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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Bangladesh: Contested Pasts, Competing Futures

Sun, October 13, 2013 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

A Workshop on Bangladesh's history, culture and politics




The scholarship on Bangladesh now boasts a variety and depth that is worthy of the complexities of the nation’s history, culture, and politics. Bangladesh as a unit of study demands a rethinking of many of the terms that dictate the field of South Asian Studies. Scholars are engaging with those very categories to productive and exciting ends. The one-day workshop titled, “Bangladesh: Contested Pasts, Competing Futures” (University of Texas at Austin, October 13, 2013), will offer a platform for sharing this emergent body of work. These are exciting times in the field as scholars are challenging the dominant frameworks of development, Islam, and 1971 by reframing their questions and categories of analysis. In the process they are pushing the boundaries of such disciplines as anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. The aim of the workshop is to recognize this moment by bringing academics from different generations, disciplines, and thematic interests into a productive dialogue.


Ali, Tariq Omar (Univeristy of Illinois, Urbana)

Bose, Neilesh (University of North Texas)

Chowdhury, Nusrat (Amherst College)

Cons, Jason (Bucknell University)

Feldman, Shelly (Cornell University)

Hoek, Lotte (University of Edinburgh)

Hussain, Delwar (University of Edinburgh)

Islam, Mohd. Amirul (AIBS, Dhaka)

Khan, Naveeda (Johns Hopkins University)

Riaz, Ali (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.)

Sabur, Seuty (BRAC University, Dhaka)

Siddiqi, Dina (BRAC University, Dhaka)

Shehabuddin, Elora (Rice University)

Sponsored by: The South Asia Institute and Amherst College, MA

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