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Lecture by Prof. Uddin on November 14th, 2013 at 6 p.m.

We cordially invite to the lecture as part of the colloquium, which takes place on Thursday, the 14th November 2013 at 6 p.m. in room Z10 of the South Asia Institute.

The lecture will be given by Prof. Dr. Nasir Uddin (Alexander Humboldt Visiting Scholar, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany & Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh) and is entitled Understanding “State” in the Margins: Life in Peace and Conflict in Southeastern Bangladesh“.  

More informationen is available on the poster or the complete  abstract.

The research concerns dialectical relations between the “state” and the “margins”, where the former itself (re)produces the latter. While dominant historical works tend to depict the state as a centralised political institution, the research attempts to grasp the state in its local societal dynamics beneath the institutional framework as anthropology has recently been critically engaged in studying the state from the margin. The research considers the state not as a single-governing  entity  from  top  but  as  a  multi-layered  configuration in the margins along at least four dimensions; (a) zones of limited statehood depicted as “peripheries”, (b) “local state” by which center governs locales, (c) “public discourse” that represents dominant notions of “stateness”, and (4) ambivalent position of political elites who represent the state in the margins. The research contextualises its arguments through the discourse of peace and conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT); a southeastern part of Bangladesh.
07 Nov 2013
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