NASIR UDDIN, PhD
Professor of Anthropology
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Chittagong
Chittagong-4331, Bangladesh
Email: nasir.anthro@cu.ac.bd
Web: nasiruddinbd.com

Professional positions held:

  • Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong (From October, 2013 to date)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford, UK (From 10/18-12/18)
  • Research Consultant, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK (From 08/18-03/2019)
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics (LSE) (From 01/14-03/14)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (From 12/12-11/13)
  • Visiting Fellow, Anthropology at South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany (November 2013)
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands (May, 2013).
  • Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong (From 10/2009 to 10/2012)
  • Affiliated Fellow, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India (From 1/2011 to 4/2011)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong (From 5/2009 to 10/2013)
  • British Academy Visiting Scholar, University of Hull, UK (From 6/2009 to 9/2009)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, (From 4/2004 to 5/2009)
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University (From 10/2004 to 3/2008)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, (From 8/2003 to 9/ 2004)
  • Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong (From 1/ 2001 to 7/ 2003)

State of education:

  • Post-Doctorate (2014) Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics (LSE), UK
    • Research Project: Indigenous Activism in Bangladesh: Understanding from below.
  • Post-Doctorate (2012-2013), Faculty of Social Sciences, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
    • Research Project: Living with Peace and Conflict: A Case of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
  • Post-Doctorate (2010-2011), Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, India
    • Research Project: State of Ethnic Minority in the State-formation in Post-colonial States: Experience from Bangladesh.
  • Post-Doctorate (2009), Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Hull, UK
    •  Research Project: Colonial (Re)presentation of Colonised People: A Case Study in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh
  • PhD in Area Studies [Major: Cultural Anthropology] (2008), Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University, Japan.
    • Title of PhD Dissertation: Homeless at Home: An Ethnographic Study on Marginality and Leadership among the Khumi in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh
  • Masters of Social Science in Anthropology (2000), Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka
    • Title of MSS Thesis: Science of Common sense: A Study on Indigenous Knowledge among the Fisherman Community in Moheshkhali Island of Bangladesh
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Anthropology (1999), Dept. of Anthropology, University of Dhaka
    • Title of BSS (Honours) Research Monograph: Social Stratification among the Fisherman Community in a Coastal Village of Bangladesh

Publication: Books

  1. Voices of the Rohingya People: A Case of Genocide, Ethnocide and ‘Subhuman’ Life (Palgrave MacMillan, [Forthcoming ], 2022)
  2. Editor [with Alak Paul] Palgrave Handbook of Social Fieldwork (Palgrave MacMillan, USA [Forthcoming ], 2022)
  3. Editor The Rohingya Crisis : Human  Right Issues, Policy Concern and Borden Sharing (SAGE Publication [In Press], 2021)
  4. The Rohingya: An Ethnography of ‘Subhuman’ Life. Delhi: The Oxford University Press, 2020.
  5. Lead Editor [with Nasreen Chowdhury] Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movement in South Asia. Singapore: The Springer Publication, 2019.
  6. Moving from the Margin: CDA Model of Development in Northern Bangladesh. Dhaka: Murdhanna Publisher, 2018.
  7. The Rohingyas: Stateless People in the Struggle for Existence. Dhaka: Murdhanno Publisher, 2017 (in Bengali).
  8. Editor [with Eva Gerharz and Pradeep Chakkarath], Indigeneity on the Move: A Varying Manifestation of a Contested Concept. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2017.
  9. Editor, Life in Peace and Conflict: Indigeneity and the State in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2017.
  10. Editor, To Host or To Hurt: Counter-narratives on Rohingya Refugee Issue in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Institute of Culture and Development Research, (ICDR), 2012
  11. Guest Editor, special Issue of Man in India on “Anthropology in South Asia”, Volume 92, Issue 1, 2012. (New Delhi: Serials Publications).

Publication: Selected Peer-reviewed Articles

  1. “The Local Translation of Global Indigeneity: A Case of the Chittagong Hill Tracts” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 55, No. 1, 2019, pp.:68-85.
  2. The Many Faces of the State: Living in Peace and Conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh” (with Eva Gerharz) Conflict and Society, Vol. 03, No. 01, 2017, pp.: 208–226.
  3. “Paradigm of ‘Better’: ‘Development’ among the Khumi in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” Asian Ethnicity, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2014, pp.: 1-16.
  4. “Peace between People and Paper: A Case of the Chittagong Hill Tracts” Asian Profile, Vol. 41, No. 6, 2013, pp.: 564-575.
  5. “Malaise of Modernity: Symptoms of Cultural Imperialism in Bangladesh” Man in India, Vol. 92, No.1, 2012, pp.: 175-192.
  6. “Going Back to Knowing Thyself: Conceptualizing Postmodern Ethnography” The Journal of Social Studies, Vol.136, No. 4, 2012, pp.: 112-132.
  7. “Decolonising Ethnography in the Field: An Anthropological Account” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 14, No. 6, 2011, pp.: 455-467.
  8. “Dynamics of Identity: Ethnography of Bazar in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” The Journal of Social Studies, Vol.132, No. 4, 2011, pp.: 37-55.
  9. “Politics of Cultural Differences: Ethnicity and Marginality in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh” South Asian Survey, 2010, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.:283-294
  10. “People of Cultural Difference: Cultural Diversity of Bangladesh with Specific Focus on the Chittagong Hill Tracts” The Journal of Social Studies, Vol.128, No. 4, 2010, pp.: 51-73.
  11. “Notions of Critical Anthropology: Featuring Contemporary Critiques and Praxis of the Discipline” The Chittagong University Journal of Social Science, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2010, pp.: 135-160.
  12. “Living on the Margin: The Positioning of the Khumi within the Socio-political and Ethnic History of Chittagong Hill Tracts” Asian Ethnicity, Vol. 9, N0. 1, 2008, pp.: 33-53.
  13.  “The Land of Myths: A Study on the Ethnohistory of Moheshkhali Island” The Journal of Social Anthropology, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2007, pp.: 53-64.
  14. “Knowledge on Homes: A Study on the Traditional Housing Technology of Bangladesh” Indian Journal of Social Development, Vol.7, No.2, 2007, pp.: 181-194.
  15. “Classic Symptoms of Liminality: Notes on Problems and Prospects of Anthropology”, (co-authored) Indian Anthropologist, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2007, pp.: 17-30.
  16. “History is the Story for Existence: A Case Study of the Chittagong Hill Tracts” Asian Profile, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2005, pp.: 391-412.
  17. “Informal Judicial Practice in Rural Bangladesh: A Few Case Studies of Salish”, The Chittagong University Journal of Law, Vol. 6, 2004, pp.: 147-159.
  18. “Indigenous Fishing Knowledge: An Ethnographic Study”, The Chittagong University Journal of Social Science, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2000, pp.: 91-104.

Book Chapter:

  1. “The State, Transborder mobility, and Deterritorialised Identity in South Asia.” In Nasir Uddin & Nasreen Chowdhory, eds. Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movements in South Asia. Singapore: Springer Nature Publication, 2019, pp.:01-17.
  2. “Ethnic Cleansing of Rohinigya People.” In: Ratuva S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, 2019, pp.:01-17.
  3. “The State, Vulnerability and Transborder Movement: The Rohingya in Bangladesh and Myanmar.” In Nasir Uddin & Nasreen Chowdhory, eds. Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movements in South Asia. Singapore: Springer Nature Publication, 2019, pp.:73-90
  4. “Bangladesh: Generation, Education and Nation” in Hema Letchamanan and Debotri Dhar edited Education in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands. UK: Bloomsbury, 2018, pp: 01-14.
  5. “Exploring Indigeneity: Introductory Remarks” (co-authored with Eva Gerharz and Pradeep Chakkarath) in Eva Gerharz, Nasir Uddin and Pradeep Chakkarath edited Indigeneity on the Move: A Varying Manifestation of a Contested Concept. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2017, pp: 01-25.
  6. “In Search of Self: Identity, Indigeneity, and Cultural Politics in Bangladesh” in Eva Gerharz, Nasir Uddin and Pradeep Chakkarath edited Indigeneity on the Move: A Varying Manifestation of a Contested Concept. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2017, pp.: 119-139.
  7. “Living with the State: State of Peace and Conflict in Southeastern Bangladesh” in Nasir Uddin edited Life in Peace and Conflict: Indigeneity and the State in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2017, pp.: 01-14.
  8. “Identity Politics and Indigenous Activism in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” in Mahmudul Huque edited Bangladesh: History, Politics, Economy, Society and Culture, Dhaka: the University Press Limited, 2016, pp: 319-240.
  9. “State of Stateless People: The Plight of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh” in Rhoda Howard-Hassmann and Margaret Walton-Roberts edited Human Rights to Citizens: A Slippery Concept. USA: the University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, pp: 62-77.
  10. “Bar between Brothers: Rohingya-Issue in Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations” (co-authored) in N. Uddin edited To Host or To Hurt: Counter-narratives on Rohingya Refugee Issue in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Institute of Culture and Development Research, (ICDR), 2012, pp.: 31-46.
  11. “Of Hosting and Hurting: Crises in Co-existence with Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh” in N. Uddin edited To Host or To Hurt: Counter-narratives on Rohingya Refugee Issue in Bangladesh.Dhaka: Institute of Culture and Development Research, (ICDR), 2012, pp.: 83-98.
  12. “Questioning the Unquestioned Truth: A Case Study of Ethnic Integration in Bangladesh” (co-authored) in Zahidul Islam and Hasan Shafie edited Anthropology on Move. 2005. Dhaka: Department of Anthropology at the University of Dhaka, pp.: 459-478.

Seminar and Workshops Presentation: Selected Papers

  1. “Legal, Political and Ethical Dimension of Refugee Studies” a Keynote Speech delivered at a Research Workshop on Refugee Studies and Forced Migration organized by Asian School of Business and UNHCR at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 22-23, 2019.
  2. “Voices of the Victims: The ‘Subhuman’ life of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar”, paper presented at a seminar organized by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London, November 30, 2018.
  3. “The Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh: A Case of ‘Subhuman” paper presented in the Work in Progress Seminarat Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford, November 27, 2018.
  4. “The Case of “Subhuman”: The Rohingyas in Myanmar and Bangladesh” Paper presented at the 8th Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum Conference on
    Between handcraft and confession, empiricism and normativity: Self-determination in international jurisprudence held on October 17-22, 2018 at Bristol Hotel, Bonn, organized the Humboldt Foundation, Germany.
  5. “A Tale of ‘Subhuman’: The Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar.” December 06, 2017, Organized by Munk School of Global Affairs, the Asia Institute, University of Toronto, Canada.
  6. “Experiencing ‘Data’ vs. Data is experience: An Account of Fieldwork in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” paper presented at an International Workshop on Lives of Data held on January 06-07, 2017, organized by Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Deli, India.
  7. “State in Statelessness: A case of the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh” paper presented at the 29th Annual Conferece of the Japanese Association of South Asian Studies (JASAS), held on September 24-25, 2016 at Koe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe, Japan.
  8. “Impersonalising personal experiences: Dialogue with the practices of fieldwork in the Southeaster Bangladesh” paper presented as an international workshop on Identity, Agency and Fieldwork Methodologies in Risky Environment held on July 28-29, 2016, organized by Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  9. “Citizenship, Migration and Statelessness: A Case of Rohingyas in Bangladesh” paper presented at an international workshop on Migration and Citizenship held on May 30-June 01, 2016 organized by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India.
  10. “Beyond Pahari and Bengali Binary: Inter and Intra-ethnic Relations in the Chittagong Hill Tracts”, paper presented at an international conference on Bangladesh: History, Society and Culture jointly organized by Bangladesh Historical Society and the Department of History, University of Chittagong to be held on November 14-15, 2015, at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  11. “Transforming Bangladesh Uplands: Roles of Internal and External Agencies”, paper presented at 28th Annual Conference of Japanese Association of South Asian Studies (JASAS) held on September 26-17, 2015, at The University of Tokyo, Japan.
  12. “Indigeneity in Bangladesh: An Empirical and Critical Perspective” paper presented at an international workshop on Indigeneity in South and Southeast Asia: The Geopolitics of the Expansion and Localization of an Increasingly Global Movement held on March 20-21, 2015 organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
  13. “Beyond Political and Cultural Binary: Understanding Indigenous Activism from Below” paper presented in a workshop on Indigenous Activism: Critical Perspective from Bangladesh held on March 18, 2014, organized by the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics (LSE), UK.
  14. “In Search of Self: Identity, Indigeneity and Cultural Politics in Bangladesh” paper presented at a workshop on The Futures of Indigeneity: Spatiality, Identity Politics and Belonging held on November 6-8, 2013, organized by Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany.
  15. “Between Peace and Conflict: State and Margins in Bangladesh” paper presented at a workshop on State and Margin in Bangladesh held on May 23, 2013, organized by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, in VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  16. “State of Stateless People: A Case of the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh” paper presented in a workshop on Slippery Citizenship held on October 11-14, 2012 in Wilfred Laurier University, Canada.
  17. “Dependent People in Independent States: Forty Years of the Chittagong Hill Tracts” paper presented in a national conference on Forty Years of Bangladesh: In the Contexts of Society, Politics, Economics held on July 5-6, 2012 in the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  18. “Colonial Representation and Theory of Civilization: A Case Study of the Chittagong Hill Tracts”, paper prepared to be presented at a regional conference on the Chittagong Hill Tracts, May 29, 2011, organized by Bangladesh Research Society, to be held in the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  19. “Treatment of Unwelcome Guests: The State of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh” paper presented in an international conference on Culture, Politics and Economics of South Asian Migrants, 24-26 November, 2010, organized by Indian Formation Research Society, held in the University of Delhi, India.
  20. “Politics of Cultural Difference: Identity and Marginality in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh” paper presented in a South Asia Conference on Modernity, Identity and Resistance in South Asia: Negotiating Subjectivity amidst Changing Solidarities, 18-20 March, 2010, organized by, and held in, the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, India.
  21. “Between Peace and Conflict: A Case Study of Post-Peace Accord Situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh” paper was presented at an international conference on Regional Formation in Contemporary South Asia, November 25-27, 2009 held in the University of Delhi, India.
  22. Colonial (Re)presentation of Colonised People: A Case Study of the Chittagong Hill Tracs,” paper presented at a seminar organised by the Department of Politics and International Studies, September 11, 2009, University of Hull, UK.
  23. “Paradigm of Better-life: Re-conceptualizing Development among the Pahari in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh”, paper presented at a regional seminar on Relevance of Chittagong on the Economic Development of Bangladesh jointly organized by the Department of Economics, University of Chittagong, and Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), Chittagong Chapter, March03, 2009, Theatre Institute Auditorium, Chittagong.
  24. “Transforming Identity: A Study on the Evolving History of Upland-lowland relationship in Bangladesh”, paper presented at the 20th International Association of Historians of Asia Conference, November 14-17, 2008, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  25. “Questioning the Unquestioned Truth: A Case Study of Ethnic Integration in Bangladesh”, (co-authored), Paper presented at an International Seminar entitled Assessing Contemporary Anthropology: Tasks and Priorities, January 5-7,2005 organized by the Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  26. “Cultural Imperialism: An Empirical Study on the Post-colonial Discourse in Anthropology”, Paper presented at an international seminar entitled Anthropology in the 21st Century, January 25-26, 2004 organized by the Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Blog-posts / Short Essays/ Interviews / Op-Ed on Rohingyas:

  1. “The World Must Stand by the Rohingya” Culturico, December 07, 2020. [Link: https://culturico.com/2020/12/07/the-world-must-stand-by-the-rohingya/]
  2. “No Future for the Rohingya in Sight.” An exclusive interview on the Rohingya published in the Daily Prothom-Alo, On January 16, 2021. [Link: https://en.prothomalo.com/opinion/interview/there-is-no-clear-future-for-the-rohingyas-in-sight]
  3. “Pressuring Bangladesh to do more will not help the Rohingya.” Al-Jazeera Op-Ed, August 25, 2020. [Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/pressuring-bangladesh-rohingya-200824140633644.html (Access on September 02, 2020)
  4. “Three years on: What’s next for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh” The Daily Star, August 25, 2020. [Link: https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/three-years-whats-next-rohingya-refugees-bangladesh-1950253 (Access on September 02, 2020)]
  5. “The Rohingya Refugee Crisis”, The Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) of the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, April, 2020. [Link: https://www.bpb.de/gesellschaft/migration/laenderprofile/308448/the-rohingya-refugee-crisis?fbclid=IwAR2wwLw6FzWXDbF7W2Nj-Enx2tGNF6jdn_2cSuFNO3-hQH5uecZFlNAizNo (Accessed on July 01, 2020)]
  6. “Rohingya refugees want to go back home, but with safety and dignity” An exclusive interview on the Rohingya repatriation published in the Daily Tehran Times, On December 18, 2018. [Link: https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/430768/Rohingya-refugees-want-to-go-back-home-but-with-safety-and-dignity Accessed on January 05, 2020]
  7.  “Ongoing Rohingya Repatriation Efforts are Doomed to Failure”, Al-Jazeera Op-Ed, November 22, 2018. [Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/ongoing-rohingya-repatriation-efforts-doomed-failure-181122124753014.html (Accessed on July 01, 2020)]
  8.  “Solutions to the Rohingya Crisis: Voices from the Field.” South Asia Journal, November 17, 2018. [Link: http://southasiajournal.net/the-solutions-to-the-rohingya-crisis-voices-from-the-field/ (Accessed on July 02, 2020)].
  9.  “Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future”, South Asia Blog, SE, London School of Economics, University of London, 2018. [Link: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2018/11/21/rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh-five-challenges-for-the-future/ (Accessed on July 02, 2020)]
  10. “Bangladesh professor calls on international community to ‘stand beside the Rohingya people”’ The Toronto Star, December 07, 2018. Link: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/12/07/bangladesh-professor-calls-on-international-community-to-stand-beside-the-rohingya-people.html (Accessed on September 02, 2020]
  11. “Justice for Rohingyas is urgently needed”, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017. [Link: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/study/academicdepartments/anso/news/past-news.html/_/news/anso/2017/professor-nasir-uddin-justice-fo (Accessed on Jan. 05, 2018]
  12. “Life in Everyday Death: The Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar”, Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, USA, 2017 [Link: https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/life-in-everyday-death-the-rohingyas-in-bangladesh-and-myanmar (Accessed on Jan. 05, 2018]
  13. ‘A life of football’: The vulnerabilities of Rohingya caught between Myanmar and Bangladesh”. South Asia Blog, LSE, London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, 2018. [Link: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2018/01/09/a-life-of-football-the-vulnerabilities-of-rohingya-caught-between-myanmar-and-bangladesh/ (Accessed on April 02, 2018]
  14. “Unjust Exploitation” WhatsOn Magazine, Spring 2018, the United Kingdom. [Link: http://emag.whatson.uk.com/emag/030418_woaisboi_fc/#/42 (Accessed on April 02, 2018]

Invited Talks and Lectures:

  1. Department of Anthropology, Memorial University, Canada (February 12, 2021) [Webinar]
  2. Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan (January 18, 2021) [Webinar]
  3. South Asian Study Center, New Delhi (December 21, 2020) [Webinar]
  4. Postcolonial Association of Global South, India (December 17, 2020) [Webinar]
  5. Department of Geography, University of Adelaide, Australia (December 12, 2019)
  6. Department of Anthropology, Flinders University, Australia (December 11, 2019)
  7. Migration Research Group, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia (December 2019)
  8. Myanmar Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia (December 09, 2019)
  9. Ethical Research Group, Flinders University, Australia (December 10, 2019)
  10. South Asia Program, Cornell University, USA (October 21, 2019)
  11. Department of Anthropology, University of Delaware (October 18, 2019)
  12. Asian Studies, University of Delaware, USA (October 16, 2019)
  13. Department of Anthropology, The New School of Social Research, USA (October 14, 2019)
  14. South Asian Institute, New York University, USA (October 11, 2019)
  15. The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University, USA (October 10, 2019)
  16. International Migration Research Centre(IMRC), Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada (Dec. 05, 2017)
  17. Asia Institute, University of Toronto, Canada (December 06, 2017)
  18. Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University, Canada (December 07, 2017)
  19. Department of Political Science, Delhi University, India (January 05, 2017)
  20. Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Japan (Sept. 27, 2016)
  21. Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands (May 2013)
  22. Faculty of Social Sciences, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (July10, 2013)
  23. Institute of Ethnology, University of Munich, Germany (July 15, 2013)
  24. Department of Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany (October 29, 2013)
  25. Department of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany (October 30, 2013)
  26. Department of Anthropology at South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg (November 14, 2013)

Seminar, Conference and Workshop Organizer:

  1. Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh: Challenges and Resolutions held on July 18, 2019 at Business Faculty Auditorium, Chittagong University as a join collaborative workshop between the University of Chittagong and Cardiff University, UK (as a Convener of Workshop organizing committee formed by the Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong).
  2. Challenges of Ethnographic Research Methodologies in India held in January 06, 2018, a special talk given by Dr. Dalel Benbabaali, faculty of South Asian Studies at Oxford University before the graduate students of “Methodological Issues” at the University of Chittagong. (As a Professor of Anthropology at Chittagong University.
  3. The Enemy Refugee and Food Insecurity: A Case of Rohingya held on May 11, 2017 at a special seminar known as Anthropology of State and Margin at the University of Chittagong. (as a Professor of Anthropology at Chittagong University)
  4. Borders and the Idea of Citizenship: Border Enclaves of India and Bangladesh held on March 16, 2017 at a special seminar known as Anthropology of State and Margin at the University of Chittagong. (as a Professor of Anthropology at Chittagong University)
  5. Transborder Movement and the States in South Asia held on January 20-21, 2017at The Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh (as a Professor of Anthropology at Chittagong University in collaboration with Delhi University and Asian University for Women)
  6. Challenges of Ethnographic Research: A Comparative Study between Latin America and South Asia held on March 08, 2016 at Social Science Faculty Conference Hall, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. (as a Professor of Anthropology at Chittagong University) 
  7. Indigenous Activism: Critical Perspective from Bangladesh held on March 18, 2014, organized by the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics (LSE), UK. (as an LSE Visiting Scholar with a co-organiser Dr. Alpa Shah)
  1. The Futures of Indigeneity: Spatiality, Identity Politics and Belonging held on November 6-8, 2013, organized by Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany (as a Humboldt Foundation Fellow with two co-organisers Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz and Dr. Pradeep Chakkarath)
  2. State and Margin in Bangladesh held on May 23, 2013, organized by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, in VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands. (as a Visiting Fellow with a co-organiser Prof. Dr. Ellen Bal)
  3. Counter-narratives on Rohingya Refugee Issue held on November 12-12, 2011 at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh (as a Chair of the Department of Anthropology, University of the Chittagong, Bangladesh
  4. Colonial (Re)presentation of Colonised People: A Case Study of the Chittagong Hill Tracts organised by the Department of Politics and International Studies, September 11, 2009, University of Hull, UK. (As a British Academy Visiting Fellow with a co-organiser Dr. Bhumitra Chakma).

Teaching Experience:

  1. Full-time Faculty, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, 2001-To date.
  2. Part-time Faculty, Department of Public Administration, University of Chittagong, 2002
  3. Part-time Faculty, Department of Political Sciences, University of Chittagong, 2003
  4. Part-time Faculty, Department of Sociology, University of Chittagong, 2009, 2011
  5. Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 2012-2013
  6. Part-time Faculty, Department of Political Science, University of Chittagong, 2016-2017

External Examiner/Local Host Supervisor (M.Phil. & PhD):

  1. S M Sadat Al Sajib, Department of Human Studies, University of Ferrara, Italy (PhD)
  2. Maggie O’Brien, Department of Law, SOAS, London University, UK (PhD)
  3. Simon John Williams, School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK (PhD)
  4. Rebeca Sultana, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (PhD)
  5. Main Uddin, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh (M.Phil.)

Fieldwork Experience:

  1. Three months among the Fisherman Community of Moheshkhali Island in Bangladesh (1998-99) (BSS Research Monograph in Anthropology), Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka.
  2. Six months among the Fisherman Community of Moheshkhali Island in Bangladesh (1998-99) (MSS thesis in Anthropology), Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka.
  3. 10 months on the Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous Environmental Knowledge of the Marine Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOMAC) (2000-2001).
  4. 6 months on Rakhine Housing Technology in coastal areas of Bangladesh (International Voluntary Service or IVS) (2002).
  5. 8 months on Traditional Rural Adjudication System, (locally called SALISH) of rural Bangladesh (Chittagong University Research Cell or CURC) (2003).
  6. PhD Dissertation research on the Khumi of the Chittagong Hill Tracts from October, 2004 to March 2008 (Kyoto University, Japan). Ethnographic fieldwork has been carried out 12 months in between Nov. 2005 and April 2007.
  7. An intensive study on “Malaise of Modernity: Transition in Social Fabrics of Bangladesh” since April, 2008 to June 2009.
  8. Archival research as Post-Doc fellow on the “Colonial (re)presentation of colonised people: a case study of Chittagong Hill Tracts”, the University of Hull, UK (June-September, 2009).
  9. Four months field visit in three phases to Teknaf and Ukhinof Cox’s Bazar to understand the plight of stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh in between 2008 and 2012.
  10. Eight months in four phases for ongoing research on “State in Everyday Life: Understanding the Paradox of Peace in Post-peace Accord Situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.” since October 2010 to date.
  11. Ten months on the “Nexus between Urbanization and Migration in Bangladesh” from June 2014 to June 2015 as a Country Director of a collaborative research project with the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, UK, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK.
  12. Continuing research with various sojourns among the Rohingya Refugees located in Cox’s Bazar and Pahari Indigenous People living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) since 2014.
  13. Fieldwork is ongoing among the Rohingya people in Ukhia and Teknaf since 2012. Recently fieldwork-involvement started from 2017 and ended in 2019 is part a new research project funded by P4P Grant, SOAS, University of London.
  14. Fieldwork is going on from 2019 in the Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhia and Teknaf as part of collaborative research project with SOAS at the University of London, the University of Cardiff, Glasgow University, University of St Andrews, University of Derby, University of Birmingham City University, and Bournemouth University.

Ongoing Research Projects:

  1. Voices of the Victims: The Rohingya and their ‘Subhuman’ Life [Cox’s Bazar]
  2. Paradox of ‘Non-life’: A Case of Rohingya (Refugees) in Bangladesh [Cox’s Bazar]
  3. Indigeneity, Marginality and the State among the hill indigenous people in Bangladesh [CHTs].
  4. Indigeneity and State in Northern Bangladesh [Dinajpur]

Other Professional Engagement:

  1. Regular Reviewer, Pacific Affairs [British Columbia University, Canada]
  2. Reviewer, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory [The University of Chicago Press, USA]
  3. Regular Reviewer, Politics and Space [SAGE Publications]
  4. Regular Reviewer, Contemporary South Asia [Routledge]
  5. Regular Reviewer, International Area Studies Review [SAGE Publications]
  6. Regular Reviewer, Asian Ethnicity [Routledge]
  7. Regular Reviewer, Cultural Dynamics [SAGE Publication]
  8. Regular Reviewer, South Asia: A Journal of South Asian Studies [Routledge]
  9. Manuscript Reviewer, Springer [Delhi, India]
  10. Asia and Pacific Migration Journal, [SAGE Publication]
  11. Manuscript Reviewer, State University of New York or SUNY Press. [USA]
  12. Manuscript Reviewer, Palgrave MacMillan Press. [UK & USA]
  13. Regular Reviewer, the Chittagong University Journal of Social Science [Chittagong University]
  14. Regular Reviewer, Man in India [Serials Publications, Delhi]
  15. Regular Reviewer, Journal of the Institute of Bangladesh Studies [Rajshahi University]

Grants, Awards and Fellowships:

  1. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with Birmingham City University, 2020-21
  2. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with Bournemouth University, 2020-21
  3. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with Glasgow University, 2019-20
  4. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) fund with the University of Derby, 2019-20
  5. Global Research Network Fund (P4P Grant) with SOAS, London University, 2019
  6. Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) with Cardiff University, 2019
  7. Visiting Research Fellowship, Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford
  8. Research Consultant, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London.
  9. Department of International Development (DFID) funding and South Asia Research Hub (SARH) grant with the London School of Economics (LSE), London University, 2015-2016.
  10. Visiting Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, 2014.
  11. Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany (2012-2013)
  12. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada, Grant with the Wilfrid Laurier University, 2012.
  13. Visiting Fellowship, Department of Anthropology at South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany (November, 2013).
  14. Visiting Fellowship, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands, May, 2013.
  15. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Wilfred Laurier University, Canada (2012).
  16. Institute of Culture and Development Research (ICDR), Research Grants (2010-2011)
  17. British Academy Visiting Fellowship, the University of Hull, UK (2009)
  18. The MEXT (Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, the Government of Japan) (2004-2008)
  19. 21st Century COE Fieldwork Grant for fieldwork (Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University) (2006)
  20. 21st Century COE Fieldwork Grant for Fieldwork (Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University) (2005)
  21. Grant from the Chittagong University Research Cell, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh (2003).

Courses Offered at Graduate and Post-graduate level:

Critical Anthropology, Ethnographic Methodology, Introduction to Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Methodological Issues in Anthropology, Contemporary Anthropological Theories, South Asian Studies, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Peasant Society, Anthropology of the State and Margins, Development: Critical Perspective From South Asia, Development: Theoretical and Empirical Studies, Contemporary Anthropological Theories, Anthropology of the State and the Margins etc.

 

Field of Supervision (BSS [Honors), MSS, & M. Phil level):

Migration and Refugee Studies; Indigeneity and Identity Politics in Bangladesh; Ethnic minority issues in the interface of social and cultural changes; occupational mobility and changing social fabrics; ethnography of agrarian society; media studies and cultural imperialism; popular culture and consumer society; political dynamics of everyday life; paradox of globalization and modernity; ethnography of the Chittagong Hill Tracts; Dynamics of local-global nexus in wisdom and scholarship; Dialectics between (Political) Islam, Secularism and Militancy.

 

Current Field of Interest:

Migration and Refugee Studies; Statelessness and Non-citizens; Ethnicity and the Formation of Ethnic Category in De-territorialized world; Subaltern Studies and the Politics of Marginality; Dialectics between Colonialism and Post-colonialism; Peace and Conflict Studies; Notions of Power and State in Everyday Life; Dynamics of Regionalism and Area Studies; Interface of Local Wisdom and Global Doctrine; the Chittagong Hill Tracts, South Asia

 

Language Proficiency:

Bengali, English, Hindi, Japanese, Khumi, Chakma, German