Changing Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Studies Network Conference

Credit: Google photo.



Once dubbed a ‘basket case’ and struggling with mass starvation, poor infrastructure, gender disparity, political turmoil, and aid dependency, Bangladesh has over the past 45 years made remarkable progress.  Changes are visible in all spheres of life, including culture, society and politics.

And yet the country still faces significant challenges, including continued inequality, climate change, rising authoritarianism, and corruption.

Set against this backdrop, this conference is set to examine changing Bangladesh from different humanities and social science perspectives. We welcome papers on topics broadly relevant to this theme.



The conference will take place on the 13 and 14 June 2019.

We are advised to arrive on the 12th. The conference will run the full day of the 13th and until lunch on the 14th (possibly beyond lunch if there are many papers).


Deadline for Abstract

We invite everyone who would like to present their work at the workshop to send us a title and short abstract by 30 April 2019. If you would like to chair a session or be a discussant, or just attend, we are also very happy to welcome you, but do let us know. As we need to know the number of attendees for catering purposes, it would be great if you could let us know if you are planning to attend by 30 April.


Registration and Other Queries

Abstract, registration and queries send to Dr Mubashar Hasan:


Beyond Academia

Alongside the paper presentations, we are also excited to hear about other forms of work you have been doing. If you have films, photographs, audio or non-academic writing that you would like to show or present, drop us a line and we will try to facilitate showing your work.



The conference will take place at the Blindern campus, in the spacious 12th floor meeting room of Niels Treschows building.


Accommodation and Travel

There are many accommodation options in Oslo. We will provide a list of hotels in different price ranges. Alternatives are AirBNB. Please do keep in mind that June is the beginning of summer holidays, which means tourists are here in increasing numbers, hotels fill up, and prises rise.

Travel to Oslo is either through Oslo Gardermoen airport (airport train, ordinary train or bus to Oslo city centre) or through Oslo Torp (but Torp is a bit out of town and do not be surprised by the several hours long bus ride to Oslo city centre).

Anyone who needs a visa to enter Norway and needs an invitation letter, please get in touch and we can facilitate and advise.

Published Jan. 24, 2019 5:43 PM - Last modified Nov. 3, 2021 11:50 PM