Abu Jafar Md. Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan



Dr. Abu Jafar Md. Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan is a Professor of film and media studies at the University of Dhaka. He is the founder of the Department of Television, Film and Photography, a vibrant and ever-expanding academic Department at the University of Dhaka. He is also the first Provost of the Bijoy Ekattor Hall, the most magnificent student dormitory on the Dhaka University campus. He taught at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada for several years.

Biography:

Dr. Abu Jafar Md. Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan is a Professor of film and media studies at the University of Dhaka. He is the founder of the Department of Television, Film and Photography, a vibrant and ever-expanding academic Department at the University of Dhaka. He is also the first Provost of the Bijoy Ekattor Hall, the most magnificent student dormitory on Dhaka University campus equipped with all kinds of modern facilities such as career and counselling services, gymnasium, and IT training facilities. Before founding the Department of Television and Film Studies (Now the Department of Television, Film and Photography) in 2012, Professor Bhuiyan taught at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Dhaka for many years. He also taught at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada for several years. Before joining the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism in 1997, he was a journalist. He worked in the national news agency BSS, the Financial Express, and the New Nation.

His research interests include political economy of communication, political cinema, South Asian film and Media, Media Policy and Internet Governance, and social implications of new media technologies. He has written numerous research articles on media and society in leading national and international journals including the International Communication Gazette, The Information Society, and Journal of International Communication. His book titled Internet Governance and the Global South: Demand for New Framework published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 is perhaps the first book-length treatment of global Internet politics from the perspective of the global south. His edited book titled Krishi Sangbadikota (Agriculture Journalism) written in Bengali and published in 2016 is a well-researched and comprehensive textbook for journalism students across universities in Bangladesh.

He has been a jury on the Jury Board for the National Film Award for the last several years. He is an expert member of many media policy-making bodies of the Government of Bangladesh. As an activist intellectual, he writes regular columns on leading newspapers such as The Daily Star and news portals such as bdnews24.com on political, social and cultural issues and feature on television talk shows to analyze political issues and media as well as cultural policy. As an elected representative of the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), Professor Bhuiyan also leads and participates in different progressive social movements.

He also works as a consultant with UNESCO and Catalyst on media, information and public policy-related projects. He has designed and established two cutting-edge media teaching facilities on the DU campus—television station and animation lab, obtaining funds under the Higher Education Quality Enhance Project (HEQEP) of the University Grants Commission and from the ICT Ministry respectively. He is also the initiator of two online televisions: Dhaka University Television (DUTV) and American International University of Bangladesh television (AIUBTV).

Professor Bhuiyan was born in a middle-class family. His father was a manager at the Bangladesh Muktijuddha Kalyan Trust (Bangladesh Freedom Fighters’ Welfare Trust). He is the eldest son of Md. Shahjahan Bhuiyan and Ayesha Khatun and have three siblings. He is married to Dr. Farhana Begum, a professor of anthropology at the University of Dhaka. He has a son.

Professor Bhuiyan grew up in Dhaka city and studied Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Dhaka. He did his BA (Honors) and MA in Mass Communication and Journalism, obtaining first-class first positions in both examinations. He received three gold medals for his outstanding results in BA and MA examinations. He did his second MA in communication at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ontario, Canada on a Commonwealth Scholarship. He did his PhD in media studies at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He secured many scholarships during his PhD studies including the prestigious CanWest Global Fellowship.