We are pleased to feature the work of our HRAF Global Scholars for 2021. Our featured scholar this month is Sayema Khatun, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh.
Sayema's research focuses on South Asian history, society, and culture. Specifically, she is interested collective identity, citizenship, nation-states, refugees, and the border crisis in South Asia and around the world.
Her current ethnographic research is on the Rohingya people, a minority Muslim community from Buddhist dominated Myanmar. Based on three months of fieldwork in Cox's Bazar and Dhaka, which included ethnographic interviews among the policy community of Bangladesh, Sayema examines the public policy response to the influx of Rohingya in Bangladesh.