Bengal Studies Roundtable

The Present and Future of Bengal Studies: Prospects and Problems

September 14, 2018
147 Bay State Road, Room 202
Boston University

This one-day roundtable, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, brings together scholars in the humanities and social sciences to discuss the state of Bengal Studies today. Thirteen of these scholars will critically discuss where Bengal Studies stands today and what might be done to elevate its profile in the future, not only locally, but nationally and internationally as well. Please click here for more information and a list of the participating scholars.

Call for Papers

AIBS is excited to announce that that the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) is organizing an international conferece that focueses on current topics in Bangladesh today and in the next 30 years.  The conference will be held at Yale University's South Asian Studies Council from March 22-24, 2019.  

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2018

For more information, click here!

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Munir Quddus at munirquddus@gmail.com with a cc to Dr. Rahim Quazi at rmquazi@gmail.com.

SAVE the Date: Thur, Oct 11, 2018!

What: Cross Border Entanglements in Eastern South Asia Symposium

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018 (prior to Conference on South Asia)

Where:  Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin

Why:  Because AIBS is sponsoring the event

What else?  Click here for details on the Symposium's topics

Note: A reception will be held afterwards  (approximate time:  5 pm)         


Call for Papers

AIBS partner institutions in Bangladesh are pleased to announce that the Department of Criminology, University of Dhaka is going to organize its 2nd International Conference on "Rohingya: Politics, Ethnic Cleansing and Uncertainty” to be held on September 1-2, 2018 in ‘Nabab Nawab Ali Choudhury Senate Building, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  This conference aims to address the geo political issues regarding the large scale persecutions against the Rohingya people committed by Myanmar’s authorities and their sufferings being a minority group in Myanmar.  If you have any questions, please email conference2018.criminologydu@gmail.com.

For more details, click here.

AIBS Trustee Podcast Interview

Professor Frank Korom, AIBS Trustee, was interviewed by Ben Dorman, co-editor of Asian Ethnology, to discuss the influence of his immigration experience on his research, his work published in Asian Folklore Studies and Asian Ethnology, and the various research projects he has been involved with, including work as a museum curator. 

To hear Dr. Korom's interview, click here!

President's Welcome

It gives me immense pleasure to serve as the President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS). I firmly believe that communication provides connectivity and connectivity results in productivity. I welcome you to our web site, which provides detailed information about our current offerings and insights on future plans and initiatives.  

AIBS is an association of institutions of higher learning in the United States aimed at promoting scholarly understanding between Bangladesh and the United States.  Incorporated in 1988, AIBS provides senior and junior fellowships as well as pre-dissertation grants for U.S. scholars and students to visit Bangladesh and observe first-hand the problems facing a developing country. Other programs include research and development seminars and workshops through our Dhaka Center to address the educational and development issues in Bangladesh. A final program permits Bangladeshi scholars to visit the United States for joint research projects with U.S. scholars.  Since its inception, affiliated scholars have investigated a wide range of research topics in fields including but not limited to demography, politics, sustainable development, bureaucracy, anthropology, archeology, history, refugee issues, gender and minority studies, religion, rural and urban migration as well as banking and good governance. 

Thanks for your interest in the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. Please feel free to contact us for further information and assistance.

Golam M. Mathbor, Ph.D.
President, AIBS