Rethinking Gender, Identity, and Popular Culture in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka: A Faculty Research Conference

Lecture | April 28 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Bokhtiar Ahmed, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi; Fhamida Yasmin, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Dhaka; Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor of Anthropology, BRAC University; Kajalie Shehreen Islam, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka; Janaki Jayawardena, Lecturer of History, University of Colombo; Khadija Mitu, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Chittagong; Mahruba Mowtushi, Associate Professor of English, ULAB; Fahmida Akhter, Associate Professor of Drama and Dramatics, Jahangirnagar University; Harisur Rahman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sociology, North South University

 Golam Mathbor, Professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA; Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Jason Cons, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin; Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Angana Chatterji, Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Project and Visiting Research Anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley; Jeanne Marecek, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Swarthmore College; Frank Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Boston University; Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College; Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and South & Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley in partnership with the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), is delighted to welcome nine faculty members from top universities in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to be in residence for one week at the Chowdhury Center and participate in a program focused on academic writing and publishing. The week-long residency culminates in a conference where these visiting faculty present their papers in progress. The final product, as a result of this workshop, will be an academic paper that can be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.

AGENDA

9:30 a.m.:
Welcome and opening remarks
Sanchita Saxena and Golam Mathbor

10-10:30 a.m.:
Bokhtiar Ahmed, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi
Representing the Rohingya: A Critique of Identity Discourse and Historical Convictions on the Ethnocide
(Jason Cons, Discussant)

10:30-11 a.m.:
Fhamida Yasmin, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Dhaka.
The Intertwined Relationship between Flood, Livelihood, and Gender in Two Bangladeshi Villages
(Golam Mathbor, Discussant)

11-11:15: Break

11:15-11:45 a.m.:
Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor of Anthropology, BRAC University
Women’s Agency within Left Political Parties, Sisterhood and the Birth of Feminist organizations in Bangladesh
(Raka Ray, Discusssant)

11:45-12:15 p.m.:
Kajalie Shehreen Islam, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka
Hate Speech as Political Communication: The media framing of the Hindu Other in wartime East Pakistan
(Angana Chatterji, Discussant)

12:15-12:45 p.m.:
Janaki Jayawardena, Lecturer of History, University of Colombo
Believing in Democracy: thoughts of women on democracy and political participation in Sri Lanka
(Jeanne Marecek, Discussant)

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30-2 p.m.:
Khadija Mitu, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Chittagong
Managing Self and Making Reproductive Choice for the Future: Contextualizing the Practices of New Medical Technologies for Freezing Gametes
(Jeanne Marecek, Discussant)

2-2:30 p.m.:
Mahruba Mowtushi, Associate Professor of English, ULAB
‘The air we breathe, a forgotten colour’:A surrealist enquiry into memories and meanderings of the exilic self in selected poems of Rajat Neogy
(Frank Korom, Discussant)

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45-3:15 p.m.:
Fahmida Akhter, Associate Professor of Drama and Dramatics, Jahangirnagar University
Shilalipi and the de-aestheticization of ‘woman’: the making of a Bangladeshi women’s cinema
(Sufia Uddin, Discussant)

3:15-3:45 p.m.:
Harisur Rahman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sociology, North South University
From Partition to Hegemony: Bangladesh and Bangladeshi Films in the South Asian Context
(Lawrence Cohen, Discussant)

3:45-4 p.m.:
Wrap Up, Closing Remarks

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