Seminar on Development, Culture and Tourism in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh: exploring Indigenous and gender concerns

Please come along to Sabiha Yeasmin Rosy’s first seminar for the Department of Geography and Planning on Tuesday 14th February at Macquarie University, details below.

Abstract:

Tourism, as a newly ventured development initiative is the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), raises multidimensional concerns and scopes within indigenous communities. Indigenous people of Bangladesh share predominant history of discrimination and violation by the state due to cultural differences, which seems to be persistent in the development programs including tourism development as culture is mostly ignored and devalued in development planning. This research intends to understand the implications of developing tourism in the indigenous peoples’ lives in that region. The tourism-gender-development nexus through the lens of culture helps to underscore the potential of tourism both as a risk or an opportunity towards livelihood, gender relations and environment of indigenous people. Moreover, the gender relations, as introduced or constructed by tourism, depict the impacts on women’s lives. Consequently, this research calls for ecotourism as an alternative form of tourism in the CHT, as integration of indigenous knowledge and culture can make the development process sustainable and effective.

Seminar time: 12pm-1pm

Place: building W6A, room 107 Macquarie University

No RSVP required – all welcome.

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About Sabiha Yeasmin Rosy:

Sabiha Yeasmin Rosy is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. She has major academic affiliations with gender issues due to her Bachelor and Masters studies in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Later on, she pursued her M. Phil degree in Gender and Development in University of Bergen, Norway, and has written a dissertation on women trafficking survivors’ reintegration in Bangladesh. She possesses keen interest in development issues related to violence against women, women’s economic development, indigenous rights and environment. Being a novice researcher, she tries to experience and understand the diversity of lives, histories and cultures, to enrich herself as a learner. She also has a passion to connect academia and activism together to promote change in a broader context.

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