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Dr Maryam Mirza

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor in the Department of English StudiesRoom 266, Elvet Riverside 2 


Academic Bio

I am Associate Professor of South Asian Literature. I received my PhD from Aix-Marseille University in 2012 and joined Durham University in September 2018. I have held an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bonn as well as a BeIPD-COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Liege. I was also the recipient of a Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Visiting Fellowship which was held at Newcastle University. I have taught at several universities and colleges in Pakistan, including Kinnaird College for Women and the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Office Hour (2022/2023):

1:30-2:30, Monday afternoons via Zoom.

Please email for an appointment.


ER 266, Elvet Riverside 2

Telephone: +44 (0) 1913344335


My research interests lie at the intersection of South Asian postcolonial literature, gender studies, sociology, political philosophy and economics.

My second monograph entitled Resistance and Its Discontents in South Asian Women's Fiction is forthcoming from Manchester University Press; it explores the theme of resistance through the lens of Anglophone fiction by contemporary writers such as Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie, Manju Kapur, Tahmima Anam, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Meena Kandasamy.

Teaching (2022/2023):

During the Michaelmas Term, I will be convening the Level 3 Resistance in South Asian Postcolonial Literature seminar module as well as the Level 2 Postcolonial and World Literatures lecture module. I will also be lecturing on the Post-War Fiction and Poetry module. 

I will be on research leave in Epiphany 2023.


Authored book

Book review

  • Mirza, Maryam (Published). ‘Precarious Beings and Impossible Dreams.’ Review of What Will You Give for This Beauty? by Ali Akbar Natiq.

Chapter in book

Edited Journal

  • Mirza, M., Herbillion, M & Belleflamme, V-A. (2017). Australia-South Asia: Contestations and Remonstrances. Special Issue. The Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia, 8 (2).

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Koshy,M. & Mirza, M. (Accepted). Reading, Writing and the Contours of Power: Mridula Koshy Speaks to Maryam Mirza.
  • Ahmad, R. & Mirza, M. (2018). ‘Genres, Languages, Voices: Rukhsana Ahmad in Conversation with Maryam Mirza’.
  • Pirbhai, M. & Mirza, M. (2018). ‘Remapping Canada: An Interview with Mariam Pirbhai’.

Supervision students