I am an Academy of Finland (AOF) postdoctoral researcher based at the Karelian Institute. My AOF project explores whether, why, and how the state creates a situation where refugees and asylum seekers are kept indeterminately waiting. It is geographically focused on the Rohingya refugees in the camps of Bangladesh and the asylum seekers residing in different reception centers in Finland.
At the Institute, my works engage with the university strategic program that focuses specifically on the profiling area of “cultural encounters, mobilities and borders.” Broadly, I am interested in exploring the way man-made ideas of borders and bounded spaces affect human mobility and vice versa. As such, I specialize in the study of state, territory, borders, sovereignty, (non)citizenship, and migration. At the same time, I often remain critical regarding “importing” ready-made ideas from the Global North to the Global South in terms of both theory and methods. My scholarship thus sits at the intersection of political geography, critical geopolitics, decolonial praxis, and qualitative research methods.
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Gendering the BRI: a viewpointRuwanpura, Kanchana N; Ferdoush, Md Azmeary. 2023. Gender, place and culture. [Epub ahead of print 10 Nov 2023]: 1-10
Anticipatory state identity: Understanding the Finnish state's approach to the ArcticFerdoush, Md Azmeary; Väätänen, Vesa. 2022. Area. 54: 618-626
Flexible land: The state and its citizens’ negotiation over land ownershipFerdoush, Md Azmeary. 2022. Geoforum. 130: 46-58
New Borders and Mobility in the Age of GlobalizationPaasi, Anssi; Ferdoush, Md Azmeary. Teoksessa: Timothy, Dallen J; Gelbman, Alon(toim.) , 2022. Routledge Handbook of Borders and Tourism. s. 47-60. Routledge
Showcase citizens: citizenship in the making along the borders of post-colonial South AsiaFerdoush, Md Azmeary. 2022. Citizenship studies. 2023; 27: 59-80