Dr. Fahmida Akhter joined the Department in June 2006. She has contributed to a teaching and research profile that emphasizes the techniques and aesthetics of audio-visual productions both in live (such as theater) and recorded media. She holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Essex, UK; and is a recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship for the PhD program. The title of her PhD thesis is: "Fragmented Memory, Incomplete History: Women and Nation in War Films of Bangladesh". The PhD research explores the ways in which memories and histories of the Liberation War are shaped by the gender dynamics of nationalism through examining war-themed films of Bangladesh. Fahmida received her BA (Hons) and MA in Drama and Dramatics from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She also obtained a second Master's degree in Digital Design from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea, having received the full ACE Scholarship that was funded by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Besides teaching, Fahmida works as a documentary film director. Most of her documentaries are produced by the Bengal Foundation, a leading art trust in Bangladesh, which also published 7 of her documentary films as DVDs. Here are a few titles of her directed and scripted documentaries: The Homecoming (2008), Garaner Gahine (2008), Nishorger Ankiye (Ode to Nature: Portrait of an Artist, 2004), Surer Swajan (2005).
Fahmida had three years' experience of working as a program producer in the television industry of Bangladesh. The link of the youtube channel of Fahmida Akhter is: https://www.youtube.com/user/fahmidad74/videos --Here, some of her directed documentaries and TV shows are availbale. In media, she is also known as 'Fahmida Munni'. Recently, in the days of lockdown, Fahmida started hosting a regular online live talk show named: FILM TALK with Fahmida. It is with the participation of film-related personalities from and beyond Bangladesh.
Dr. Akhter's articles concerning different aspects of Bangladeshi cinema and theater have been published in several national and international refereed journals. She is the author of Alamgir Kabirer Chalachchitra [The Films of Alamgir Kabir] (2019), written in Bangla, published by the Bangladesh Film Archive.
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2808-8740
Cinema of Bangladesh, Film Studies, Women and War in Films, Digital Design, Documentary Film Productions, Traditional Theatrical Forms and Performances in Bangladesh, History and Aesthetics of Eastern Theater, Theater Archeology and Set Design, Comparative Film Studies, Comparative Studies of Eastern and Western Theater Practice.
Received fellowship for participating “Faculty Training Workshop on Writing and Publishing” at University of California, Berkeley, from April 23rd-28th, 2018, organized by the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, USA.2015.
Grant, awarded by the FfWG (Funds for Women Graduate), UK (received as a PhD candidate in Film Studies in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at University of Essex, UK).2015.
Doctoral Bursary from the Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust, UK (received as a PhD candidate in Film Studies, at University of Essex, UK).2013.
Commonwealth Scholarship for doing PhD in Film Studies at University of Essex, UK; thesis title: "Fragmented Memory, Incomplete History: Women and Nation in War Films of Bangladesh".2010.
Research fellowship funded by the Bangladesh Film Archive. Project title: "আলমগীর কবিরের চলচ্চিত্র: বিষয়, আঙ্গিক ও নির্মাণ স্বাতন্ত্র্য [The Films of Alamgir Kabir: Contents, Structure and Film-making Process]"2008-09.
ACE Scholarship for studying Master in Technology and Development (Major: Design) at Ewha Womans University, South Korea.2004.
Winner of the "Best Documentary Film Director in Art and Culture" as "Fahmida Munni" for the film Nishorger Ankiey (Ode to Nature : Portrait of an Artist) at 5th Bangladesh Film Festival, London, organized by the Rainbow Film Society (Youtube links to the film: Part 1, Part 2).
JOURNAL PAPERFahmida Akhter, Interpretive framework in Muktir Gaan (Song of Freedom, 1995): (Re)vision of history and gender by a popular documentary film on the Liberation War of Bangladesh, South Asian Popular Culture, 17, 3, pp.227–246, 2019. doi: 10.1080/14746689.2019.1665870
[Published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group]Fahmida Akhter, Agami (The Time Ahead, 1984), the First Short Film of Bangladesh: Toward a New Cinematic Aesthetic of Imaging Time and Nation, BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies Journal, 10, 1, pp.11–29, 2019. doi: 10.1177/0974927619855449
[Published by SAGE].Fahmida Akhter, The construction of the new Bengali woman in Nasiruddin Yousuff's Guerrilla (2011), South Asian Popular Culture, 13, 3, pp.199−216, 2015. doi: 10.1080/14746689.2016.1210296
[Published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group].Fahmida Akhter, ‘Surjokannya (Daughter of the Sun, 1976)’ by Alamgir Kabir: Psychoanalysis of the Suppressed Desires and Fantasies of the Middle Class [সূর্যকন্যা: মধ্যবিত্তের অবদমিত আকাঙ্ক্ষা ও ফ্যান্টাসির মনোবিশ্লেষণ], Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, 8, pp.88−99, June 2015.
ISSN 2074-2134 (Written in Bangla/Bengali).Fahmida Akhter, Panning from the Past to the Present: The Climate, Context and Concept of Bangladeshi National Cinema, Shilpakala (Annual Journal), XXII, pp.49−67, 2014.
Published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts of Bangladesh).Fahmida Akhter, Framing Pain as Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Wartime Films of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, Issue 7, pp.38−50, 2014.
(ISSN 2074-2134)Fahmida Akhter, JIBON THEKEY NEYA (GLIMPSES OF LIFE, 1970): THE FIRST POLITICAL FILM IN PRE-LIBERATION BANGLADESH AND A CINEMATIC METAPHOR FOR NATIONALIST CONCERNS, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), Vol. 59, 2, pp.291−303, December, 2014.
(ISSN 1015-6836)Fahmida Akhter, Alamgir Kabir's ‘Dhirey Bahe Meghna (Quite Flows the River Meghna, 1973)’ : A Unique Cinematic Language, Consisted of Documentary and Fiction [ধীরে বহে মেঘনা: মুক্তিযুদ্ধের প্রামাণ্য ও ফিকশনের এক অদ্বৈত ভাষা], Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, Issue 5, pp.113−122., June 2012.
(ISSN 2074-2134) (Written in Bangla/Bengali).Fahmida Akhter, 'Rupali Shoikatey (The Loner, 1979)’: A Mirror of the 1960s and a Self Portrayal Film by Alamgir Kabir [ষাটের দশকের ইস্তেহার ও আলমগীর কবিরের আত্ম-আবিষ্কারের চলচ্চিত্র রূপালী সৈকতে], Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, Issue 4, pp.29−38., June 2011.
(ISSN 2074-2134) (Written in Bangla/Bengali).Fahmida Akhter, A Comparative Study Between the Theatre Archeology of the East and West: The Bharat’s Bikrishta Madhya Rangamancha and Greek Classical Theatre [ভরতের বিকৃষ্টমধ্য রঙ্গমঞ্চ ও গ্রিক ক্লাসিক্যাল মঞ্চস্থাপত্যের তুলনা চিত্র/Bharater Bikrishta Madhya Rangamancha O Greek Classical Theaterer Tulana Chitra], Theatre Studies Journal, 17, pp.55−98, Department of Drama and Dramatics, Jahangirnagar University, June 2010.
(Written in Bangla/Bengali)Fahmida Akhter, Fusion in Neo-ethnic Theatre: ‘Ekti Marma Rupkotha’ [নব্য নৃ- গোষ্ঠী নাট্যে ফিউশন: একটি মারমা রূপকথা], Theatre Studies Journal, XIV, pp.83-102, Department of Drama and Dramatics, Jahangirnagar University, June 2007.
(Written in Bangla/Bengali)
CONFERENCE PAPERFahmida Akhter, Interpretive Framework in Muktir Gaan (Song of Freedom), IAGS Conference: "Genocide and Its Prevention in the Digital Age: 21st Century Challenges", Panel on "Projections of War: Cinematic Representations of Bangladesh’s Independence", Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, 20 July, 2021. Framing Pain as Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Wartime Films of Bangladesh, CHHAYACHHABI Film Festival 2018, Department of Film and Media Studies, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Bangladesh, 29-31 October, 2018. Shilalipi and the De-aestheticization of “Woman”: the Making of a Bangladeshi Women’s Cinema, Rethinking Gender, Identity, and Popular Culture in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka: A Faculty Research Conference, SAS Conference Room, Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies,University of California, Berkeley, USA, 28 April, 2018. Panning from the Past to the Present: The Climate, Context and Concept of Bangladeshi National Cinema, 5th International Congress of Bengal Studies, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, 25-28 January, 2018.
Fahmida Akhter, The Construction of the “New Bengali Woman” in Guerrilla (2011), AMSN3 (Australian Modernist Studies Network): Modernist Work Conference, University of New South Wales, Australia, 29-31 March, 2016. Revisiting Screen Memories and the History Making Process: Women in Mainstream War Films of Bangladesh, Challenging Gender, Embracing Intersectionality? A one- day CHASE Symposium, Open University, Camden, UK., 28th November, 2015.
Fahmida Akhter, Witness, Atrocity and the ‘Spectacle’: The Aesthetic and Issues of Wartime Films of Bangladesh, Annual International Conference on Humanities and Arts in a Global World, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, 3-6 January, 2014. Diffused and Distorted Images: Representation of Women in Bangladeshi War Themed Films, Women in War and at War Conference, Aberystwyth University, UK, 11 - 12 May, 2012.
Fahmida Akhter, Women in War: Memory Making and Memory Meaning in Bangladeshi War-based Films, Mapping the Journey: Excursions in postgraduate research in Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, the annual LiFTS PhD conference, University of Essex, UK, 2012.
Fahmida Akhter; Hyun-Jung Yu, Station ID, a graphics tools for determining station character, embedded from the culture: A comparative study between Korea and Bangladesh, 6th Annual Conference of ADADA (Asia Digital Art and Design International Conference) 2008., pp.42-45, Seoul, South Korea, 2008.
BOOK CHAPTERFahmida Akhter, Zahir Raihan’s Stop Genocide (1971): A Dialectical Cinematic Message to the World, In: South Asian Filmscapes: Transregional Encounters. Edited by Elora Halim Chowdhury and Esha Niyogi De, University of Washington Press, pp.233-249, 2020.
9780295747842, View item online at JSTOR Books
BOOKFahmida Akhter, আলমগীর কবিরের চলচ্চিত্র/Alamgir Kabirer Chalachchitra [The Films of Alamgir Kabir], pp.174, 2019.
(Dhaka: Bangladesh Film Archive), ISBN 978-984-34-6862-8 (Written in Bangla/Bengali)
SEMINARFahmida Akhter, Fragmented Memory, Incomplete History: Women and Nation in the War Films of Bangladesh, Talk by Dr Fahmida Akhter, organized by Department of English, University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh, Campus B, Seminar Room, ULAB, November 30, 2017.
News link, appeared on ULAB’s web page This talk by Dr Fahmida Akhter, was on her PhD project, conducted and completed at the University of Essex, UK.Fahmida Akhter, সূর্যকন্যা: মধ্যবিত্তের অবদমিত আকাঙ্ক্ষা ও ফ্যান্টাসির সাইকো এনালাইলিসস/ ‘Surjokannya’: Moddhobitter Abodomito Akangkha O Fantacir Psychoanalysis [The Psychoanalysis of the Suppressed Desires and Fantasies of the Middle Class in ‘Surjokannya’, Research Project Seminar Funded by the Bangladesh Film Archive, Old Arts Faculty, Room 211, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh., 22 May, 2010.
A seminar under the research project entitled: "Alamgir Kabirer Chalachchitra: Bishoi, Angik O Nirman Shatontra/আলমগীর কবিরের চলচ্চিত্র: বিষয়, আঙ্গিক ও নির্মাণ স্বাতন্ত্র্য [The Films of Alamgir Kabir: Analyzing the Contents, Structure and Film-making Process]", organized by the Bangladesh Film Archive and Department of Drama and Dramatics, JU.
OTHERFahmida Akhter, Flashback: A Brief History of Cinema in Bangladesh before its Formation (1896-1970),
Celluloid, 2014, Volume 35, (3&4): 28-37 (Magazine article).Fahmida Akhter (ফাহমিদা আক্তার), সূর্যকন্যা : মধ্যবিত্তের অবদমিত আকাঙ্ক্ষা, শিল্প ও শিল্পী, তৃতীয় বর্ষ, প্রথম সংখ্যা, 2013.
(Magazine article written in Bangla).Fahmida Akhter (Direction and Script), ফেরা/ Phera [The Homecoming], a Bengal Foundation Production, 2008.
(Documentary film on Bangladeshi-Spanish artist Monirul Islam).Fahmida Akhter (Direction and Script), গড়নের গহীনে (Goroner Gohiney), A Bengal Foundation Production, 2008.
(Documentary film on Bangladeshi artist/sculptor Abdur Razzaque).Fahmida Akhter (Direction and Script as 'Fahmida Munni'), সুরের স্বজন (Shurer Swajan), A Bengal Foundation Production, 2005.
(Documentary film on singer Nilufar Yasmin).Fahmida Akhter (Direction and Script as Fahmida Munni), নিসর্গের আঁকিয়ে/Nishorger Ankieya [Ode to Nature: Portrait of an Artist], A Bengal Foundation Production, (2004).
(Documentary film on Bangladeshi painter Qayyum Chowdhury).Fahmida Akhter (As Fahmida Munni), পুতুলের প্রাণ/Putuler Pran [The Life of Puppet], Kali O Kalam, First Year, 9th Issue, pp.120-123, October, 2004.
(Magazine article, written in Bangla)Fahmida Akhter, The Theatre Production, ‘BishadShidhu' by the Group Theatre Troupe, Dhaka Padatik [পদাতিক নাট্যদলের বিষাদসিন্ধু/Padatik Nattyadaler 'BishadShindhu' ], Shamoiki, Bhorer Kagoj, 8 January 1999 (Newspaper article, written in Bangla).
|Course Code||Course Title||Semester/Year|
|DAD 101||History of World Theatre (Ancient and Medieval)||First Year [B.A. (Hons)]|
|DAD 308||Film Studies||Third Year [B.A. (Hons)]|
|DAD 519||Design Studies||M.A.|
|DAD 520||Graphic Design||M.A.|
|DAD 556||Photography and Publication||M.A.|
Period: October 2011- July 2017
PhD in Film Studies; Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Master in Technology and Development (Design),
Department: Interdisciplinary Program of Technology and Development.
Period: 1997-1998 (Session 1994-95)
MA in Drama and Dramatics, First Class First position
Period: 1992-1997 (Session 1991-92)
BA with Honours in Drama and Dramatics, 2:1st, (Secured First Place among all students)
Position: Associate Professor, Department of Drama and Dramatics
Period: November 2017− Present
Taught courses in this position:
- History of World Theatre (Ancient and Medieval) [For First Year B.A. (Hons) 2018, 2019, 2020 (ongoing)]
- Bangla Drama of Modern Age (Selective) [For Second Year B.A. (Hons) 2017]
- Film Studies [For Third Year B.A. (Hons) 2017, 2018, 2019 (ongoing)]
- Design Studies [For M.A. 2018 (ongoing)]
- Graphic Design [For M.A. 2018 (ongoing)]
- Photography and Publication [For M.A. 2016]
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Drama and Dramatics
Period: January 2010−November 2017
In this position, I supervised and taught the following BA and MA courses (modules):
- Advertisement and Theatre [For Fourth Year, B.A. (Hons)]
- Radio and Television Production [For Fourth Year, B.A. (Hons)]
- Scene Design and properties - II [For Third Year, B.A. (Hons)]
- Scene Design and Properties-1 [For Second Year, B.A. (Hons)]
- Bangla Drama of Modern Age (Selective) [For Second Year, B.A. (Hons)]
- Stage and Lighting Design [For M.A]
Position: Lecturer, Department of Drama and Dramatics
Period: June 2006 − January 2010
Supervised and taught BA and MA courses (modules) were:
*Lighting and Set Design [For Third Year, B.A. (Hons)]
*Dramatic Theories [For Third Year, B.A. (Hons)]
*Make-up and Mask Making [For Second Year, B.A. (Hons)]
*History of World Drama [For First Year, B.A. (Hons)]
*Lighting Design and sound [For M.A. Students]
*Preparation for Performance [For First year, B.A. (Hons)]
Position: Producer, Program Department
Period: November 2005−May 2006
As an in-house producer in the Program Department of the channel One, I was mainly responsible to conceptualize and produce different entertaining programs. These programs included both the regular and special days' programs for the Channel.
Some selected programs’ directed and scripted by me are mentioned below including their available online links:
'Akar Ekar': a regular quiz and game show, based on Bangla language and culture, hosted by Adnan Faruque.
‘Alpa Shalpa Galpa’: a documentary type series, focused on unexplored but success stories of different people. Find below the links of the various episodes of the show:
Episode on Cinema banners painters; Episode on Amitabh Reza; Episode on a traveller called Yves Marre and his boat collection; Episode on Gazir Pat and Patua; Episode on an autistic boy and his world of creation.
‘Notuner Utsobe’: A special day program on the celebration of Bengali New Year.
Position: Senior Assistant Director
Period: September 2003−May 2005
I was fundamentally responsible for maintaining and setting up archives and documentation department for the organization. I conceptualized, directed and scripted several documentary films on visual art, painters, significant cultural events of Bangladesh.
Find bellow, the links and titles of a few documentary films, directed and scripted by me for the Bengal Foundation:
1. 'The Homecoming' (2008) a documentary on the life and work of painter Monirul Islam.
2. 'Nishorger Ankieya’ (2004) (Ode to Nature: Portrait of an Artist), a film on the life and work of painter Qayyum Chowdhury.
3. 'Shurer Shajan’, a documentary film on the life of eminent classical singer of Bangladesh, Nilufar Yasmeen.
4. 'Goroner Gohiney', a documentary film on the life and work of late sculptor Abdur Razzaq.
5. 'A French April in Dhaka’, a film on the works and the period of residency of three French artists in Dhaka in April 2004.
6. 'Shudurer Pathik', a documentary film on the life and work of painter Rokeya Sultana.
I also coordinated the project entitled, 'Development of Theatre in Bangladesh'. At the same time, I planned and managed events organized by the Bengal Foundation.
Position: Assistant Producer, Program Department
Period: June 1999−December 2002
I directed and scripted regular and special days' programs, promos and fillers. Some selective programs, directed and scripted by me at ETV are mentioned below:
1. ‘Kenkata’, a regular lifestyle program, focusded on fashion and shopping, hosted by Jaya Ahsan.
2. ‘Shabdo Jabdo’, a serial quiz and game show on Bangla language, hosted by Suborna Mustafa.
3. ‘Priotomashu’, a regular program, centred on women's issues and success stories, hosted by Tania Ahmed.
4. ‘Chirontony’, a show based on Bangladeshi old film songs, with the participation of celebrity and audience couples.
Position: Senior Program Organizer
Period: July 1998−June 1999
Part of my main job responsibilities were to conduct and co-ordinate different training sessions and workshops for the field workers of Proshika. In addition to this, I directed numerous people’s theater in the Area Development Centers of Proshika across Bangladesh. I also monitored the People’s Cultural Programs run by the local groups in various Area Development Centers of Proshika. I assisted in the activities relating to networking between the different local cultural platforms and Proshika's own Peoples’ Cultural Programs accross Bangladesh. At the same time, I conducted feasibility studies for the upcoming programs.
Position: Associate Professor
Currently taught courses in the Department of Drama and Dramatics are:
- History of World Theatre (Ancient & Medieval) [For First year, B.A. (Hons)]
- Film Studies [For Third Year, B.A. (Hons)]
- Design Studies [For M.A]
- Graphic Design [For M.A]
- Photography and Publication [For M.A]
Position: Guest teacher
Taught course: "Literature and Film [For Second Year, B.A. (Hons)]".
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Period: Summer semester, 2021
Teaching Playwriting Course for MA