Dr Adnan Hossain

  • Lecturer in Sociology (Sociology)

Biography

Adnan Hossain is an interdisciplinary scholar with a strong committment to bridging the gap between theory and practice. He was an European Research Council-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and a Visiting Sccholar at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustin Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. He was also a Research Affiliate with Amsterdam Centre for Research on Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, he was an Assisstant Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Theory at Utrecht University. 

Research interests

His research interests and expertise concern gender and sexual diversity, masculinities, transgender and intersex studies, heterosexualities, race and ethnic relations, body politics, decolonization, postcolonial studies, cricket, higher education studies, reparation movement and global inequalities in knowledge production. 

He is the author of ' Beyond emasculation: Pleasure and power in the making of hijra in Bangladesh' (Cambridge University Press 2021). This project not only challenges the dominant representation of hijras as either a third gender or a form of transgender but also the phallogocentric logic that obscures alternative sites and sources of bodily power and pleasure, emphasizing how hijras craft their own subject position. This book proposes the hijra as a counter-cultural formation that embodies not only a direct contrast to hegemonic patterns of masculinity but also an alternative subculture offering the possibility of varied forms of erotic pleasures and practices otherwise forbidden in mainstream society. 

A second book, based on the same research was published with Methuen Drama, 2022 (An imprintg of Bloomsbury Publishing). This collaborative project, drawn from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, examines the diverse ways in which practitioners negotiate present contexts, enact genealogies and mobilize, different, if not competeing futurities. With its focus on performance, interdisciplinary perspectives and trans-regional treatment, this book responds to the existing India-centricity within the field of hijra, queer and trans scholartship in South Asia by foregrounding muslim traditions that have an important hand in forming transnational networks of relationality within and between all three countries. 

 

Publications

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Number of items: 27.

2023

Hossain, A. (2023) Becoming hijra in Dhaka: Discourse, pleasure and identification. In: Aggleton, P., Cover, R., Logie, C. H., Newman, C. E. and Parker, R. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Rights, 2nd edition. Routledge, pp. 81-89. ISBN 9781032243986 (doi: 10.4324/9781003278405-11)

2022

Rahman, M. and Hossain, A. (2022) Navigating homocolonialism in LGBTQ2+ rights strategies: sexual and political possibilities beyond the current framing of international queer rights. In: Tirado Chase, A., Mahdavi, P., Banai, H. and Gruskin, S. (eds.) Human Rights at the Intersections. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 155-164. ISBN 9781350268661 (doi: 10.5040/9781350268692.0027)

Hossain, A. (2022) Badhai as Dis/Ability: meaning, context, and community in Bangladesh. In: Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (eds.) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of Drama. Methuen Drama: London, pp. 41-68. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566.ch-1)

Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (2022) Further notes on an inconclusive practice …. In: Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (eds.) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of Drama. Methuen Drama: London, pp. 135-138. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566.ch-4)

Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (2022) Introduction. In: Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (eds.) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of Drama. Methuen Drama: London, pp. 1-40. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566.ch-I)

Dutta, A., Hossain, A. and Pamment, C. (2022) Representing the Hijras of South Asia: toward transregional and global flows. In: Blidon, M. and Brunn, S. D. (eds.) Mapping LGBTQ Spaces and Places. Springer, pp. 85-103. ISBN 9783031037917 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-03792-4_6)

Alim, T., Shihab, M. and Hossain, A. (2022) Experiences of intersex individuals in Bangladesh: some reflections. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 29(2), 2149054. (doi: 10.1080/26410397.2022.2149054)

Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (2022) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of drama. Methuen Drama: London. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566)

2021

Hossain, A. (2021) Beyond emasculation: Pleasure and power in the making of hijra in Bangladesh. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316517048 (doi: 10.1017/9781009037914)

Hossain, A. (2021) Metaphor of contagion: the impact of COVID-19 on the hijras in Bangladesh. In: Banerjea, N., Boyce, P. and Dasgupta, R. K. (eds.) COVID-19 Assemblages: Queer and Feminist Ethnographies from South Asia. Routledge India: London. ISBN 9781003262251

Hossain, A. and Esthappan, S. (2021) Trans and Hijra Lives in the Covid 19 Era. Project Report. Share-Net International.

Hossain, A., Pikramenou, N., Singh, P. and Sharma, M. (2021) Intersex Justice in South Asia: Making Room for an Invisible Movement. Project Report. Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

2020

Hossain, A. (2020) From liberation to neoliberalism: race, mobility, and masculinity in Caribbean cricket. In: Besnier, N., Gisella Calabrò, D. and Guinness, D. (eds.) Sport, Migration, and Gender in the Neoliberal Age. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780429423277

Hossain, A. and Nanda, S. (2020) Globalization and change among the hijras of South Asia. In: Ryan, J. M. (ed.) Trans Lives in a Globalizing World: Rights, Identities and Politics. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780429201783

Hossain, A. (2020) Hijras in South Asia: rethinking the dominant representations. In: Davy, Z., Santos, A., Bertone, C., Thoreson, R. and Wieringa, S. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities. SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 9781526424129 (doi: 10.4135/9781529714364)

2019

Hossain, A. (2019) Section 377, same-sex sexualities and the struggle for sexual rights in Bangladesh. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 20(1), pp. 115-125. 9.

Hossain, A. (2019) Sexual nationalism, masculinity and the cultural politics of cricket in Bangladesh. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 42(4), pp. 638-653. (doi: 10.1080/00856401.2019.1607153)

Hossain, A. (2019) A Study of the Socio-Legal needs of Bangladeshi Migrant Workers in Manolada, Greece. Project Report. Open Society Foundation.

2018

Hossain, A. (2018) De-Indianizing hijra: intraregional effacements and inequalities in South Asian queer space. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, 5(3), pp. 321-331. (doi: 10.1215/23289252-6900710)

2017

Hossain, A. (2017) The paradox of recognition: hijra, third gender and sexual rights in Bangladesh. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 19(12), pp. 1418-1431. (doi: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1317831)

Hossain, A. (2017) Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back? Conversation, 4 Jul.

2016

Hossain, A. (2016) Beyond Colonialism: Contemporary Cricket Narratives in the Caribbean. [Website]

Hossain, A. (2016) Race and cricket narratives in the West Indies. Anthropology News, (doi: 10.1111/AN.77)

2012

Hossain, A. (2012) Beyond emasculation: being Muslim and becoming Hijra in South Asia. Asian Studies Review, 36(4), pp. 495-513. (doi: 10.1080/10357823.2012.739994)

2009

Hossain, A. (2009) Report on Bangladesh – 4th Round of the Universal Periodic Review – February 2009. Project Report. Sexual Rights Initiative.

Hossain, A. (2009) Shades of Grey: Conceiving Sexual Agency. [Website]

2007

Hossain, A. (2007) Whose Voice Counts? Biwako Millennium Framework in Bangladesh. Documentation. Action Aid Bangladesh and Advancing Public Interest Trust.

This list was generated on Sat Apr 20 09:56:18 2024 BST.
Number of items: 27.

Articles

Alim, T., Shihab, M. and Hossain, A. (2022) Experiences of intersex individuals in Bangladesh: some reflections. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 29(2), 2149054. (doi: 10.1080/26410397.2022.2149054)

Hossain, A. (2019) Section 377, same-sex sexualities and the struggle for sexual rights in Bangladesh. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 20(1), pp. 115-125. 9.

Hossain, A. (2019) Sexual nationalism, masculinity and the cultural politics of cricket in Bangladesh. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 42(4), pp. 638-653. (doi: 10.1080/00856401.2019.1607153)

Hossain, A. (2018) De-Indianizing hijra: intraregional effacements and inequalities in South Asian queer space. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, 5(3), pp. 321-331. (doi: 10.1215/23289252-6900710)

Hossain, A. (2017) The paradox of recognition: hijra, third gender and sexual rights in Bangladesh. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 19(12), pp. 1418-1431. (doi: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1317831)

Hossain, A. (2017) Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back? Conversation, 4 Jul.

Hossain, A. (2016) Race and cricket narratives in the West Indies. Anthropology News, (doi: 10.1111/AN.77)

Hossain, A. (2012) Beyond emasculation: being Muslim and becoming Hijra in South Asia. Asian Studies Review, 36(4), pp. 495-513. (doi: 10.1080/10357823.2012.739994)

Books

Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (2022) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of drama. Methuen Drama: London. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566)

Hossain, A. (2021) Beyond emasculation: Pleasure and power in the making of hijra in Bangladesh. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316517048 (doi: 10.1017/9781009037914)

Book Sections

Hossain, A. (2023) Becoming hijra in Dhaka: Discourse, pleasure and identification. In: Aggleton, P., Cover, R., Logie, C. H., Newman, C. E. and Parker, R. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Rights, 2nd edition. Routledge, pp. 81-89. ISBN 9781032243986 (doi: 10.4324/9781003278405-11)

Rahman, M. and Hossain, A. (2022) Navigating homocolonialism in LGBTQ2+ rights strategies: sexual and political possibilities beyond the current framing of international queer rights. In: Tirado Chase, A., Mahdavi, P., Banai, H. and Gruskin, S. (eds.) Human Rights at the Intersections. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 155-164. ISBN 9781350268661 (doi: 10.5040/9781350268692.0027)

Hossain, A. (2022) Badhai as Dis/Ability: meaning, context, and community in Bangladesh. In: Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (eds.) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of Drama. Methuen Drama: London, pp. 41-68. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566.ch-1)

Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (2022) Further notes on an inconclusive practice …. In: Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (eds.) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of Drama. Methuen Drama: London, pp. 135-138. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566.ch-4)

Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (2022) Introduction. In: Hossain, A., Pamment, C. and Roy, J. (eds.) Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia. Series: Forms of Drama. Methuen Drama: London, pp. 1-40. ISBN 9781350174535 (doi: 10.5040/9781350174566.ch-I)

Dutta, A., Hossain, A. and Pamment, C. (2022) Representing the Hijras of South Asia: toward transregional and global flows. In: Blidon, M. and Brunn, S. D. (eds.) Mapping LGBTQ Spaces and Places. Springer, pp. 85-103. ISBN 9783031037917 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-03792-4_6)

Hossain, A. (2021) Metaphor of contagion: the impact of COVID-19 on the hijras in Bangladesh. In: Banerjea, N., Boyce, P. and Dasgupta, R. K. (eds.) COVID-19 Assemblages: Queer and Feminist Ethnographies from South Asia. Routledge India: London. ISBN 9781003262251

Hossain, A. (2020) From liberation to neoliberalism: race, mobility, and masculinity in Caribbean cricket. In: Besnier, N., Gisella Calabrò, D. and Guinness, D. (eds.) Sport, Migration, and Gender in the Neoliberal Age. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780429423277

Hossain, A. and Nanda, S. (2020) Globalization and change among the hijras of South Asia. In: Ryan, J. M. (ed.) Trans Lives in a Globalizing World: Rights, Identities and Politics. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780429201783

Hossain, A. (2020) Hijras in South Asia: rethinking the dominant representations. In: Davy, Z., Santos, A., Bertone, C., Thoreson, R. and Wieringa, S. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities. SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 9781526424129 (doi: 10.4135/9781529714364)

Research Reports or Papers

Hossain, A. and Esthappan, S. (2021) Trans and Hijra Lives in the Covid 19 Era. Project Report. Share-Net International.

Hossain, A., Pikramenou, N., Singh, P. and Sharma, M. (2021) Intersex Justice in South Asia: Making Room for an Invisible Movement. Project Report. Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Hossain, A. (2019) A Study of the Socio-Legal needs of Bangladeshi Migrant Workers in Manolada, Greece. Project Report. Open Society Foundation.

Hossain, A. (2009) Report on Bangladesh – 4th Round of the Universal Periodic Review – February 2009. Project Report. Sexual Rights Initiative.

Hossain, A. (2007) Whose Voice Counts? Biwako Millennium Framework in Bangladesh. Documentation. Action Aid Bangladesh and Advancing Public Interest Trust.

Website

Hossain, A. (2016) Beyond Colonialism: Contemporary Cricket Narratives in the Caribbean. [Website]

Hossain, A. (2009) Shades of Grey: Conceiving Sexual Agency. [Website]

This list was generated on Sat Apr 20 09:56:18 2024 BST.

Grants

2022: Climate-change Induced Immobility (CLIMO): Investigating the Historical, Socio-cultural, and Political Interlinkages (With Bishawjit Mallick & Ajay Bailey). Total amount € 10,000. ONGOING.


2021: “Intersex justice in South Asia: A comparative review” (with Prashant Singh & Nikoletta Pikramenou), funded by WFD (Westminster Foundation for democracy). Total amount: £10,000. COMPLETED.


2021: Project Co-Director. Contract from the Canadian High Commission in Bangladesh to develop a research summary and policy suggestions for the Canadian LGBTQ advocacy plan in Bangladesh. December 2020-May 2021. Value of contract: $8000. COMPLETED.


2020: “Trans and hijra lives in times of Corona” in the Netherlands and Bangladesh, funded by ShareNet International. Total award €20,000. COMPLETED.


2020: Seed grant for the project “Towards a Better Future: Developing an Alternative Analytical and Methodological Approach of Marginalization, Indigeneity, and Development in (post-) Covid South Asia” (with Ellen Bal & Marina De Regt), funded by the Institute for Societal Resilience, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Total award €10,000. COMPLETED.


2018: NUFFIC OKP: STITCH: SRHR Tailor-made information and training to contribute to occupational health and safety conditions of factory workers in the ready-made garments sector in Bangladesh. Orange Knowledge Programme, Institutional Collaboration Projects, Project number OKP-ICP-BGD-103153; Total award €897,645. With Ellen Bal and Runa Laila at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. COMPLETED.

2018: ISR (Institute for Societal Resilience) seed grant at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to write a proposal (with Ellen Bal). Total amount €10,000. COMPLETED.


2018: Seed grant for writing a research proposal at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam. Total amount €2,500.


2017: Seed grant for writing a research proposal at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Total amount €2,500.


2011: Conference Travel Grant, Graduate School and the Department of Social Sciences Grant, University of Hull. Total amount £1,000.


2008: Departmental PhD Bursary, the Department of Social Sciences, University of Hull.

Supervision

I am interested in receiving expressions of interest from potential doctoral students in the following thematic areas.

Gender and sexual diversity including global heterosexualities, trans and intersex studies 

Race and ethnic relations, body politics and nationalism

Decolonization, reparation and higher education

Global inequalities in knowldege production and the social sciences 

Projects focused on 'global south' contexts are particularly welcome. 

Additional information

Fellowships


2021–2023: Academy in Exile Fellowship, Freie Universität Berlin and Forum Transregionale Studien. DECLINED.

2017–2020: Visiting Scholar, Amsterdam Centre for Research on Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam.


2015: Visiting Scholar, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.


2009: Post-conference Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the International Association for the Study of Sexuality Society and Culture VII Conference on “Contested Innocence – Sexual Agency in Public and Private Space”, Hanoi, Vietnam.


2009: Visiting Scholar Fellowship for Research on LGBT rights in Bangladesh for Universal Periodic Review funded by the Sexual Rights Initiative at the Human Rights Council, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.


2007: Visiting Fellowship at The Regional Institute on Sexuality, Society and Culture, The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality and Institute for sexuality and Gender (IGS) Renmin University of China, Beijing.