University of Heidelberg

Hasan Ashraf

Hasan Ashraf Hasan Ashraf


  • Ph.D. candidate

Contact information

Heidelberg University
South Asia Institute
Department of Anthropology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330, Room 512
69120 Heidelberg



Research foci

Transnational Industrilization and Labor, Gender, Religion and Nationalism


Stress and Stress-Relief, Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context

Finished projects

  • Institution: James P Grant School of Public Health
    Project Title: Constructions of Sexuality, Rights and Well-Being in Urban Dhaka
    Duration: Since July 20, 2008 - August 2009
    Position: Co-Researcher
    Responsibilities: Worked as a core team member and was responsible to contribute in the research process.
    Supervisor and team leader: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi
  • Institution: Manusher Jonno Foundation
    Project Title: Baseline survey on Violence against Women and Girl Child in Bangladesh
    Duration: May 2009 - till August 2009
    Position: Consultant
    Responsibilities: Design and carry out the baseline survey
    Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Ali
  • Institution: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in collaboration with University of Birmingham, UK and University of Bath, UK (
    Project Title: Religions and Development Research Programme (RaD)
    Duration: 1 February - 30 November 2007
    Position: Junior Consultant
    Responsibilities: Worked as team leader for the research project, was responsible to prepare research design, data collection and data processing and report writing.
    Supervisors: Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, Dr. Sarah C. White and Dr. Joe Devine
  • Institution: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
    Project Title: Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) (
    Duration: 1 December 2003 - 31 January 2007
    Position: Research Associate (Temp.)
    Responsibilities: Worked as an ethnographer and prime responsibility was to carry out ethnographic research on selected issues in the study sites including research designing, data collection and processing, and report writing.
    Supervisors: Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, Dr. Sarah C. White and Dr. Joe Devine
  • Institution: Centre for Governance Studies (cgs), BRAC University and BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED)
    Project Title: Research on Institutionalization of Party Politics at the Local Level
    Duration: 17 July 2006 - 16 September 2006 [Part time]
    Position: Research Associate
    Responsibilities: Prepare research proposal, designing the methodology, supervise research assistants, data processing and analysis and prepared the final write up.
    Supervisor: Dr. Mirza M Hassan
  • Institution: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    Project Title: Thematic Trust Fund on Gender (TTFG)
    Position: Research Associate
    Duration: 1 January 2006 - 31 March 2006 [Part time]
    Responsibilities: Mapping the institutional profiles of the GO, NGOs and international institutions working in Bangladesh on gender issues
    Supervisor: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi
  • Institution: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
    Project Title: Gender, Knowledge, Networking, and Human Rights Intervention in Bangladesh
    Duration: 1 April 2003 - 30 November 2003
    Position: Research Assistant
    Responsibilities: Implementation of the action research programme in 12 districts of Bangladesh, conduct fieldwork and other management tasks.
    Supervisors: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi and Dr. Mirza M Hassan
  • Institution: Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB)
    Project Title: Shalish and the Quest for Gender Justice: An Assessment of Strategic Interventions in Bangladesh
    Duration: 1 May 2002 - 30 March 2003
    Position: Research Associate
    Responsibilities: Conduct fieldwork and write research notes
    Supervisor: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi
  • Institution: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
    Project Title: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Beyond: Strategies for Intervention in Bangladesh
    Duration: 1 August 2002 - 31October 2002 [Part time]
    Position: Research Associate
    Responsibilities: Conduct fieldwork and write research notes
    Supervisor: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi
  • Institution: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
    Project Title: Country Profile on ′Female Participation in Urban Local Governance′
    Duration: 1 October 2000 - 31 March 2001
    Position: Research Associate
    Responsibilition: Conduct fieldwork and report writing
    Supervisor: Dr. Farzana Islam


Book (Jointly Authored chapter)

  • 2007. The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2006. Knowledge, Perceptions, Reality. Centre for Governance Studies, BRAC University and BRAC Research and Evaluation Division. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Conference Papers

  • Ashraf, Hasan 2011. "′Exporting Garments, Importing Stress′: The Effects of the Neoliberal Textile Production Regime on the Garment Workers′ Health in Bangladesh, presented in the panel" "Stress": Anthropological, Historical and Epidemiological Approaches to a "Modern" Phenomenon" in the Annual conference of Cluster of Excellence, Heidelberg, 5-7 October 2011
  • Ashraf, Hasan 2010. Weeping Machines in Dhaka′s Garment Factories: An ethnographic perspective on work stress. Presented in workshop on "Industrial Labour, Violence and Stress: transdisciplinary perspective" organized by research group Stress and Stress Relief, Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies (KJC), Heidelberg University. December 10-11, 2010
  • Ashraf, Hasan 2010 Market-oriented modes of governance and neoliberal subjectivity in Bangladesh Export Processing Zones (EPZs): an anthropological perspective. 21 European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies. Bonn University. 26 July 2010

Journal Articles

  • Strümpell, Christian and Ashraf, Hasan. 2011. Stress and Modern Work: Ethnographic Perspectives from Industries in Bangladesh. Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter XIII, 2-3: pp.24-33.
  • Ashraf, Hasan 2009 Revisiting Feminist Negotiations in Bangladesh.Nrvijnana Patrika (Journal of Anthropology), Vol 14. 2009
  • Ashraf, H. and Camellia, S. 2008. Dhormo and Social and Cultural Construction of Wellbeing in Bangladesh: case of tablig jamat Nrvijnana Patrika (Journal of Anthropology), Vol 13. 2008
  • Ashraf, Hasan. 2007. Slums in Dhaka, in: NETZ: Bangladesch Zeitschrift. 4/2007
  • Ashraf, Hasan. 2006. Keine Gerechtigkeit für Frauen? : Die stille Gewalt der Dorfgemeinschaft (No justice for women: The silent violence of the village community), in: NETZ: Bangladesch Zeitschrift. 2/2006

Short biography

Hasan Ashraf completed his undergraduate (2001) and postgraduate (2002) studies in Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University (Bangladesh). Afterwards he received the offer of teaching at Jahangirnagar University in March 2007. Currently he is on study leave and joined the Cluster as a PhD-candidate in winter 2009 and enrolled in the department of Anthropology, South Asia Institue, Heidelberg. Before he started lecturing anthropology, did extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural and urban areas of Bangladesh on politics, gender, ethnicity, religion and state of wellbeing. He served as a member of the editorial board for the journal Anthropology in Bangladesh.

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