Salimullah Khan felicitated
Famed writer, intellectual and critic Salimullah Khan received Loke Literary Award 2017 at a sward giving ceremony held on December 3 at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in the city.
Loke, a literary magazine, honoured Salimullah Khan with the award, which was introduced in 2009 by the magazine marking its tenth anniversary. Till date the magazine has honoured Chanchal Ashraf, Kumar Chakrabarti, Mujib Mehedi, Mahbub Kabir, Imtiar Shamim, Kamruzzaman Kamu, Subrata Augustin Gomes and others with the award.
Salimullah Khan is a Bangladeshi writer, thinker, critic, and public intellectual. Regarded as an eminent thinker of Bangladesh, Khan explores national and international politics and culture using Marxist and Lacanian theories. Informed and influenced by Ahmed Sofa's thoughts, his exploration of Bangladesh's politics and culture has a significant following among the country's young generation of writers and thinkers.
Khan translated the works of Plato, James Rennell, Charles Baudelaire, Frantz Fanon, Dorothee Sölle into Bengali. In Bangladesh, he is a regular guest in talk shows on national and international political issues.
A proponent of anti-colonial movements, Khan has engagements in the global and regional political economy and culture from a Lacanian-Marxist perspective. A critic of Western interventionism, Salimullah Khan analyzes Western thought and discourse through critical scrutiny of the colonial and imperial legacy of the West. From this perspective, he has written on the works of Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Frantz Fanon, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Edward Said, Aime Cesaire, Talal Asad and many others. Since 1997, his engagement with Freud and Lacan has made him use psychoanalysis to explore Bangladesh's politics and culture and also international issues. He also wrote two books on Freudo-Lacanian philosophy: Freud Porar Bhumika, and Ami Tumi She.