My name is Golam Rabbani, and I am a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. I also taught cultural studies theory and literature and worked as a researcher in universities for more than seven years in Bangladesh. I have a variety of research interests including Baul literature and music, ethnomusicology, mysticism and erotic mysticism, cognitive approaches to literature, ecocriticism and ecomusicology, postcolonial theory and literature, American literature, literary and cultural theory, and popular culture. My research project in Queen’s concentrates on a number of arguments while critically examines the philosophical songs, music and practices of Baul community, a somewhat marginalised community of mystic minstrels and folk singers in Bangladesh. The project presents an intersection of literature, ethnomusicology, esoteric and mystic philosophy, and popular culture. Some of my recent publications and conference papers discuss ecocritical and cognitive thoughts and activities in Baul song-lyrics and culture, body and soul in novels on neuroscience, evolutionary criticism and Darwinism in American novels, pedophilia and voyeurism in films, expressionism and naturalism in theatrical plays, and so forth. I presented my research papers in many conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. I also gave lectures on South Asian literature and folklore in many European universities. I completed my BA and MA in English from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. I won the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship for two years to study in Europe and completed my second MA in English literature, linguistics, and cultural theory from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. I received my signing lessons on Bangladeshi folk and Indian classical music from Chhayanat, a renowned music institution in Bangladesh.
My web: www.golamrabbani.net (under construction)