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The 2021 Subir and Malini Chowdhury Fellowships recipients, Nazmul Ahasan and Ariana Pemberto, were recently featured in The Daily Star, the largest circulating daily English-language newspaper in Bangladesh.

Please click HERE to access the article and read about what our two newest Fellows have to say about winning the award and their hopes for the future. 

The Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies' rapid response survey of garment workers under Covid-19 (in collaboration with BRAC), and discussion on the film Threads (co-sponsored with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Textile Arts Council) was covered in the Business Standard. Click here to read the full article.

আজকাল, the Chowdhury Center's e-Newsletter for Spring 2021 is out!! See our new and improved look. And read it to find out about all the exciting Zoom events that we have planned for this semester.

Read আজকাল HERE

আজকাল, the Chowdhury Center's e-Newsletter for October 2020 is out!! Read this special issue to find out about an exciting new report on the impact of Covid-19 on the RMG sector in Bangladesh, upcoming events, and recording of past events. আজকাল October 2020

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world’s economy and supply chains. In the case of Bangladesh, the RMG sector, which has been one of the major drivers of the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh in the last 40 years, has been especially hard hit with the garment workers having been affected the most. In order to understand the long term implications of the pandemic on the RMG workers, BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and James P. Grant School of Public Health, in association with the Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, conducted a rapid survey titled The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Lives of Workers in the Garment Industry, between June 30 and July 13, 2020 with a total of 1,057 garment workers. Please click HERE to read this report.

আজকাল, the Chowdhury Center's e-Newsletter for Fall 2020 is out!! Please click the link below to find out about all the exciting Zoom events that we have planned for this semester. আজকাল Fall 2020

Shikha Bhattacharjee, the Subir Chowdhury Fellow for 2019, was awarded a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation in support of her doctoral dissertation research. According to Ms. Bhattacharjee, it was the generous support of the Chowdhury Fellowship that enabled her to not only prepare for her dissertation fieldwork in Dhaka but also to pursue this prestigious and competitive award.

In an effort to shed some light on the impact of the corona virus in Bangladesh, the Chowdhury Center organized a panel dicussion led by Dr. Sanchita Saxena featuring medical anthropologist Dr. Sabina Rashid, political scientist Prof. Ali Riaz, development sociologist Prof. Naomi Hossain, and Mabrur Ahmed and Rahima Begum of Restless Beings. See a recording of the event here>>.

Following the alarming drop in consumption worldwide due to the COVID-19 crisis, many major brands have walked away from their contractual obligations. Many local factories in Bangladesh are unable to pay their workers, being forced to close, and creating the prospect of mass unemployment. Buyers are blaming the markets; local manufacturers are claiming to be helpless; workers are seeking justice. Join a discussion on this disruption HERE

Join us on Friday, February 7, 2020 for a day-long conference titled Beyond the Crisis Narrative: Rohingya Statelessness and its implications for Bangladesh, and hear from scholars, activists, and members of the community as they grapple with the Rohingya crisis. Featuring a keynote address by Hannah Beech, Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, The New York Times. More details HERE


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