Inaugural Bengal Studies Roundtable

Thank you to those that made the Inaugural Bengal Studies Roundtable a success!  This AIBS co-sponsored event took place on September 14, 2018 at Boston University, bringing together more than 24 scholars from institutions in the New England Area to discuss the future of Bengal Studies.

Fellowship Applications are Open!

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Thursday, October 11th - Save the Date!

Save the date! You won't want to miss the AIBS Symposium and Reception at the Annual Conference on South Asia.

Please RSVP to aibs@southasia.wisc.edu if you plan on attending!

AIBS Symposium & Reception 2018

Please join us at the AIBS Symposium on "Cross Border Entanglements in Eastern South Asia" at the Annual Conference on South Asia!  The symposium will be addressing a key topic in today's current events - the Rohingya Crisis.  The event will begin at 8:30am on Thursday, Oct. 11th.  

Following the symposium, please join us for an AIBS reception at 3:30pm at Maharani Indian Restaurant!  Rachel McDermott, who is also giving the Annual Conference on South Asia's Keynote, will be speaking about her AIBS fellowship. 

Bengal Studies Roundtable

The Present and Future of Bengal Studies: Prospects and Problems

September 14, 2018
147 Bay State Road, Room 202
Boston University

This one-day roundtable, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, brings together scholars in the humanities and social sciences to discuss the state of Bengal Studies today. Thirteen of these scholars will critically discuss where Bengal Studies stands today and what might be done to elevate its profile in the future, not only locally, but nationally and internationally as well. Please click here for more information and a list of the participating scholars.

President's Welcome

It gives me immense pleasure to serve as the President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS). I firmly believe that communication provides connectivity and connectivity results in productivity. I welcome you to our web site, which provides detailed information about our current offerings and insights on future plans and initiatives.  

AIBS is an association of institutions of higher learning in the United States aimed at promoting scholarly understanding between Bangladesh and the United States.  Incorporated in 1988, AIBS provides senior and junior fellowships as well as pre-dissertation grants for U.S. scholars and students to visit Bangladesh and observe first-hand the problems facing a developing country. Other programs include research and development seminars and workshops through our Dhaka Center to address the educational and development issues in Bangladesh. A final program permits Bangladeshi scholars to visit the United States for joint research projects with U.S. scholars.  Since its inception, affiliated scholars have investigated a wide range of research topics in fields including but not limited to demography, politics, sustainable development, bureaucracy, anthropology, archeology, history, refugee issues, gender and minority studies, religion, rural and urban migration as well as banking and good governance. 

Thanks for your interest in the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. Please feel free to contact us for further information and assistance.

Golam M. Mathbor, Ph.D.
President, AIBS