Abantee Harun

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Hochschule Fulda
Gebäude 23 (Q), Raum 011
Leipziger Straße 123
36037 Fulda
+49 661 9640-
+49 661 9640-

Vita

  • MPhil in Social Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2008 - 2010
  • MSS Anthropology and BSS (Honours) in Anthropology Jahangirnagar University, 1990 - 1994
  • Assistant Professor, General Education Department University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh  (In every term, offer teaching to 200 students. January 2012 till date In every term, offered teaching to 200 students. Offer courses ‘Bangladesh Studies’, ‘World Civilization’ ‘Religion’, ‘Living with Conflict’, ‘Social Theory and Research Methods in Social Research’, Bangladesh Studies)
  • Research Fellow at the Hochschule Fulda (Fulda University of Applied Sciences), funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung  since September 2018 working  in the project (Un-)typical utopias – Visions of the future from adolescents at Islamic schools in Bangladesh
  • Faculty of Anthropology, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Independent University, Bangladesh. August 2005-December 201 Coordinator of Live-in-Field programme and Exchange program between University of Vermont and Independent University Bangladesh (Offered courses on ‘Anthropological Theories, ‘Kinship’, ‘Language and Culture’, ‘Economic Anthropology’,   ‘National culture and Heritage, ‘Religion and Symbols’, Gender Studies, ‘Social Research Methods’, South Asia: Traditon and Contemporary Trends,) Supervised research monographs
  • Coordinator of Live-in-Field programme and Exchange program between university of Vermont and Independent University Bangladesh
  • Assistant Professor , Department of Anthropology Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh 1998-  2005 (taught over 500 students. offered a range of courses in both graduate and undergraduate levels. Supervised dissertations in  graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Guest Lecturer
    • Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka  since 2014 ( offer lectures in Masters Program)
    • Department of  Anthropology, University of Dhaka  2011-12 ( offer lectures in Masters Program)
    • Department of Development Studies, BRAC University since 2014
    • Department of Business Administration and in the Department of English, Jahangirnagar University  2001-2008

Forschungsschwerpunkte

Experienced researcher and anthropologist, working experience with grassroots organizations, international NGOs and the UN. Has knowledge of participatory, rights based programming with children and adolescents, ethnic groups, gender issues, socio-cultural contexts and local governance. Has first-hand experience of working in remote field sites, challenging environments, working in multicultural teams and training researchers, proposal and report writing. Attained proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research tools. Specialized in Religion, Islam, child rights, gender and ethnicity issues thematic interest in

  • Religion, Nationalism and Ethnicity, Identities and Politics of Difference, and Marginalization & Exclusion of Social Categories.
  • Education (with special focus on Madrasa Education), Child Labor, Violence against Children, Gender Issues.
  • Local governance, participation and policy making
  • Sustainability and Natural Disasters. Risk and Vulnerability Analysis, Climate Change Adaptation, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Based Preparedness.

Forschungsprojekte

  • Religious Education and Social Action: Madrasas in Bangladesh- MPhil Thesis for  the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2010
  • Making National Identity: Politics of Culture in Bangladesh MSc Thesis for  Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2009
  • Fellow of South Asia Future Forum (SAFF), Japan Foundation Stayed in Japan and visited many places, universities and research centres. Delivered lectures and conducted research on Japanese perspective on Asian identity. November-December, 2007
  • Young Professional Research Fellow for Forum on Women in Security and International Affairs (FOWSIA), funded by the Bangladesh Freedom Foundation. Conducted research on Gender and Nationalism: Reconstructing Women’s Role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh May 2001-April 2002
  • Research Fellow in the Partition Project: Reconstructing Lives, conducted by Center for the Studies of Developing Societies (CSDS), India, September 2001- March 2002
  • Co-Principal Researcher in the research on Parbatya Chattagrame Jhum Chasher Swamokalin Swarup(Contemporary Nature of Jhum Cultivation in Chittagong Hill Tracts) with Prashanta Tripura(Principal Researcher),funded by the Ford Grant, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University. Oct 2000 – Aug 2001

Publikationen

Journal Article

Is ‘Person’ Universal?: A Review of Anthropological Perspectives on Personhood and Individual` Nrvjana Patrika, Vol-21, 2016, Jahangirnagar University

‘Mortal Man and the Immortal Dead: Deciphering Dead as a Mirror of Life  in Anthropology’ Journal of Social Science Review- University of Dhaka. December 2016

Death Rituals as Rites of Passages : Anthropological Perspectives published in Journal of Social Studies January –March  issue 149, January 2016

Nriboigganic Gobeshonai byaktishotta:upasthhiti o bhumikar prashono( Subjectivity in anthropological Research: The Question of presence and the role), Published in the Nrvjana Patrika, Vol-6, 2001 Bangladesh: Reflections of Some Personal Experience) Nrvjana Patrika vol 4, 1999

Bangladesher Gramancholer Nari: Kichhu Byaktigoto Abhiggotoar Aloke (Rural Women of

Book

Harun, Abantee 2005 Gender and Nationalism: Reconstructing Women’s Role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh, Published by Bangladesh Freedom Foundation. ISBN 984 32 2884 7

Tripura.Prashanta and Harun, Abantee 2003 Parbatya Chattagrame JhumChash (Jhum cultivation in Chittagong Hill Tracts)-book Published by SEHD, Bangladesh  ISBN 984 494 021 0

Book Chapter

Harun, Abantee 2007 Japan in Asia or Asia in Japan : An Outsider’s View, published in the program report of South Asian Future Forum 2007

Jhumchash shamporke netibachak pracharanar upare ekti shamikhha(A Review on the Negative Campaigning on Jhum) - in a compilation by the Applied Anthropology Project of Ford Grant, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University

Tripura, Prashanta and Harun, Abantee 2004 ‘Parbatya Chattgrame Jhumchashider Shonkot o Shongram(Crisis and Struggle of The Shifting Cultivators in Chittagong Hill Tracts)’  -in Gain, Philip ed. Bon, Bonbinash  O Bonbasir Shangram(Forest, its Destruction and Struggle of the Forest People)  , SEHD, Dhaka  ISBN 984-494-022-9

Harun, Abantee and Naher, Ainoon 2001 Grameen Narir Khamotayoner Myth: Prekhhit Bangladesh(The Myth of Rural Women’s Empowerment: In Bangladesh Context);  in Charcha, a compilation of articles and discussions of the annual seminar of the Department of Anthropology , Jahangirnagar University

Harun, Abantee 2004 ‘Bangladesher Gramancholer Nari: Kichhu Byaktigoto Abhiggotoar Aloke (Rural Women of Bangladesh: Reflections of Some Personal Experience)’ in Hossain Selina and Masuduzzaman eds, Bangladesher Nari o Samaj (Gender and Women’s Studies -2)  Mowla Brothers, Dhaka ISBN 984 410 370 3

Conference/Seminar papers/Lecture

 “Regarding the Pain of Being Rohingya Woman: Gender and Ethnicity Issues among the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh’  in International Conference on “Gender and Ethnicity in Bangladesh’ at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies January,  2019

Delivered Lecture on ‘Women at the Crossroads: Addressing Gender Issues at the 21st Century’ at the Tokyo University of Foreign Affairs.

 ‘Revisiting Nationalism in Bangladesh’ at the Charles University,Prague , Czech Republic November, 2018

Islam and Society in Bangladesh: Revisiting Madrassah Education at the conference ‘Surrounded by water -- Bangladesh then and now’ at the Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic  November, 2018

 ‘Orthodox’ vs ‘Liberated’ Islam: Case of Madrasa Education’ paper presented in the conference on ‘Researching Religion in Bangladesh’ organized by the University of Zurich and Jahangirnagar University , August, 2016

Presented paper on ‘Climate Change and Disaster Resilience: Traditional Farming in Rural Bangladesh’ in the conference on Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change- organized by the Royal Anthropological Institute of  Great Britain and Ireland held in the British Museum 27-29, May, 2016

Blaming the ‘Victims’?: Politics of Madrasa Education in Bangladesh’ paper presented in the International Congress on Bengal Studies (ICBS)  in Tokyo, December 2015

Panelist of the International Symposium on ‘National Culture Revisited’ organized by Goethe Institute and Japan Foundation held in Berlin, Germany  April 24-26, 2008 Participant in South Asia Future Forum(SAFF) co-organized by Japan Foundation and Waseda Hoshien,November 19-December 16,2007

Harun, Abantee, ‘Minority in Plight : The Biharis of Bangladesh’ 2006 National Conference on - State, Violence and Rights: Perspective from Social Science organized by Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University,

Harun, Abantee  and Sultana, Ishrat Zakia 2006 ‘Child Rights in Bangladesh : Critical Glance at Legal Provisions’ National Conference on - State, Violence and Rights: Perspective from Social Science organized by Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University

International workshop on ‘Marginalised Migrant Workers and Social Protection’, organized by RMMRU and DRC, 7-9 October, 2006 BRAC Center Dhaka

International Research Workshop on Institutions, Development and Pro-poor Growth, BRAC Center, July 31- August 4, 2006, organized by IPPG and Unnayan Shamunnay

Workshop and Policy Dialogues on future plan of human development in Sylhet organised by ADB, 14 – 17 October 2003.

International Workshop on Conflict Transformation, organized by WISCOMP, Delhi, India, from June 2 to June 8, 2003.

Workshop on qualitative research methodology, 10 – 12 July 2004 organized by PPRC

International Conference on Anthropology in Bangladesh organised by Dept. of Dhaka University, 5 – 7 January 2005

International Seminar on People’s Initiatives for Development organised by the Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB), 26 – 28 March 2004

Attended international Alumni conference of Youssef Jameel Scholars in Cairo, June 2010

Weitere Funktionen

Consultancy

Local Governance, Policy and development issues

  • Co-Principal Researcher (at Economic research Group) : Political Economy of WASH WaterAid Bangladesh   May-December 2015. Activities include KII with local government representatives, Government officials, policy review,   writing research proposal, designing research methodology, training field investigators, preparing data analysis tools, writing and presentation of research reports)
  • Research Specialist :  World Vision Bangladesh Phase evaluation of Nalitabari, Sherpur and Tarash ADPs April to September, 2011 (Activities include writing research proposal, designing research methodology, training  field investigators, KII and FGDS with CBOs, Local governments, preparing data analysis tools, writing and presentation of research reports
  • Research Specialist  : Baseline survey for the DIPECHO project titled “A Disaster Resilient Future, Mobilizing Communities and Institutions For Effective Risk Reduction” May to December, 2011 (Activities include writing research proposal, designing research methodology, KII and FGDS with CBOs, Local governments, Policy planners,  training  field investigators, preparing data analysis tools, writing and presentation of research reports)
  • Member of the core research team Implementation of Policies for Reducing Chronic Poverty PRS-ODI Country Study: Bangladesh November 2006 –February 2007 (Activities include contribution to research proposal, designing research methodology; conduct workshops, interviews and FGDs,  training  field investigators, preparing data analysis tools, writing and presentation of research report
  • Co-Principal Researcher Shamoshtik Unnoyone Joutha Shaktir Babohar (Use of Collective Force in People's Development) – Project funded by Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB), June 2003 – June 2004(Activities include writing research proposal, designing participatory research methodology, Conduct research with local people,  KII and FGDS with CBOs, Local governments, Policy planners,  training  field investigators, preparing data analysis tools, writing and presentation of research reports)
  • December 2004 – January 2005, Consultant Evaluation of CHOLEN-SHABGE Pilot Project for CARE Bangladesh

 Child Issues

  • Principal Investigator:  Hazardous Child Labour in Rural Bangladesh Save the Children Sweden-Denmark, Bangladesh November,2006- March 2007 (Activities included writing research proposal, designing research methodology, training  field investigators, preparing data analysis tools, conducting KII, FGDs and in-depth interviews,  writing and presentation of research report)
  • Research Specialist : Appropriated Resources for Improving Street Children’s Environment (ARISE), Project of Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Welfare, Bangladesh –Funded by UNDP July-December , 2005 (Activities: writing research proposal and reports, review research and grant proposals, develop monitoring tools for partners organizations, designing collaboration tools with local government representatives, civil society and partner organizations to enhance capability, conduct meeting with steering committeeformulating research methodology, training the field investigators, designed data analysis tools, preparing recommendations for Policy planning and future research prospects)
  • Principal Researcher: Risk Factors and Best Practices of Learning to Swimming by the Children (4-10 years) of Bangladesh, UNICEF-Bangladesh May – December 2004 (Activities included writing research proposal and reports, designed research methodology, trained the field investigators, FGDs and KIIs, designed data analysis tools,. Recommendations for Policy planning and future research prospects)
  • Consultant Reviewing Communication Materials for IMCI, Health and Nutrition Section, UNICEF-Bangladesh  May-December, 2005 (Activities included writing research proposal and reports, designed research methodology, trained the field investigators, designed data analysis tools,. Recommendations for Policy planning and future research prospects)

Gender Issues

  • Gender Expert : Baseline Survey on Water and Sanitation for New Programme Areas of  WaterAid Bangladesh July –August, 2006 (Unnayan Shamannay)
  • Gender Expert Baseline Survey on Water and Sanitation for New Programme Areas of  WaterAid Bangladesh July –August, 2006  Unnayan Shamannay
  • Consultant : Political Economy of Violence against Women, Girl Child and Masculinity Research for MANUSHER JANNO, CARE-Bangladesh, February – April 2005  
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