New Directions in Bangladesh Studies: Recent Scholarship and New Publications

April 6, 2023

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 Elora Halim ChowdhuryNayma Qayum, and Camelia Dewan.


3 pm: Elora Halim ChowdhuryEthical Encounters: Transnational Feminism, Human Rights, and War Cinema in Bangladesh. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 2022.)
RespondentMinoo Moallem

4 pm: Nayma QayumVillage Ties: Women, NGOs, and Informal Institutions in Rural Bangladesh (Rutgers U Press, 2021)
RespondentFarida Khan

5 pm: Camelia DewanMisreading the Bengal Delta: Climate Change, Development, and Livelihoods in Coastal​ Bangladesh (University of Washington Press, March 2022)
RespondentSugata Ray

6 pm: Reception


Elora Halim Chowdhury is Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh, which won the National Women’s Studies Association’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize. She is the coeditor of South Asian Filmscapes: Transregional Encounters; Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights: History, Politics, Practice; and Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity.

Nayma Qayum joined the Manhattanville faculty on 2015 after receiving her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and teaches a wide range of classes including Comparative Politics, Global and International Studies, and Asian studies. Dr. Qayum’s research interests include institutions, elections and participation, gender, and development. She has held research positions at BRAC Bangladesh and UNDP New York. A frequent contributor to the Washington Post, Dr. Qayum’s monograph, Village Ties: Women, NGOs, and Informal Institutions in Rural Bangladesh was published by Rutgers University Press in 2021.

Camelia Dewan is an environmental anthropologist focusing on the anthropology of development. She is a postdoctoral fellow on the Norwegian Research Council-funded project (Dis)Assembling the Life Cycle of Containerships where she examines the final stage of containerships through shipbreaking.