HARIS QADEER, Assistant Professor, PhD (AMU)

Assistant Professor
Office: Room no. 44
Department of English
Arts Faculty, North Campus
Meeting Hours: By Appointment
Email id: harisq.du@gmail.com


PhD (Aligarh Muslim University), MA (Aligarh Muslim University)

Areas of Interest/ Research

British Poetry, South Asian Writings in English, Writings by Indian Muslim Women, Literatures and Cultures of Indian Muslims, Progressive Writers Movement, Urdu Literature in English/Hindi translations, Naya Theatre.


My current area of interest focuses upon literature and culture of Indian Muslims. I am interested in how delineation of identity of minority community takes place in India.I am currently working on writings by Indian Muslim women. My interest in the field has resulted in conceptualization of an M Phil course: Speaking Silence: Writings by Indian Muslim Women. The course contests the assumption that Muslim women in India constitute a silent and homogeneous constituency, with specific allegiances that derive from Islam.It attempts to understand the relationship between reforms, changing cultural configuration and its impact on the writings by Muslim women.Apart from the above mentioned areas I am also interested in Progressive Writers Movement, Hindi literature and Urdu literature in translation. I translate from Urdu/Hindi to English.

Courses Taught


Indian Literature I & II

Poetry from Chaucer to Milton 

20th Century Poetry and Drama

Romantic Poetry

New Literatures in English

Novels in India


Classical to Premodern

M Phil

Speaking Silence: Writings by Indian Muslim Women


Visiting Fellow, Depatment of English, Potsdam University, Germany, 2019

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi (From 2014 -)

Taught at Department of English, AMU and School of Humanities and Social Sciences, GBU

Representative Publications:

The City and Beloved Witness: Mapping Delhi's Cityscapes in Agha Shahid Ali's Poetry, The Journal of Commonwealth, SAGE (Forthcoming)

‘Urdu Translation of Alice in Wonderland’, Alice in World of Wonders, (with SumanyuSatpathy) Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, Delaware in cooperation with the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 2015

‘Voice from Veil: Some Perspectives on the Writings of Indian Muslim Women’, Studia-Philogia, Romania. 2011

‘Neither Internee nor Informer: Seamus Heaney- The Poet, The Public Spokesman, The Anthropologistin North’, Explorations, (Vol. 21, 2010) Lahore, Pakistan.

‘Returning to Revive, Digging to Define: Early Poetry of Seamus Heaney’ Exploration, Vol. 20, 2009, Lahore, Pakistan


Translation of following short stories of Joginder Paul from Urdu to English: 'Doves' (Faaktain), ' 'Natives' (Bashindey), Free Spirit (Khulabaaz), 'Kargil', War, Jihad, etc.. (Jung, Jihad etc), and House of God (Khane-e-Khuda) for collection of short stories, edited by Sukirta Paul, Speaking Tiger, India (forthcoming)

'Sultana ka Sapna' – Hindi translation of Rokeya Hossain Sakhawat's Sultana's Dreams, Hans Hindi magazine (forthcoming) 

‘A Prostitute’s Letter: To Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Qaid-e-Azam Jinnah'- translation of Krishna Chandra’s Urdu short story ‘Ek Tawaif ka Khat : Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru aur Qaid-e-Azam Jinnah ko’, in River of Flesh and other stoires: The Prostituted Women in Indian Short Fiction, Speaking Tiger, India, 2016

Translation of two Urdu poems by Zafar Ali Khan in The Glory of India: An Anthology of Urdu Poetry in English Translation, Viva Books, India, 2016

‘Soil’- translation of Tarranum Riyaz’s Urdu short Story ‘Mitti’, in Pigeons on the Dome: Stories on Communalism/Secularism in India, Niyogi Books, India, 2015

‘The Curfew is Strict’ – translation of Anees Rafi’s Urdu short story ‘Curfew sakht hai’, in New Urdu Writings, Westland Publishers, India, 2014


"Who is telling my story?": In conversation with Shelina Jan Mohammed, Muslim Women: What Everyone Needs to Know, Viva Book, 2019

"Muslim Women Fight Back": In conversation with Miriam Cooke, Muslim Women: What Everyone Needs to Know, Viva Books, 2019

An Interview with Professor Emeritus Sylvia Vatuk,Muslim Women: What Everyone Needs to Know, Viva Book, 2019

Conference Presentations:

Mahatma in Memescape: (Un)Making of Gandhi in Participatory Digital Culture, 22-23 October, 2019, National Conference on Gandhi in Literary Imagination, Organised by Department of English, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi

Border and Belongings: Poetics and Politics of Miyan Poetry in Assam (Plenary speaker), 20-21 August, 2019, National Conference on Marginal literatures, organised by Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi 

“Where is the ground beneath our feet?”: Miyan Poetry and Politics of Othering in Assam, 5-6 May, 2019, Conference on Literature from Northeast: Texts and Contexts, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India 

Alternative Retellings: The Mahabharata and Indo-Muslim Cultures’ in International Conference on The Mahabharata and Inter-Asian Cultures, Department of English, University of Delhi, April 2017 

‘In Search of Feminine Face of Islam: Secular Safarnamas by Indian Muslim Women’, UGC-DSA Conference on Intra-Asian Travel Writings, University of Delhi, March 2017 

Rethinking Muslim Cosmopolitanism: The Idea of Ummah in Knights’ Taqwacores and JanMohammad’s Generation M’ Cosmopolitan Imagination and Genre Transactions, UGC-DAAD, University of Potsdam, Germany and University of Delhi, December, 2016. 

Rebels on the Road: English Travel Narratives by Muslim Women, International Conference on Mapping Research on Muslim Women, JMI, New Delhi

Taleem, Tehzeeb and Tarbiyat: Reading Children’s Literature in Urdu, Conference on Indian Vernaculars, University of Delhi, 2015

Revisiting Canterbury Tales: Adaptations and Appropriations, Conference on Revisiting Classics, Kashmir University, 2015

“‘Caught in the lanes of History’: Recollections of Delhi, Agha Shahid Ali’s Poetry” in National Conference of Agha Shahid Ali: Tradition and Modernity, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, March 2015 

Oral Traditions and Muslim Folklore in North India: An Overview, International Conference on Reinventing Past through Folklore, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2014 

Macaulay’s Children or Modernized Citizens: The Ambivalent Indian Attitude, National Conference, Rajasthan Association for Studies in English, JNU, Jaipur, 3-4 Nov. 2012 

Marginalized at the Centre:  Writings of the Confessional Poets, National Conference on Writings from the Margins, Gautam Buddha University, 23-24 March, 12

Poetics of Human Dignity: The Unheard Voices from Guantanamo in International Conference on The Marginalized and Excluded in Society, Gautam Buddha University, 2012

Invited Talks 

Urban Folk and Nontraditionality in Habib Tanvir’s Naya Theatre, 4 April, 2019, Department of English, Sharda University, Greater Noida

Literary Cartographies: Delhi and its Imagination”, 5 June, 2019, Potsdam University, Germany

Hybridity, Identity and Islam: Understanding Ummah in Works of Contemporary Muslim Authors, 19 June, 2019, Potsdam University, Germany

Invited Lectures on English Language and Soft Skills, National Institute of Technology, Haryana, 2018

Public talk on ‘Pleasures of Union in Separation: The Personal and Political in Ghalib’s Letters, 2018, Jindal Global University, India

Panelist, Tazkira-e-Tarjuma, Adab Urdu Literature Festival 2018,Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi

Panelist, Apeejay Language Festival – 2016, New Delhi

Panelist, Discussion on ‘Naiyer Masood’s Fiction’ Hindustan Awaaz,2015 Plenary Speaker, National Conference on Revisiting Classics in a Post Secular World, University of Kashmir, 2015

Plenary Speaker, National Conference organized by English Language Teaching Institute, Bikaner, Rajasthan, 2013