Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Anabelle Suitor

PhD Candidate of Anthropology
Summer Fellow 2018
Project Title: Marking and Being Marked by Territory: Productions of a Home for the Urban Poor and Street Dogs in Chittagong, Bangladesh

The land of Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to the forces of anthropogenic environmental changes. The discourse on these changes paints human and nature in never-ending conflict. Anabelle's research seeks to read against this sort of catastrophic framing to explore what kinds of human-nonhuman relations and solidarities are produced under and against environmental and economic pressures to Chittagong, Bangladesh’s land and nature. Anabelle uses these relations to understand how people can find a sense of belonging or rootedness in a rapidly changing space. During this period of time, she will also be undertaking Bengali-language training.