Instructor: Azfar Hussain, PhD
Course Description: Prof. Azfar Hussain is one of the world's leading public and academic intellectuals. This seminar will give you an opportunity to learn from and interact with what many describe him as "A poetic genius of our age."
Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive. You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. Earn 5 GCAS Silver tokens, and receive one Gold GCAS Token plus a free course. 2 Gold GCAS Tokens = 1 Platinum GCAS Token. 1 Platinum Token = 100 GCAS Dollars. GCAS Dollars are for you to use to purchase GCAS books and other goods we'll sell starting in our online bookstore starting January, 2018. In addition to a school we're starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!
To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. Respond to the lecture or respond to someone else's response and help create the conversation inside the online classroom. You can also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).
Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it's not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.
Schedule and meeting times: Forthcoming Spring, 2018
How to use and join our platform:
We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB).
Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. (http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas/) > Sign-in > Select your course's Classroom name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505
Here’s a tutorial for Big Blue Button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHTZvbL1NT4
We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.
Azfar Hussain is Vice President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies and GCAS Professor of English, World Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a prominent Bangladeshi theorist, critic, poet, translator, and activist. Hussain is also Associate Professor of Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, while he has taught English and World Literature, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, and Cultural Studies at Washington State University, Bowling Green State University, and Oklahoma State University as well. In Bangladesh, he had worked as a national weekly magazine editor, a member of a national-level left activist alliance, and as a university professor before he came to the United States.
Azfar Hussain has published—in both English and Bengali—hundreds of academic, popular, and creative pieces, including translations from several non-western languages. He has written on a wide range of topics in such areas as “third-world” Marxisms, critical theory, cultural politics, political economy, and theories and practices of interdisciplinarity, while he has also written on certain aspects of the literatures of Asia, Africa, and Latin America and on such figures as Antonio Gramsci, W.E.B Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Maulana Bhasani, and Begum Rokeya, to mention but a few.
The author of the books The Wor(l)d in Question: Essays in Political Economy and Cultural Politics (Dhaka: Samhati Publications, 2008) and The Politics of Sites, Subjects, and Scenes: Micronarratives and Essays (forthcoming), Hussain has edited numerous issues of journals and magazines both in the US and outside it. Azfar Hussain is currently working on several books in both English and Bengali, a few of which are tentatively titledTowards a Political Economy of Land, Labor, Language, and the Body; Decolonizing Comparative Literature; and Marxisms in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Further, his books in Bengali that are currently in press include Samrajjobad o Sanskritik Rajniti (Imperialism and Cultural Politics);Pothon: Shobdo o Noishobder Rajniti (Readings: The Politics of Sounds and Silences); Keramatnama (Keramat’s Chronicles); and Chinho Bhashey Obosheshey (Signs Float At Last).