Gender, Sexuality, Violence

Gender, Sexuality, Violence

  5 - 6:30 p.m.
   Zoom Event (Off Campus)
Elora Chowdhury, Nadine Shaanta Murshid, Saad Khan, Umama Zillur, Kabita Chakma, Poulomi Saha, Munir Quddus, Sanchita B. Saxena

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley and the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) invite you for a panel discussion covering an intersectional approach to gender, sexuality and violence including the questions surrounding indigeneity, sexuality, and class.


DATE: Friday, April 16, 2021

TIME: 5 pm (Berkeley) | 12 am (London) | 5 am (Pakistan) | 5:30 am (India & Nepal) | 6 am (Bangladesh) | Calculate Your Local Time


This event will also be live streamed on the Center's FB page: ChowdhuryCenter

Panelist Bios

Dr. Elora Halim Chowdhury is a Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her teaching and research interests include transnational feminisms, critical development studies, gender violence and human rights advocacy, narrative and film with an emphasis on South Asia. She is the author of Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing Against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh (SUNY Press, 2011), which was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria Anzaldua book prize in 2012; and the co-edited volumes South Asian Filmscapes: Transregional Encounters (University of Washington Press, 2020 with Esha Niyogi De); Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights: History, Politics, Practice ( Routledge, 2018 with Rajini Srikanth); and Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism and Transnational Solidarity (University of Illinois Press, 2016 with Liz Philipose). Her current book project is titled, Ethical Encounters: Women, War and Cinema in Bangladesh. Elora serves as the Series Editor to the Dissident Feminisms book series at the University of Illinois Press, and is a Member of the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI).

Associate Professor Dr. Nadine Murshid is the Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Buffalo. Her areas of interest and research include institutions, structural sources of violence, social policy, and health disparities. Her most recent work focuses on experiences of microfinance participation among women in Bangladesh. Some of her current projects include work on migrant workers, garment workers, and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Murshid's social consciousness on both national and international levels guides her talks and publications in both scholarly journals and popular media. These include her 2014 article, "The killings at Bangladesh's Bihari Camp – Murder mystery or murder with impunity?" in India's Frontier Weekly, and an article on the use of neoliberal language by microfinance participants as they take personal responsibility for social problems, including intimate partner violence and sexual harassment on the streets.

Saad Khan is a graduate student in the department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. His research focuses on gender, sex and sexuality, encouraging critical thinking and self-reflexivity among youths, researchers, activists and practitioners in Bangladesh. Saad is interested in creating bridges between activism and academia, and likes to work with different kinds of medium to do research and start dialogues around gender sex, sexuality and power.

Umama Zillur is a feminist activist and researcher at the Dhaka-based Power and Participation Research Centre focusing on frontier research on urban dynamics through a gender lens. She is the founder and director of Kotha, a feminist organization tackling the culture of gender-based violence in Bangladesh through education based primary interventions. Kotha has been playing a critical role in popularizing root cause solutions such as comprehensive sex ed to tackle Bangladesh's rape culture. Umama is a founding member of the Feminists Across Generations Alliance, which has been building bridges between leading women's rights champions and emerging activists. Umama is a SheDecides 25x25 Young Leader and 2021 Acumen Fellow.

Kabita Chakma is a Coordinator of the CHT Indigenous Jumma Association Australia (CHTIJAA), and a founding member of the International Council for the Indigenous Peoples of CHT (ICIP-CHT). She is also a community adviser to BODHI, a charity organization in Australia. An architect, writer and researcher Kabita's interests are eclectic. They include history, culture, art and architecture of disadvantaged communities, particularly indigenous peoples of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Bangladesh, and women in South Asia. Her interest further includes environmental sustainability. Currently Kabita works as a freelance researcher, writer and occasionally works as a guest lecturer and teacher at the School of Design, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.