december, 2019

11dec4:00 pm6:00 pmStatelessness and Refugeehood in Rohingya Life: A Case of “Subhuman” by Professor Nasir UddinEthical Futures Australia4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 2, Room 1)Audience:Alumni,Employers,Future students,General Public,Government departments & agencies,Industry partners,International students,Recent graduates,Researchers,Staff,Students

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This public lecture will be delivered as part of the Ethical Futures Research Theme, in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.


The Rohingyas, widely known as the world’s most persecuted ethnic minority, experienced an unprecedented violence in 2017 committed by Myanmar security forces and vigilantes.

In response to an alleged attacks on Myanmar police posts and a military base by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25, 2017, Myanmar security forces severely attacked on Rohingya civilians, burnt their houses, raped girls and women, and killed thousands indiscriminately in what the United Nations Human Rights Council Cheif termed as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and many others called as “genocide”.

A fact-finding report prepared by a three-member-panel appointed by the United Nations published in August 2018 revealed that the brutal military crackdown in 2017 triggered an influx of 725,000 [now 750,000] Rohingyas to Bangladesh, more than 10,000 were killed on the ground in the first two months, hundreds of girls and women were ganged raped, and around 392 villages were partially or totally destroyed. Along with previous 500,000, Bangladesh is now hosting 1.3 million Rohingya refugees in Ukhia and Teknaf, the Southern part of Bangladesh, which is now considered as the largest refugee situation in the world.

Many academic/scholars, analysts, and media outlets view that that the Rohingya people have experienced such an intense violence and brutality because they are stateless and non-citizens in Myanmar. In fact, citizenship is a legal status conferred by the state that makes non-citizens a new ‘other’.

However, Uddin argues that the ways Rohingya people have been dealt with in Myanmar is not only because they are stateless and non-citizens; rather it involves state’s policy, nature, and approach towards the people of cultural, religious and racial differences what compels Myanmar to deal with the Rohingya people as if they are lesser than human that Uddin refers to as being treated as “subhuman.”

This talk will focus on the state of the Rohingyas in the borderland of Bangladesh and Myanmar illuminating an intricate relation of statelessness, human rights and the paradox of the “subhuman.”


About Professor Nasir Uddin

Nasir Uddin is a cultural anthropologist based in Bangladesh, and Professor of Anthropology at Chittagong University.

Uddin studied and carried out research at the University of Oxford (UK), School of Oriental and African Studies or SOAS (UK), the London School of Economics or LSE (UK), Heidelberg University (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India), the University of Hull (UK), Kyoto University (Japan), and the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). His research interests include refugees, statelessness, and citizenship; deterritoriality of identity and transborder movements; indigeneity and identity politics; the state in everyday life; the Rohingyas; the Chittagong Hill Tracts; and South Asia more general.

His latest edited book includes “Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movement in South Asia” (Springer, 2019 (co-edited with Nasreen Chowdhory). His latest book is “The Rohingya: A Case of Subhuman” (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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