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Edited by Chowdhury Center Director, Dr. Sanchita B. Saxena, this book argues that larger flaws in the global supply chain must first be addressed to change the way business is conducted to prevent factory owners from taking deadly risks to meet clients’ demands in the garment industry in Bangladesh. Using the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster as a departure point, and to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future, this book presents an interdisciplinary analysis to address the disaster which resulted in a radical change in the functioning of the garment industry. More HERE

Ph.D. candidate and the 2017 Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality of Life in Bangladesh Fellow, Samira Siddique has received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) Award for 2019. The NSF will fund Samira's work on energy access and the development priorities of UN agencies and NGOs in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The Chowdhury Center in collaboration with the Institute for South Asia Studies and the South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley is thrilled to announce that a team of specialists from UC Berkeley will be representing Cal at the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit. The interdisciplinary program, titled, "Indian Ocean Imaginaries as World History," will be led by historian Dr Munis D. Faruqui (Director, Institute for South Asia Studies), art historians Dr Atreyee Gupta (Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art, South and Southeast Asian Art) and Dr Sugata Ray (Associate Professor, South and Southeast Asian Art), artist Asma Kazmi (Assistant Professor, Department of Art Practice), and political scientist Dr Sanchita Saxena (Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies), and will unfold in close collaboration with artists, activists, and art and architecture historians in Bangladesh. Read more HERE

The Chowdhury Center, in collaboration with the The South Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, are co-organizing the second Bangladesh Summit to be held at UC Berkeley on February, 22, 2019. The first of its kind, the goal of this conference series is to understand the significant issues confronting the nation from multiple perspectives, and to identify ways forward to address them in contemporary times. Read more about the agenda and speaker line up HERE>> 

Since August 2017, Burmese security forces have been carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State forcing over half a million of them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other atrocities. This mass migration has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.  The Chowdhury Center, in a attempt to inderstand this, has launched a Rohingya crisis working group in which students, researchers, and practitioners are invited to develop ideas and collaborations to further our collective work related to the Rohingya crisis. More information coming soon. 

LSE South Asia Centre and the Chowdhury Center jointly organised the first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit in June 2018. Hear the directors of the two centers talk about their vision for the partnership, Bangladesh studies and placing Bangladesh within the South Asian agenda HERE

The Chowdhury Center is delighted to announce that Lauren Glasby, Marylin Wang Longley, and Lorraine Pereira have been awarded the Outstanding Paper Prize in Bangladesh Studies for 2018 for their paper titled, "Female Political Empowerment in Bangladesh and Pakistan: The Influence of Economic Participation." Click HERE to read more about the winners as well as for an abstract of their winning paper.

We invite applications from faculty at Bangladeshi institutions of higher education to take part in a week-long program led by UC Berkeley faculty on research methodologies, writing, and the publishing process. Program covers coach class round trip airfare and all lodging/meal related expenses in Berkeley. Limit: 6 faculty members. Deadline: Feb 15, 2018. More details HERE>>

Initiatives targeting working conditions in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have sometimes been cited as the way forward to address issues of health and safety of workers. In this podcast, IHRB’s Salil Tripathi talks to Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Director of the Chowdhury Center, about the pervasive problem and the absence of an effective remedy. While noting the progress of initiatives like Accord and Alliance which were designed to help prevent the recurrence of tragedies like the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saxena argues that such initiatives do not go far enough, and foreign brands and the home state have to play a more active role. Listen to the podcast HERE.

Cal sophomore Tarishi Jain died in a terror attack in Bangladesh last year, and her parents, Tulika and Sanjiv Jain, started the "Live Life Like Tarishi" scholarship award as a way to honor their daughter’s legacy. The scholarship requires participants to submit essay proposals on creating world change. Aurora Ling, a campus senior studying peace and conflict studies, won the first “Live Life Like Tarishi” scholarship award. Read more HERE>>


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