Azfar Hussain

Azfar Hussain is the Vice President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies and a Professor of English, World Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a renowned Bangladeshi theorist, critic, poet, translator, and activist. 

Hussain is also an Associate Professor of Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, having previously taught English and World Literature, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, and Cultural Studies at Washington State University, Bowling Green State University, and Oklahoma State University. 

Prior to moving to the United States, he worked in Bangladesh as a national weekly magazine editor, a member of a national-level left activist coalition, and a university lecturer.

Azfar Hussain has written hundreds of academic, popular, and artistic works in both English and Bengali, as well as translations from other non-Western languages. 

He has written on a wide range of topics, including “third-world” Marxisms, critical theory, cultural politics, political economy, and theories and practices of interdisciplinarity, as well as certain aspects of Asian, African, and Latin American literatures and figures such as Antonio Gramsci, W.E.B Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Maulana Bhasani, and Begum Rokeya, to name a few.

Hussain, the author of The World in Question: Essays in Political Economy and Cultural Politics and The Politics of Sites, Subjects, and Scenes: Micronarratives and Essays (forthcoming), has edited numerous issues of journals and magazines in the United States and elsewhere. 

Azfar Hussain is now writing on numerous publications in both English and Bengali, including Towards a Political Economy of Land, Labor, Language, and the Body; Decolonizing Comparative Literature; and Marxisms in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

His current Bengali books include Samrajjobad o Sanskritik Rajniti (Imperialism and Cultural Politics), Pothon: Shobdo o Noishobder Rajniti (Readings: The Politics of Sounds and Silences), Keramatnama Chinho Bhashey Obosheshey (Signs Float At Last).

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