New Directions in Bangladesh Studies: Recent Scholarship and New Publications

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 3-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley; Nusrat S. Chowdhury, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College; Tariq Omar Ali, Associate Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

 Charles Hirschkind, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Art History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Department of English, Masters of Development Practice, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Economics, Department of History

UC Berkeley's Institute for South Asia Studies and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies are delighted to host a panel discussion on recent scholarship on Bangladesh-related studies with Nusrat S. Chowdhury, Tariq Omar Ali, and Poulomi Saha.

The afternoon will include a book launch of Prof. Poulomi Saha's new publication, An Empire of Touch: Women's Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal (Columbia U Press, 2019).

AGENDA

3 pm: Nusrat S. Chowdhury: Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh (Stanford U Press 2019)
Respondent: Charles Hirschkind

4 pm: Tariq Omar Ali: A Local History of Global Capital: Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta (Princeton U Press, 2018)
Respondent: Abhishek Kaicker

5 pm: Poulomi Saha: An Empire of Touch: Women's Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal(Columbia U Press, 2019)
Respondent: Julia Bryan-Wilson

6 pm: Reception

AUTHOR BIOS
Nusrat S. Chowdhury is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College. She teaches and writes on popular sovereignty and political communication with particular focus on Bangladesh. She is also interested in cultures of protest, populism, resource politics, and old and new technologies of surveillance. Her book, Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh (Stanford U Press 2019) makes an original case for the crowd as a defining feature and a foundational force of democratic practices in and beyond South Asia. More on the book HERE.

Tariq Omar Ali is Associate Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He teaches and writes on east Bengal during the colonial period, particularly on the Bengal delta's integration into global circuits of commodity and capital. He is also interested in how the discourse and practice of rural development and agrarian modernization informed processes of nation and state formation in post-colonial East Pakistan between 1947 and 1971. Prof. Ali's book A Local History of Global Capital: Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta (Princeton U Press, 2018) traces how jute bound the Bengal delta's peasantry to turbulent global capital, and how global commodity markets shaped everyday peasant life and determined the difference between prosperity and poverty, survival and starvation. More on the book HERE.

Poulomi Saha is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is affiliated faculty in the Programs in Critical Theory and Gender and Women’s Studies, and teaches courses in postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality theory, and ethnic American literature. Her book, An Empire of Touch: Women's Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal(Columbia U Press, 2019), offers an innovative account of women’s political labor in East Bengal over more than a century, and through a material account of text and textile, crafts a new narrative of gendered political labor under empire. More on the book HERE.

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Event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.

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PARKING INFORMATION
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DIRECTIONS
We are located at 10 Stephens Hall on UC Berkeley's campus. Please click this Google Maps Link and enter your point of departure.

 chowdhury-center@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3608