Dr Mahmudul H Sumon
I studied anthropology in Jahangirnagar University and joined teaching profession in 2001, firstly in Rajshahi University for a brief period before joining my alma mater in 2002. I have a Ph D in Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. My core research interest is in the area of ethnicity, identity politics and agency. My unpublished doctoral study is titled: “We are simple people": Ethnicity, identity politics and agency of adivasi people in Bangladesh. This study attempts to trace out how the category adivasi came into being, firstly in the colonial rhetoric and later in the eyes of the burgeoning middle class Bengali during the colonial period as an ‘other’ in its entirety. The study attempts to discursively map out what I call the making of Tribalism and its effects in Bangladesh. I have co-edited two books in Bengali. Both the books published in 2014 are on issues of ethnicity and emerging issues of adivasi identity formation and politics. I have a passion for musical instruments, love to play guitar when I have time and of course listening to music is my favorite passion!
Ethnicity, identity politics, feminisms, Foucault's governmentality and its effect, transnational governmentality, post-modernism and post structuralism, neo-liberalism, postcolonial theories, adivasi right discourse and politics, the rights issues of the RMG workers in Bangladesh, NGOs etc