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Start of the lecture series "Bangladesh Studies - Culture, Politics, Migration"

The topic of the first (video) event of the new SAI lecture series "Bangladesh Studies - Culture, Politics, Migration" on Thursday, April 15, 4.15pm - 6pm (CET), is "Socio-cultural Developments and Women´s Rights in the Bangladesh Diaspora". Mr. Hamidul Khan (founder of Immigrant Book Fair/Frankfurt a.M., publisher: "Rokeya. The most important women´s rights activist of Bangladesh and India", Bertugan Publishing House, Dec. 2020) and Ms. Eshita Binte Shirin Nazrul (PhD student, Institute of Oriental Asian Studies, University of Bonn) will be the speakers.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021; Time: 4:15pm - 6:00pm (CET).
Please register at to participate in the video event.
Prof. Dr. Hans Harder (South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University)
Moderation: Dr. Dieter Reinhardt (South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University) and Azizur Rahman Khan (Competence Center Municipal Conflict Consulting, VFB Salzwedel e.V.)
The global increase in migration is accompanied by new forms of self-organization of migrant groups and competing identity networks. Migrants from Bangladesh and other countries have established their own autonomous networks. However, they are also exposed to many forms of discrimination and the practical enforcement of women´s rights is often prevented by patriarchal structures.
The event takes place in cooperation with the Competence Center Municipal Conflict Counseling of the Association for the Promotion of Education - VFB Salzwedel e.V.. 

Obituary for Barrister Moudud Ahmed

The South Asia Institute is united in grief of Barrister Moudud Ahmed, who passed away on 16 March 2021. You can read a detailed obituary, written by Wolfgang-Peter Zingel here.

New article by Himanshu Jha

Dr. Himanshu Jha´s article titled "RTI as a case of Institutional Change" was recently published in the Jindal Journal of Public Policy (JJPP). JJPP is published by Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University. This is a revised version of Dr. Jha´s 2017 lecture at the O.P. Jindal Global University and is further elaborated in his recently published book. The article can be accessed here.

Dr. Himanshu Jha has published an article on “Capturing Institutional Change: Bringing Back Ideas and the State” in the current issue of India in Transition (IiT) by the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) of the University of Pennsylvania. Read this article here.

Dr. Himanshu Jha will give a talk on his book “Capturing Institutional Change” at the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, India on Mar 29, 2021 04:00 PM IST.From Hyderabad University - Prof.K.K.Suan.Hausing will chair the event and Prof. K.K.Kailash will be discussant. To join please register here: or by email to Dr Anagha Ingole ( )

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