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Hasan Ashraf

Associate Member

Hasan Ashraf

Contact information

Department of Anthropology,
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
D-69120 Heidelberg



About Hasan Ashraf

Hasan Ashraf completed his undergraduate (2001) and postgraduate (2002) studies in Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University (Bangladesh). Afterwards he received the offer of teaching at Jahangirnagar University in March 2007. Currently he is on study leave and joined the Cluster as a PhD-candidate in winter 2009 and enrolled in the department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute,Heidelberg. Before he started lecturing anthropology, did extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural and urban areas of Bangladesh on politics, gender, ethnicity, religion and state of wellbeing. He served as a member of the editorial board for the journal Anthropology in Bangladesh.


Curriculum vitae

Past Positions and Research Experiences

Institution: Department of Anthropology, Heidelberg University  
Duration: Winter Semester 2012/13
Position: Lecturer
Course: Anthropology and Development

Institution: James P Grant School of Public Health
Project Title: Constructions of Sexuality, Rights and Well-Being in Urban Dhaka
Duration: Since July 20, 2008 – August 2009
Position: Co-Researcher 
Responsibilities: Worked as a core team member and was responsible to contribute in the research process.                                                                                            Supervisor and team leader: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi 

Institution: Manusher Jonno Foundation
Project Title: Baseline survey on Violence against Women and Girl Child in Bangladesh
Duration: May 2009 – till August 2009
Position: Consultant
Responsibilities: Responsible to carry out the baseline survey
Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

Institution: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in collaboration with University of Birmingham, UK and University of Bath, UK 
Project Title: Religions and Development Research Programme (RaD)
Duration: 1 February – 30 November 2007
Position: Junior Consultant
Responsibilities: Worked as team leader for the research project, was responsible to prepare research design, data collection and data processing and report writing.  
Supervisors: Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, Dr. Sarah C. White and Dr. Joe Devine  

Institution: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
Project Title: Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD)
Duration: 1 December 2003 – 31 January 2007 
Position: Research Associate (Temp.)
Responsibilities: Worked as an ethnographer and prime responsibility was to carry out ethnographic research on selected issues in the study sites including research designing, data collection and processing, and report writing.  
Supervisors: Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, Dr. Sarah C. White and Dr. Joe Devine

Institution:  Centre for Governance Studies (cgs), BRAC University and BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED)
Project Title: Research on Institutionalization of Party Politics at the Local Level
Duration: 17 July 2006 – 16 September 2006 [Part time]
Position: Research Associate
Responsibilities: Prepare research proposal, designing the methodology, supervise research assistants, data processing and analysis and prepared the final write up.
Supervisor: Dr. Mirza M Hassan

Institution: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Project Title: Thematic Trust Fund on Gender (TTFG)
Position: Research Associate
Duration: 1 January 2006 - 31 March 2006 [Part time]
Responsibilities: Mapping the institutional profiles of the GO, NGOs and international institutions working in Bangladesh on gender issues 
Supervisor: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi 

Institution: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
Project Title: Gender, Knowledge, Networking, and Human Rights Intervention in Bangladesh
Duration: 1 April 2003 – 30 November 2003
Position:  Research Assistant
Responsibilities: Implementation of the action research programme in 12 districts of Bangladesh, conduct fieldwork and other management tasks. 
Supervisors: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi and Dr. Mirza M Hassan

Institution: Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB)
Project Title: Shalish and the Quest for Gender Justice: An Assessment of Strategic Interventions in Bangladesh
Duration: 1 May 2002 – 30 March 2003
Position: Research Associate
Responsibilities: Conduct fieldwork and write research notes  
Supervisor: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi

Institution: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Project Title: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Beyond: Strategies for Intervention in Bangladesh
Duration: 1 August 2002 – 31October 2002 [Part time]
Position: Research Associate 
Responsibilities: Conduct fieldwork and write research notes 
Supervisor: Dr. Dina M Siddiqi  

Institution: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Project Title: Country Profile on 'Female Participation in Urban Local Governance'
Duration: 1 October 2000 – 31 March 2001
Position: Research Associate
Responsibilition: Conduct fieldwork and report writing
Supervisor: Dr. Farzana Islam

Selected publications

Book (Jointly Authored chapter) 

2006    The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2006. Knowledge, Perceptions, Reality. Centre for Governance Studies, BRAC University and BRAC Research and Evaluation Division. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Journal Articles

Strümpell, Christian and Ashraf, Hasan . 2012.                                                               Stress and Modern Work: Ethnographic Perspectives from Industries in Bangladesh. Masala: Newsletter Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Südasien, Jg. 7, Nr. 1 (Januar 2012) http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/savifadok/volltexte/2012/2166/pdf/Newsletter_Jg7_Nr1_Januar_2012.pdfThe article was first published in the Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter (Vol. XIII (2+3), 2011) of the Department of Ethnomedicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna. Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter XIII, 2-3: pp.24-33. http://www.univie.ac.at/ethnomedicine/PDF/ven%20XIII_2_3.pdf


Ashraf, Hasan 2009                                                                                                   Revisiting Feminist Negotiations in Bangladesh. 
Nrvijnana Patrika (Journal of Anthropology), Vol 14. 2009

Ashraf, H. and Camellia, S.  2008.                                                                                   Dhormo and Social and Cultural Construction of Wellbeing in Bangladesh: case of tablig jamat Nrvijnana Patrika (Journal of Anthropology), Vol 13. 2008

Ashraf, Hasan. 2007.                                                                                                      Slums in Dhaka, in: NETZ: Bangladesch Zeitschrift. 4/2007

Ashraf, Hasan. 2006.                                                                                                      Keine Gerechtigkeit für Frauen? : Die stille Gewalt der Dorfgemeinschaft (No justice for women: The silent violence of the village community), in: NETZ: Bangladesch Zeitschrift. 2/2006

Conference Papers

Ashraf, Hasan 2012

Labour Resistance in Bangladesh's Ready Made Garment Sector.
Presented in the Sixth European PhD workshop 17  -19 September 2012, at Lund University, Sweden jointly organised by SUSNET. 


Ashraf, Hasan 2012

Bangladesh’s global garment factories and the political economy of ‛stress’. Presented in the workshop "The Culture of Stress" 22-23 May 2012, at the Karl Jaspers Centre of Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University


Ashraf, Hasan 2011

The “djuice generation” in Bangladesh: Multinational corporations, youth culture and ritualized patterns of consumption. Presented in the workshop  “Being Young in South Asia” 23 - 25 November 2011, at the Karl Jaspers Centre of Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University  


Ashraf, Hasan 2011

‘Exporting Garments, Importing Stress’: The Effects of the Neoliberal Textile Production Regime on the Garment Workers’ Health in Bangladesh.Presented in the Annual Conference 2011, “Frontiers of Knowledge - Health, Environment and the History of Science” organized by Research Area C: Health and Environment. Cluster of Excellence, Heidelberg University. October 5 –October 7, 2011 

Ashraf, Hasan 2010

Weeping Machines in Dhaka's Garment Factories: An ethnographic perspective on work stress. Presented in workshop on "Industrial Labour, Violence and Stress: transdisciplinary perspective" organized by research group Stress and Stress Relief, Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies (KJC), Heidelberg University. December 10-11, 2010

Ashraf, Hasan 2010                                                                                                      Market-oriented modes of governance and neoliberal subjectivity in Bangladesh Export Processing Zones (EPZs): an anthropological perspective. 21 European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies. Bonn University.  26 July 2010