Siraj Annie, N.

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faculteit der sociale wetensch ( sca )



Human Security

Social Movement


Public Anthropology

Documentary Film making

Regional Specialization: South Asia (Bangladesh)


My PhD research focuses on Bengali migrants (known as “settlers”) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Southeast Bangladesh. The research aims to better understand how a state-induced migration scheme influences local power relations among and between ‘minority’ and ‘majority’ populations. It also intends to scrutinize the use of labeling in these processes and examines how labels can both empower and undermine the positions of individual actors. The prevalence of categories, predetermined by ethnicity or culture in particular, seems to play a significant role both in framing the problems and in the formulation of resolutions in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This research also engages with theoretical debates on transnational/global migration to highlight the importance of the interplay of dynamic local, national and global variables rather than a simple notion of ethnicity to understand the actual situation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.



2014, “Being an 'insider' and keeping one's distance: Fluid positions and dilemma in ethnographic fieldwork”, The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol 14 (1) : 59-67

2012, "We don't want the coal mine", A documentary film on the social movement against the establishment of an open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh.