Professor Anisuzzaman, Academic President,
2nd International Congress of Bengal Studies
Anisuzzaman (1937) has taught in the University of Dhaka and is currently a Professor Emeritus of the University of Dhaka and the President of Bangla Academy, Dhaka. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at the University of London, and Visiting Fellow at the University of Paris. He was a member of the Planning commission to the Government of Bangladesh during the Liberation War and was in charge of the Bengali Language part of the Constitution of Bangladesh. He has published in both Bengali and English. Among these the most notable are Muslim-manas O Bangla Sahitya (1964), Factory Correspondence and other Bengali Documents in the India Office Library and Records (1981), Purono Bangla Gadya (1984), Creativity, Identity, Religion and Recent History (1994), and Bangali Nari: Sahitye O Samaje (2000). As the editor of the two volumes of the History of Bengali Literature published from the Bangla Academy, Dhaka, he has contributed in developing a new historiography of Bengali Literature. He has received the Bangla Academy Award from Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Iswarchandra Vidyasagar Plaque from the Asiatic Society of Kolkata, Padma Bhushan from the Government of India and Independence Day Award from the Government of Bangladesh.