Shahnaz Bashir


Shahnaz Bashir is a doctoral student and teaching associate in Communication at UMass. He was born and brought up in Kashmir. He holds a Master’s degree with Rank 1: University Gold Medal and Award of Merit in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Kashmir. He indulges in problematizing various “realities” and constructs of mass media and communication systems. Methodologically, Shahnaz is seeking a confluence of creative and critical aspects of communication, a convergence of practice and theory, and artistic and analytical ways to perform research. But all that is just a raw outline of what may get shaped into some useful study.  He is @ShahnazBashirH on Twitter, Shahnaz Bashir on Facebook and ShahnazBashir.Official on Instagram.


His broad research interests are performance studies, ethnography and autoethnography, theorised ekphrasis of media imagery, narratology, film studies, framing, agenda-setting, media-effects and fake-news in digital and other media spaces.  


He is the author of two award-winning books The Half Mother (Hachette, 2014) and Scattered Souls (HarperCollins, 2016). Besides, his ethnographic essays have been anthologised in various collections/books. His latest work is an ekphrastic essay on the Palladium Cinema of Kashmir. His forthcoming book is The Disease—a novel.   


Shahnaz was awarded the Research and Leadership (REAL) summer Fellowship by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.