New Narratives of Bangladesh – University of Copenhagen

Professor Willem van Schendel
(University of Amsterdam)

New Narratives of Bangladesh

How has the study of Bangladesh developed since the country’s independence four decades ago? Can we actually speak of a ‘field’ of Bangladesh studies? If so, how is it constituted? What are its strengths and weaknesses? And how can we overcome its biases and blind spots? I look at various forms of framing – regional, national, religious, ethnic and by period – to push beyond current preoccupations and explore dimensions of social change that have not yet received much attention in the study of Bangladesh.