South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Fall 2013

Bangladesh Conference Poster

Contested Pasts, Competing Futures:
A workshop on Bangladesh's history, culture and politics

Sunday October 13, 9:00am-5:00pm
Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

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. This workshop 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. 

For conference program click here.


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 at UT-Austin and Amherst College, MA