Online Longing and Belonging, 1947 partition narratives

Longing and Belonging, Sushanta Kumar Paul, Haikal Hashmi, Juhi Begum & family Image: Longing and Belonging, Sushanta Kumar Paul, Haikal Hashmi, Juhi Begum & family

Fri, 09.07.2021


Webpage launching event

Goethe-Institut Bangladesh is pleased to announce the launch of 'Longing and Belonging', a collection of narratives on 1947 partition. The event will feature readings, discussions and reflections, so please join us for an evening of conversations on this topic.

The event will take place on this Friday, July 9, 7pm – 9pm Bangladesh time. The event will be streamed from our Facebook page.

Speakers will include project co-leads Parsa S. Sajid and Sayeed Ferdous. Plus invited speakers – Anam Zakaria, Khalid Hussain, Javed Hussen, Nazes Afroz with featured poetry from Shamim Zamanvi.

Project leads:

Parsa Sanjana Sajid is a writer, researcher, and often aggravated at the state of the world. She also teaches at IUB in Bangladesh and founded Fragments magazine. Her writings have appeared in the Funambulist Magazine, Migrant Journal, Caravan, New Internationalist and March among others. She conceptualized, led, supervised, and managed Longing and Belonging.
A researcher in the blurred zone of history and anthropology, Professor Sayeed Ferdous has taught anthropology at Jahangirnagar University since 1995. His areas of interest include historiography, memory/forgetting, subaltern, postcolonial nation-state, and nationalism. Lately Mr. Ferdous has been involved in several research projects related to 1947 partition of colonial India. His book titled ‘Partition as Border-Making: East Bengal, East Pakistan and Bangladesh’ is awaiting publication on September 30, 2021 from Taylor and Francis. Ferdous is a co-lead on Longing and Belonging.

Invited speakers:

Anam Zakaria is the author of three books - 1971: A People's History from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India (2019); Between the Great Divide: A Journey into Pakistan-administered Kashmir (2018); and The Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians (2015), which won her the 2017 KLF-German Peace Prize.
Javed Hussen is a writer, translator, and voracious reader. He is with the newspaper Prothom Alo.
Khalid Hussain is a human rights lawyer and the Founder and Chief Executive of the Council of Minorities, a minority-rights based organization in Bangladesh.  Khalid belongs to the Bihari Urdu-speaking linguistic minority, a formerly stateless community of Bangladesh, and has worked on statelessness issues on behalf of the Bihari community since 1999. During his career he has been deeply involved working in the field of statelessness and citizenship rights.
Nazes Afroz has worked as a journalist for nearly 40 years, 18 of which for the BBC, covering current affairs spanning South, Central and West Asia in the capacity of a producer and later as a senior editor. Nazes supervised and led the research project on third generation memory of the Bengal Partition on behalf of the Goethe-Instituts in Kolkata and Dhaka. He continued with the project with a photography work titled, ‘Uncertain Memories/Refugee Memories of Kolkata’, which was exhibited in Kolkata in 2018.
With featured poetry from Shamim Zamanvi. Zamanvi is a poet and translator. He has published several volumes of poetry and works of translation.