Name: Dr. Aroosa Kanwal
Designation: Associate Professor
Department: Department of English


PhD in English ( Lancaster University, UK, 2013)

MPhil English  (International Islamic University, Islamabad, 2008)         

MA English  (International Islamic University, Pakistan, 1999)


BSc    ( Punjab University. Pakistan , 1995)

Phone: +92-51 9064-3081
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

I welcome thesis supervision in the following areas:

Post-9/11 constructions of Muslims and Islam in relation to Islamophobic discourse, politics of representation, and questions of migration, borders, identity and resistance in contemporary Pakistani Anglophone writings and Arab anglophone writing, Middle East literature; Pakistani/Muslim popular genre; post-humanist postcolonialism



(International Publications - WOS and Scopus indexed)



 Rehumanizing Muslim Subjectivities: Postcolonial Geographies, Postcolonial Ethics  (Routledge, 2024, UK)

 Contemporary Pakistani Speculative Fiction and the Global Imaginary: Democratising Human Futures (Routledge, 2023)

The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing ed. by Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam. (Routledge, 2019; 1 citation)

Rethinking Identities in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction: Beyond 9/11. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. (won Coca Cola –KLF award for best non-fiction book of the year 2015). (132 citations)


Book Chapters


“Brand Pakistan: The Case of Pakistani Anglophone Literary Canon” in Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Literature ed. by Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam. UK: Routledge, 2019.


“After 9/11: Islamophobia in Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows” in Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora: Secularism, Religion, Representations ed. by Claire Chambers and Caroline Herbert. UK: Routledge, 2014.


“After 9/11: Trauma, Memory, Melancholia and National Consciousness” in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts 2011 ed. by Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.


Journal Publications


“No Bodies: The Spectre of an Unjust War in Kashmir.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 24:4(2021) 516-532 (Routledge, impact factor 0.386; WOS/Scopus; W category, HEC Recognized)


“Dreaming with Drones: Palestine Under the Shadow of Unseen War.” Journal of Commonwealth Literatures. (Sage Journals, 57:1 (2022): 240-258; impact factor 0.280; WOS/Scopus; W category, HEC Recognized)


“Transphobia to Transrespect: Undoing Hijraism Through Rehumanization of Khwaja Siras in Pakistani TV Dramas.” Journal of Gender Studies, 29:8 (2020): 949-961, (Routledge, UK, 2020, impact factor: 1.585; WOS/Scopus; W category, HEC Recognized)


“Apology or no Apology: Indigenous Models of Subjection and Emancipation in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction” Journal of International Women’s Studies. 19:6 (2018) 118-131. (ISSN 1539-8706) (WOS/Scopus W category)


“Animals as Intentional Political Agents and God’s Warriors in Sign-themed Quranic Narratives.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology (Under review; Scopus; W category, HEC Recognized) 


“(Re)Mapping Peshawar: Palimpsest Preservation through Rhetoric of Walking.” PalArch’s Journal of Archeology of Egypt, 18:4 (2021): 4829-4843 (Scopus; Y category, HEC Recognized)

“Surah al Shams: Divinity, Material Agency and Human Cognition.” Psychology and Education, 58:2 (2021): 10983-10988. (Scopus; Y category, HEC Recognized)


“Cartographies of Khwaja Siras: Psychological Perspectives in Building Trans-inclusive Workspaces.” Psychology and Education 58:3:(2021): 2159-2166 (Scopus; Y category HEC Recognized)


“Material Agency in the Writings of Shadab Zeest Hashmi: A Transcorporeal Sherbet.”

PalArch’s Journal of Archeology of Egypt, 17:11 (2020): 446-456 (Scopus; Y category, HEC Recognized)


“Telling the Jewish American Story: Exile, Guilt and Identity in Contemporary Jewish American Fiction.” PalArch’s Journal of Archeology of Egypt, 18:3 (2021): 4643-4653 (Scopus; Y category HEC Recognized)


“Self-Orientalization or Revival of Faith: The Politics of Sacred and Secular in Aslam’s fiction.” PalArch’s Journal of Archeology of Egypt, 18:2 (2021): 628-636 (Scopus; Y category HEC Recognized)


“Post-9/11 Melancholic Identities: Memory, Mourning and National Consciousness.” Psychology and Education 58:3 (2021): 2237-2241. (Scopus; Y category HEC Recognized) DOI:



Interviews and Invited essays


 “From a Ruin of Empire: An Interview with Uzma Aslam Khan” Aroosa Kanwal

The South East Review, 2019.


Kanwal, Aroosa. “Home Fire”. The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2021 []



(National publications)


Journal Articles


“Pakistani Speculative Fiction: Origins, Contestations, Horizons.” International Review of Social Sciences, 9:3 (2021):244-251 (ISSN: 2309-0081)


“Contesting Familial Bonds: (Af)filiative Relationships in Pakistani Anglophone Writing.” Journal of Critical Inquiry, NUML 18:1 (2020): 1-11 (ISSN 2222-5706)


“Quantising the Audience Role: Experimental Drama of Beckett and Brecht.” Kashmir Journal of Language Research 21:2 (2018):15-26 (ISSN-1028-6640)


Being-in-the-World: A Gestaltist View of Beckett’s Dramatic Theory.” Kashmir Journal of Language Research 19:2 (2016): 121-130 (ISSN-1028-6640)



Keynote Address, “Pakistani Fantasika: Technology, Myth and the Muslim.” Two-Day International Conference on Alternative Epistemes and Counter-Narratives. NUML, Islamabad. 13-14 February, 2024. 


Kanwal, A. Panel Discussion “The Artistic Tightrope: Creative Freedom v/s Social and Cultural Sensitivities”. Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, December, 2023.


Invited Speaker, Panel discussion on “Prose and Poetry: Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English” at Islamabad Literature Festival, November, 2023.


Kanwal, A. Invited talk. “Contemporary Pakistani Speculative fiction and the Global Imaginary”.  The Centre for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University. 23 October, 2023.

Kanwal, A. Miracle, Marvel or Abomination? Re-conceptualising Djinn, Posthumanism and Islam in the Daevabad Trilogy. “Muslim Women Popular Fiction Network Conference” at Birmingham University, UK. 5-9 September, 2023. 


Invited speaker, Pakistani Speculative Literature: Origins, Horizons, Contestations, Workshop at Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue, 15-17 March, 2023.


Invited speaker, Panel Discussion “Genres in Crisis”, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad. 10 March, 2023.


Co-Investigator and Node Leader Pakistan, Organiser, ‘Pakistan Workshop’, AHRC-Funded multinational Project Muslim Women Popular Genre Network, International Islamic University, Islamabad. 13-14 December, 2022. 


   Keynote Address, Frozen Grief: Muslim Geographies of Invisibility     and Silence, Post-Millenial MENAWA Conference, Lancaster                  University UK. 22 June, 2022.


Invited speaker at Islamabad Literature Festival, 2021 for panel on ‘Mapping Pakistani Anglophone Literary Landscape.” October 2021. 


Kanwal, A. Do Muslim Women Need Saving?: Mardaani Mitris and Pakistani Speculative Fiction. GIFCon 2021, “Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations: Beyond the Anglocentric Fantastic” at Glasgow, UK. April 2021.


Kanwal, A. Palestine Under the Shadow of the Drone. “Aesthetics of Drone Warfare Conference” at the University of Sheffield, UK. January 2020. 


Invited speaker at The Teesside University, UK. “Bodies that don’t Count: Horrorism and Politics of Invisibility in Kashmir.” December 2019. 


Kanwal, A. Bodies that don’t Count: Horrorism and Politics of Invisibility in Kashmir. Open Seminar at The University of Lancaster, UK. November 2019. 


Kanwal, A. No-Bodies: The Spectres of Unjust War in Kashmir. “Postcolonial Studies Association Convention” at The University of Manchester, UK. September 2019. 


Kanwal, A. Challenges of Glocal Restructuring and the Canon Controversy. “Local Cities, Foreign Capitals: Finding the Local Anchor in the Global Cultures” at International Islamic University, Islamabad. October 2017. 


Invited speaker at WISH University, Islamabad. “Pakistani Anglophone Literature: The Making of the Canon.” April 2017. 


Kanwal, A. (2017) Pakistani Literature in English: The Canon Controversy. Literature Carnival, Allama Iqbal Open University. April 2017. 


Invited speaker at Islamabad Literature Festival, 2017 for Muneeza Shamsie’s book Launch, Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in English, April 2017. 


Kanwal, A. (2016) Self- Orientalization or Revival of Faith: The Politics of Sacred and Religious in Aslam’s Fiction. “The New Global City Conference” at University of North Carolina, Wilmington. USA. May 2016. 


Invited speaker at Islamabad Literature Festival, 2016 for panel on ‘Pakistani English Literature: New Books, New Writers, New Directions.’ April 2016. 


Guest speaker for Book Launch Rethinking Identities in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction: Beyond 9/11 at Islamabad Literature Festival. April 2016.


Kanwal, A. (2015) Women of Colour and Media: Images and Reality. Third World Women and Politics of Feminism Conference at Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan. April 2015. 


Kanwal, A. (2013) Deconstructing New Pakistani Literature: Boom or Bust. British Association for South Asian Studies Annual Conference at Leeds University, UK. April 2013.


Kanwal, A. (2011) After 9/11: Islamophobia in Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows. BASAS British Association for South Asian Studies Annual Conference at Leeds University, UK.


Kanwal, A. (2011) After 9/11: Trauma, Memory, Melancholia and National Consciousness. 4th International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts at Lincoln University, UK. May 2011. 


Kanwal, A. (2011) Constructing Cyber-identities: Transnational Diaspora Linkages in Kamila Shamsie’s Kartography.SOAS conference “Travelling Towards Home: Mobilities and Home Making” at London University, UK. June 2011. 


Kanwal, A. (2007) Teaching Integrated Language Skills through Poetry. 23rd International ELT Conference of SPELT at Fatima Jinnah University, Pakistan. 2007.


Seminar Talk at Lancaster University, UK on ‘Lost Home or Regained Paradise: The Diasporic Vision of Homeland in Kamila Shamsie’s Novels’. June 2010.


Seminar Talk at International Islamic University, Islamabad on ‘Pakistani Literature in English’. April 2014. 


Invited speaker at WISH University, Islamabad. ‘Imagining Muslims: Islam and Muslim Identities in Hanif Kureishi’s My Son the Fanatic.’ March 2014. 

“Muslim Women’s Popular Fiction” (Co-Investigator and Node Leader, Pakistan) AHRC-funded project (2021-2024). Collaboration between Node Leaders from the USA, the UK, Hong Kong, Turkey and Pakistan.  (£ 44996.45)

Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, 45320, Pakistan.
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