Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr Saad Quasem

Key information

Department of Anthropology and Sociology Lecturer in Anthropology
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:30pm or by appointment


I work on the contemporary affects of colonial extraction, namely the making of private property in Bangladesh. My PhD thesis studied the chars (river islands) on the Brahmaputra River and the subjectivity of Chardwellers given the colonial and post-colonial nation-state's practices of appraising and appropriating land rather than water. My interests lie in understanding the subtle differentiation constructed between land and water by state regimes since the advent of colonialism through the fissures which are becoming clearer and clearer as climate change begins to pose a threat. 

Key publications

  • Quasem, S. (July 2022).  "Watery Imaginaries: Undoing the Lines in Pre-carity” in Water Pedagogies: From the Academy and Beyond. Special Series Blog by Network on Canadian Environment and History.   
  • Thomas, T., Mainuddin, K., Chiang, C., Rahman, A., Haque, A., Islam, N., Quasem, S. and Sun, Yan. Agriculture and adaptation in Bangladesh: Current and projected impacts of climate change (1 July 2013). [IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01281].

Research interests

Climate Change, Post-Colonialism, Disaster Studies, Indigenous Knowledge Practices, South Asia.


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