Bangladesh political culture workshop


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 workshop will address the country's political cultures and its democracy. The workshop is part of a wider interest in political culture and democracy in South Asia.


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Poster commemorating the 15 August 1975 killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with many members of his family. Barisal 2017. Photo Arild Engelsen Ruud












We are pleased to announce the following lectures by scholars from prominent universities in Bangladesh.

09.30 am: Registration

Political Culture and Popular Movements in Bangladesh – Prospect, Possibilities and Challenges


10.00-10.20 am: Introduction

Professor Arild Engelsen Ruud, University of Oslo, Norway


10.20-10.40 am: The Politics of Public Food Distribution System in Bangladesh: Origins, Reforms, and Policy Issues.

Professor Mohammad Mozahidul Islam, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh


10.40-11.00 am: Gonojagoron Moncho: Fading of Some Prospects?

M. Shakhaowat Hossain. Senior Lecturer, North South University, Bangladesh


11.00-11.20 am: Anger Dismantled: Road Safety Movement in Bangladesh and its Aftermath.

Muhamad Asiful Basar, Lecturer, North South University, Bangladesh


11.20-11.40 am: Early Bengal: Change through Continuity and a ‘Region’ in the Making.

Professor Md. Aksadul Alam, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


11.40-12.00 pm: Discussants

Niladri Chatterjee and Arild Engelsen Ruud, University of Oslo, Norway




The workshop is hosted by the Centre for Development and the Environment and the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.

Published July 8, 2019 11:38 AM - Last modified Oct. 2, 2019 3:46 PM