Monash University, Malaysia. He obtained PhD in Cinema Studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2005. Before that, he taught at La Trobe and Monash University in Australia as well as at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Raju served as a Visiting Scholar at Australian National University, Canberra in 1999 and at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 2007. A renowned scholar of Asian cinema and politics that ranges from Bangladesh to South Korea, Dr Raju is also the author of Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity: In Search of the Modern? (Routledge, London: 2015). He has published research papers on Bangladeshi, South Korean and Malaysian media and culture in journals including Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME), Screening the Past, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Cinemaya, and South Asian Journal. Raju also published his research on Asian cinema in anthologies including Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics (Palgrave, USA: 2016) Islam and Popular Culture in Indonesia and Malaysia (Routledge, 2011), Communalism and Globalization in South Asia and its Diaspora (Routledge, 2010), Media Consumption and Everyday Life in Asia (Routlege, 2009), Madrasas in South Asia: Teaching Terror? (Routledge, 2008), Contemporary Asian Cinema (Berg, 2006) and Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia (Macmillan, 2002). He is a reviewer for Asian Journal of Communication and on the editorial board of the journals Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies (Sage) and Journal of South Asian Film and Media (Intellect). Raju has been invited to be on the Jury of international film festivals in Australia, South Korea, USA, the Netherlands, France, and Bangladesh. While he presented more than seventy papers and invited lectures in many universities and film festivals around the world, he has presented his recent research on various aspects of Korean cinema and society in international conferences in USA, Bangladesh and Poland (forthcoming).