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Shabnam Surita

Department of South Asian Studies
Email: s5shshab( @)


PhD Project

Title:  " “Integration and Demarcation in an Ethnically and Religiously Plural Region:   Identity Formation among Young Bengalis in Assam”

Supervisor : Jun.-Prof. Dr. Carmen Brandt


Research Interests

South Asia; Political Antropology ; Bengal Studies; Identity; Citizenship and Culture of South Asia


Current Employments


Wissenschaftliche   Mitarbeiterin (Research Associate)

Department of South Asian Studies,

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Brühlerstr . 7, 1. Etage, 53119 Bonn

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Freelance Journalist

Bengali Editorial, HA Asien ,

Deutsche Welle — Kurt Schumacher Str. 3, 53 113 Bonn

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Teaching Experience

At Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

  • BA : Wissenschaftliche   Arbeit : Identity Politics and Conflicts in Contemporary South Asia
  • BA: Basismodul Bengalisch I


At Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

  • Group Identities and Conflicts in Contemporary South Asia



European Association of South Asian Studies.

Jadavpur Association of International Relations.


Field research and Study Abroad

05/2018 Field trip Silchar , India with travel grant from IPID4ALL-DAAD.

12/2017- 02/2018 Field trip to Assam, India.

09/2015-06/2016 Student of South Asian Studies at the Department of Culture & Society, Aarhus University, Denmark. With scholarship from Erasmus Mundus IBIES scheme.

Language Skills

Bengali (Native speaker), Hindi (Proficient), English (Proficient), Assamese (Proficient in listening and reading), German (Fluent in reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Academic Publications

  1. Surita , Shabnam (2018). “Homeward Bound: Questioning Identities for the Bengalis in Assam”, in: Asia and the World , No.1 Autumn 2018. ( forthcoming .)

  2. Suritā , Śab nam (2018). “ Droher   gāne   nārī   kanṭha : Nak śā l b ā ṛir   śikṣā ”, in: Pāl , Jayī ( ed .). Nak śā l b ā ṛi   meẏeder   baẏāne . Kal k ā t ā : Gāṅcil . ( forthcoming .)


Lectures and Presentations

  1. 20.03-21.03.2019. Presented a poster at the workshop on “Representations of Migration and Emotions of Exclusion” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

  2. 11.10.2018. Delivered a lecture (substitute for Jun.-Prof. Dr. Carmen Brandt) titled ‘History and Contemporary: Focus South Asia’ as part of the ‘ Geschischte   Asiens ’ module for the BA Asian Studies Fall Semester, 2018 at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn.

  3. 06.10.2018. Presented a paper titled ‘(Dis) Counting Citizens: the National Register of Citizens, BJP and the Bengalis in Barak Valley’ at the Eurasian Doctoral Colloquium, Gustav Stresemann Institut , in Bonn, Germany.

  4. 26.07.2018. Presented a paper titled ‘Counting eggs before they hatch: BJP, NRC and the Bengalis in Assam’ at the ECSAS Conference in Paris.

  5. 19.06.2018. Delivered a lecture titled, “Autochthon Away: Homeland and Citizenship for Bengalis in Assam”, Department of Global Studies (India & South Asia Institute), Aarhus Universitet , Denmark.

  6. 28.09-01.10.2017. International Doctoral Colloquium: ‘Transnational Academic Exchange & Mutual Contacts’ at Beijing Foreign Studies University (Funded by IPID4ALL-DAAD resources).

  7. 05.05.2017. Presented the dissertation proposal at Dies Academicus , University of Bonn and won the scholarship award for Best Presentation.

  8. 08-17.08.2016. ‘Workshop on Research Methods in International Relations and other Social Sciences’ at Jadavpur University, India.

  9. 08-09.02.2014. Presented in National Seminar on ‘Forthcoming Feminisms: Gender Activism in Law, Literature & Society’ in National Law University, Jodhpur, India.


Conferences and Workshops (organised)

  1. 26-28.10.2018. Fifth Conference on Bengal Related Studies for Students and Young Scholars. Co- organised with Chaiti   Basu , Britta Feuge , Arne Harms, Mascha Schulz, Franziska Strich and Nora Warmer.

  2. 10.02.2016. Organised , chaired a session and presented at the graduate student conference for MA Asian Studies in Aarhus University, Denmark.

  3. Organised many national and international conferences of the Jadavpur Association of International Relations in India between 2011 and 2014.


Awards and Scholarships

  1. Erasmus Mundus   Scholarship (IBIES), Aarhus   Universitet , Denmark , 2015-2016. Value: 20,000 EUR

  2. Best Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year, Mirchi Music Awards Bangla, Kolkata, India, March, 2017.

  3. BIGS-OAS Scholarship, University of Bonn, Germany, 2017-2018. Value: 9,600 EUR

  4. Awarded IPID4ALL-DAAD BIGS-OAS Travel Grant for field research in India, May, 2018. Value: 1,800 EUR.

  5. Visiting PhD Fellowship, Aarhus Universitet , Denmark, June, 2018. Value of   fellowship : 23,000 DKK.


Volunteer Activities

  1. Assistant Secretary, Jadavpur Association of International Relations, India (2011-2014).

  2. Representative of India to 9th UNESCO Global Youth Forum, Paris, October 2015- presented on Cultural heritage and Sustainable Development situation in India.

  3. Freelance Singer, Blogger & Columnist .