Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: The Rohingya Exodus: Orchestrated Violence and Strategies of Survival


Conveners: Matthew McCartney, Mallica Kumbera Landrus and Rosalind O'Hanlon

Speaker: Shapan Adnan

The Rohingyas violently expelled by Myanmar are not recognized as international refugees by Bangladesh. Despite lacking citizenship and the right to work, they have sought to survive through covert employment in labour markets and clientelist relations that provide protection for a price. The Rohingya experience raises wider issues about systematic population displacements in the 21st century driven by genocidal campaigns of ethnic and religious persecution and legitimated by contested notions of the ‘imagined community’ and national security.


Shapan Adnan graduated in Economics from the University of Sussex and obtained a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He has formerly taught at the National University of Singapore and the Universities of Dhaka and Chittagong. He was a Visiting Research Fellow and an Associate of the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme (CSASP) of the University of Oxford. Shapan Adnan is on the international advisory board of the Journal of Peasant Studies. His research and publications cover topics in political economy, sociology, politics and demography. 

Further Information

All welcome. No prior booking required. For further information please contact Maxime Dargaud-Fons on or 01865-274559. Co-funded by the Ashmolean Museum, the Asian Studies Centre of St Antony's College, the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, the Faculty of History, the Department of International Development and the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

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