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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (papers older than 2 years are available for free download)

14. Ruwanpura, K. N and Ferdoush, M.A. (2023) Gendering the BRI: A viewpoint. Gender, Place & Culture, online first, pp. 1-10, ​https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2023.2234660 (Open Access)

13. Ferdoush, M. A. (2023). Showcase citizens: Citize
nship in the making along the borders of post-colonial South Asia. Citizenship Studies, 27 (1), pp. 59-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2022.2073971 (Open Access)

12. Ferdoush, M. A. & Väätänen, V. (2022). Anticipatory state identity: Understanding the Finnish state's approach to the Arctic. Area, 54 (4), pp.618-626. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12802 
(Open Access)

11. Ferdoush, M. A. (2022). Flexible land: The state and its citizens' negotiation over land ownership. Geoforum, 130. pp. 46-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2022.02.003  
(Open Access)

10. Paasi, A., Ferdoush, M.A., Jones, R., Murphy, A.B., Agnew, J., Ochoa Espejo, P., Fall, J. J. & Peterle, G. (2022). Locating the territoriality of territory in border studies. Political Geography, 95, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2021.102584  
(Open Access)

09. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). To “help” or not to “help” the particip
ant: A global South ethnographer’s dilemma in the global South. Geoforum, 124. pp. 75-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.06.004  (Open Access)

08. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). Sovereign atonement: (Non)citizenship, territory, and state-making in post-colonial South Asia. Antipode, 53 (2). pp. 546-566. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12685  
(Antipode short video abstract) (Antipode Critical Class Room Resource)
 
07. Ferdoush, M. A. (2020/2023). Navigating the 'field': Reflexivity, uncertainties, and negotiation along the border of Bangladesh and India. Ethnography. 24 (2). pp. 176-196. https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138120937040.

06. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). Acts of belonging: The choice of citizenship in the former border enclaves of Bangladesh and India. Political Geography, 70. pp. 83-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.01.015
(Finalist, Political Geography Early Career Researcher Award 2020)

05. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). Symbolic spaces: Nationalism and compromise in the former border enclaves of Bangladesh and India. Area, 51 (4). pp. 763-770. https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/area.12539. 

04. Ferdoush, M. A. (2018). Seeing borders through the lens of structuration: A theoretical framework. Geopolitics, 23 (1). pp. 180-200. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2017.1341406. 
​(Winner of Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student Award 2018, Geography & Environment, UH Mānoa) 
 

03. Ferdoush, M. A. (2016). Revisiting Cass’s model of homosexual identity development in the context of Bangladesh society. Sage Open, 6 (2). pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244016651913. (Open Access)

02. Ferdoush, M. A. (2014). Rethinking border crossing narratives: A comparison between Bangladesh-India enclaves. Journal of South Asian Studies, 2 (2). pp. 107-113.  
(Open Access)

01. Ferdoush, M. A. (2013). Living with stigma and managing sexual identity: A case study on the kotis in Dhaka. Sociology Mind, 3 (4). pp. 257-263. DOI: 10.4236/sm.2013.34034.  
(Open Access)



Books and Edited Volumes 

02. Sovereign Atonement: Citizenship, Territory and the State at the Bangladesh-India Border  (Cambridge University Press, expected March 2024). pre-order here

 

The former border enclaves of Bangladesh and India existed as extra-territorial spaces since 1947. They were finally exchanged and merged as host state territories in 2015. Sovereign Atonement focuses on the protracted territorial exchange and experiences of the newly accepted Bangladeshi citizens. It grapples with one broad question: why did the state assume an active role in smoothing the once excluded population’s experiences into their inclusion within the sovereign project?​

The book dives deep into an ethnographic and historical reading of the everyday state, land and territory, informality, (non)state actors, and performance of sovereignty. Furthermore, it troubles the often taken-for-granted understanding of exception, governance, and citizenship. As such, it offers a retake on the two seemingly contradictory concepts — “sovereign” and “atonement”— to demonstrate that bridged together these concepts as sovereign atonement enables a novel way of appreciating geopolitical narratives, political geographies, and nationalistic discourse in South Asia and beyond.  

01. Jones, R. and Ferdoush, M. A. (eds.) (2018). Borders and mobility in South Asia and beyond. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

(Open Access)

(Review 1 “relevant,” “thought-provoking,” and “a good read.”)

(Review 2 “an excellent compilation”)

 

Book Chapters

06.  Ferdoush, M.A. (2024). Peacework: Everyday negative peace across South Asian borderscapes. In C. Flint and K. Dempsey eds. Making Geographies of Peace and Conflict, London: Routledge, pp. 183-199.  

 

​05. Paasi, A. and Ferdoush, M.A. (2023). New borders and mobility in the age of globalization: De-bordering, re-bordering and beyond. In D.J. Timothy and A. Gellbman (eds), Routledge Handbook of Political Borders and Tourism. London: Routledge, pp. 47-60. 

https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003038993-5 

04. Ferdoush, M. A. (2022). 'Stateless' yet resilient: Refusal, disruption, and movement along the border of Bangladesh and India. In D. Andersen and E-K. Prokkola (eds) Borderlands Resilience –Transitions, Adaptation and Resistance at Borders. London: Routledge, pp. 106-118. DOI: 10.4324/9781003131328-9. 

​03. Ferdoush, M. A. and Jones, R. (2018). The decision to move: Post-exchange experiences in the former Bangladesh-India border enclaves. In A. Horstmann, M. Saxer and A. Rippa (eds) Handbook of Asian Borderlands. New York: Routledge, pp. 255-265

02. Jones, R. and Ferdoush, M. A. (2018). The global transformation of borders and mobility. In R. Jones and M. A. Ferdoush (eds) Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 11-30

01. Ferdoush, M. A. and Jones R. (2018). Partition's borders. In R. Jones and M. A. Ferdoush (eds) Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 267-274

Encyclopedia Entry

01. Ferdoush, M. A.(2020). Structuration Theory. In Audrey Kobayashi (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, pp. 97-104, London: Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10714-0

Short Illustrative Vignette

01. Ferdous, M.A. (2023). Narrative: Enclave dwellers, (non)citizens, proxy citizens, Bangladeshis, and Indians. In K. Jacobsen and N. Majidi (eds), Handbook on Forced Migration. London: Edward Elgar, pp 190-191. 

Book Review

01. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). Junge passports: Fences, mobility, and citizenship at the northeast India-Bangladesh border. International Migration Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/01979183211058728. 

 

Conferences

16. Ferdoush, M.A. (2023) The “chain-melted phase” of EU borders: Categories, containers, and boundaries. BOMOCULT Conference, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, October 05-06.  

15. Ferdoush, M.A. (2023)  Citizenship as a technology of territory. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, March 2307- March 27.

​14. Ferdoush, M.A. (2023)  On “exception” and “example”: From inclusive exclusion to exclusive inclusion. Political Geography Specialty Group Pre-Conference, Boulder, Colorado, March 22.  ​

13. Ferdoush, M.A. (2022)  To "help" or not to "help" the participant: An ethnographer's dilemma. The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) Conference, Joensuu, Finland, November 24-25.  

12.  Ferdoush, M.A, (2022) “Let Live” but “Make Wait?”: Exploring the sovereign technologies of temporality in supplanting its power of “make die.” Finnish Geography Days, Tampere, Finland, November 03-04.​

11. Ferdoush, M.A. (2021) Showcase citizenship: Experiences in the border enclaves of Bangladesh and India. Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference (RGS-IBG), online, London, UK August 31-September 03.

10. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). The border moved and the land became “flexible.” The Line Crossed Us Conference, Lethbridge Border Studies Research Group, Lethbridge University, Alberta, Canada, June 10-11.  ​

09. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). Acts of motion: Towards a post-humanistic understanding of borders. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, April 07- April 11.​

08. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). Showcase citizens: Citizenship in making along the border of Bangladesh and India. Political Geography Specialty Group Pre-Conference. Washington, January 06-07.​

07. Ferdoush, M. A. (2020). Acts of belonging: Incorporating the stateless from below. Migration in the North, Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, October 29-30.

06. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). Sovereign overcompensation: (Re)making the border and citizens in the former enclaves of Bangladesh and India. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Washington DC, April 03- April 07.

05. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). Acts of belonging: The choice of citizenship in the former border enclaves of Bangladesh and India. Political Geography Specialty Group Pre-Conference. Washington DC, April 02.​

04. Ferdoush, M. A. (2016). Swapping territories: Choosing citizenship, sovereignty, and belonging in the former Bangladesh- India border enclaves. Center for South Asian Studies, UH Mānoa 33rd Annual Spring Symposium: Borders and Mobility. Honolulu, HI. April 6-8.

03. Ferdoush, M. A. (2016). Settling in and settling out of the border enclaves of Bangladesh and India: New identity, new prospects, new problems too? American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. March 29-April 02.

02. Ferdoush, M. A. (2016). After the exchange: citizenship, sovereignty, and belonging in the former Bangladesh-India border enclaves. Political Geography Specialty Group Pre-Conference. San Francisco, CA. March 28

01. Ferdoush, M. A. (2016). Exchanging Bangladesh-India border enclaves, changing states, changing nationality: Problems and prospects. The Annual EWC Graduate Student Conference. Honolulu-Hawaii. February 11-13.

Invited Talks

08. Ferdoush, M.A. (2023). From inclusive exclusion to exclusive inclusion: How the sovereign state uses “exception” and “example” as it wills along the borders of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. World History and Literature Initiative (WHaLI), University of Michigan, MI, June 13.

07. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). Sovereign atonement and the making of showcase citizens along the borders of Bangladesh and India. Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, South Asia Center, Syracuse University, NY, November 02.

06. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). Showcase citizenship: The sovereign, state and territory along the margin of South Asia.  Subaltern and Decolonial Citizenship Seminar Series, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, UK, May 20. 

05. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). Global migration and refugee "crisis". Sacred Hearths Academy,  Honolulu, HI, December 13.​

04. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). To ‘leave’ or to ‘move’: Experiences of citizenship along the border of Bangladesh and India. International Cultural Studies Fall Faculty Speaker Series, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, October 16.

03. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). Symbolic spaces: Citizenship and state-making along the border of Bangladesh and India. Noon Seminar Series, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI, May 07.

02. Ferdoush, M. A. (2018). The choice of citizenship: Social memory, regional identity, and spatial socialization, Sociology Colloquium at the Department of  Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 30.​

01. Ferdoush, M. A. (2016). After the exchange: Citizenship and territoriality in the former Bangladesh-India border enclaves, Wednesday Evening Seminar, East-West Center, November 09. 

Campus Talks & Guest Lectures 

05. Ferdoush, M. A. (2022). From "exception" to "example," Critical Geopolitics and Border Theories Guest Lecture, University of Eastern Finland, February 03.  

​04. Ferdoush, M. A. (2021). Sovereign atonement and showcase citizens, Cultural Geography Guest Lecture, Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland, April 06.  

​03. Ferdoush, M. A. (2019). Flexible lands: The state and its citizens’ negotiation over land ownership, Annual Geography Student Symposium, UH Mānoa,  May 03.            

02. Ferdoush, M. A. (2017). Seeing borders through the lens of structuration: A theoretical framework. Annual Geography Student Symposium, UH Mānoa, May 05.​

01. Ferdoush, M. A. (2016). After the exchange: Citizenship, sovereignty and belonging in the former Bangladesh-India border enclaves. Annual Geography Student Symposium, UH Mānoa, May 06.

Policy Reports/Papers

 

02. Koikkalainen, S., Ferdoush, M.A., Virkkunen, J. (2024). Finland country report: Governance and policy changes during times of high influxes of protection seekers, 2015-June 2023. Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), Norway.  

 

01. Hernes, V.; Danielsen, Å. Ø; Tvedt, K., Staver, A. B.; Tronstad, K. Łukasiewicz, K.; Pachocka, M., Yeliseyeu, A., Casu, L., Z., Silke; B. Mette, L., Engler, M., Nowicka, M., Koikkalainen, S., Ferdoush, M. A., Virkkunen, J., Kazepov, Y., Berthelot, B., Franz, Y., (2024), Governance and policy changes during times of high influxes of protection seekers. A comparative governance and policy analysis in eight European countries, 2015-June 2023. Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), Norway. NIBR Report;2023:8. 

Web-based Publications

01. Borderwork and borders in South Asia through structuration

Op-Eds

02. 70 Years After Partition: From 'Bare Lives' to 'Bare Citizens'
01. Life in the camp

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