Dr. Golam Rabbani is a researcher, educator, performer, and amateur writer living in Canada, and currently teaching as an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Industries, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Before joining TMU, he taught at Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and School for Studies in Arts and Culture, Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies, and his doctoral project was funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship Award, in the Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He taught courses of music, creative industries, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, religion, literary studies, film, and English language skills (ESL/EAL) at universities for more than fourteen years. His research publications and interests follow interdisciplinary studies, including creative and culture industries, ethnomusicology, Western and non-Western cultural texts, social/cultural theory and philosophy, and language skills. He is also working as a casual Inclusion Coach responsible for implementing equity, diversity and inclusion for academic and non-academic institutions.
Apart from journal articles and conferences, Dr. Rabbani is currently shaping two book projects on South Asian cultural texts, tentatively titled, ‘From the Poles of South Asia’ and ‘Music, Literature, and Commerce.’ His PhD project examined the popular culture industries and investigated spirituality, literature and music of Bauls, the heterogeneous groups of itinerant minstrels/philosophers in Bangladesh. The study discussed the influence of commodification, consumer capitalism, and agency in the changes of Baul literature, music, and spiritual beliefs in urban and rural areas of the country. He is trained in Baul and Bengali folk music and Indian classical music and was involved in experiential learning with Baul communities since his childhood. He is also involved in various creative projects both in Canada and Bangladesh.
Dr. Rabbani is a first-generation immigrant in Canada. He grew up in Bangladesh and taught and continued research in several universities in Dhaka.
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