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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

The Chowdhury Center mourns the passing of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. We were privileged to have him inaugurate the Center on March 30, 2015. 

An icon of international development and pivotal figure in Bangladesh, Sir Abed was a social worker who founded BRAC, the world's largest NGO, in 1972. Today BRAC operates in more than 69 thousand villages of Bangladesh and has helped about 110 million people who live below the poverty line. For his contributions to social improvement, he was honored with numerous national and international awards. Our heartfelt condolences to all of Sir Abed's near and dear ones.

A video-recording of Sir Abed's inaugural Chowdhury Center lecture, A Quite Revolution, may be viewed here

Edited by Chowdhury Center Director, Dr. Sanchita B. Saxena, "Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia" 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.  Read our South Asia Research Note (SARN) on it HERE

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>> 


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