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Call For Papers

Bangladesh in The Next 30 Years

Challenges and Prospects

August 15, 2018: Abstract/paper submission deadline
September 15, 2018: Review decision

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Call For Papers Instructions

  • The following timeline applies to the submission/review/acceptance process:
    — Submission deadline: August 15, 2018
    — Review decision: September 15, 2018
  • The submissions should represent original and unpublished work on the economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, and other issues relating to the conference theme.
  • An extended abstract or a complete paper should be submitted by August 15, 2018 through the submission drop box at the BDI website ( Submissions can also be sent by email to Dr. Munir Quddus ( with cc to Dr. Rahim Quazi ( To the extent possible, submissions should contain details on the research question, theoretical framework, methodology and policy implications/recommendations.
  • Submissions should be well written and ideally based on rigorous and contemporary academic research, with careful and clear presentation of the methodology used. If the submission is a complete paper, it should include a discussion of the policy implications of the research.
  • No more than two single-authored submissions will be accepted from the same author.
  • We are also interested in a select number of theme-specific research sessions and panels. If you are inter- ested in putting together a session or a panel, please contact us with a title, abstract, and a list of potential authors/panelists.

  • Each submission will be reviewed by subject specialists. Authors will be notified of the acceptance/rejection of their initial submission by September 15, 2018.
  • BDI retains the right to accept or reject a paper based on quality and relevance considerations. We do commit that the selection process will be rigorous and fair.

  • Complete papers should be submitted by February 28, 2019 for inclusion in the conference proceedings CD and consideration for possible publication in the Journal of Bangladesh Studies, a peer-reviewed journal, published by BDI in the USA, and in Bangladesh in partnership with Policy Research Institute (PRI).
  • As with the past conferences, BDI will consider publishing book volumes with selected papers.

A number of prominent scholars and experts are expected to deliver keynote addresses, speak at the ple- nary sessions, and serve on panels in the conference. If you are interested in serving on a panel, please send a note and your resume to Dr. Munir Quddus ( with cc to Dr. Rahim Quazi ( Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, recipient of the 2017 BDI Lifetime Achievement Award, will be honored and invited to present a lecture at the Saturday Banquet on March 23, 2019.

Detailed registration information will be forthcoming on BDI’s homepage ( Please check this page on a regular basis for updates.

The conference registration fee is $250 and the registration deadline is February 1, 2019. This fee covers access to all sessions during the conference, plenary sessions, available papers, one formal dinner, two lunches, and two breakfasts. For participants from Bangladesh (excluding students), the registration fee is $150. For students (from all countries) and local residents, the registration fee is $100. Whether you are presenting a paper or not, you are welcome to attend the conference.

Authors of the accepted submissions will receive formal letters confirming acceptance for the conference. This will help authors to begin preparations for travel (including visa) to USA. A list of authors, panelists and invited guests will be sent to the US Embassy in Dhaka to assist with visa. Please note that BDI has no control over the visa process, which is solely the jurisdiction of the US Embassy.

BDI will post a list of hotels in the area near the conference site, and share details on how to reserve a room on its homepage in the coming days. Other information such as directions to the venue and transportation will be posted on the BDI website as these become available. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

As with the past conferences, BDI seeks to bring a large number of participants from Bangladesh. Hence, we look for sponsors from both the private and public sectors to underwrite the conference costs, and to provide limited travel stipends. Provided sufficient funds become available, travel stipends may be offered to partially cover the registration/travel expenses for those traveling from Bangladesh. However, at this time no commitment can be made on travel stipends. Even if these stipends become available, they will be reimbursed after the conference is over, and the amount may not exceed $500. Those interested in attending the conference are advised to be prepared to bear the full cost of travel to the conference (registration, travel, hotel, food, local transportation, etc.).

For questions and other information on BDI or the 2019 International Conference, please contact Dr. Munir Quddus ( with cc to Dr. Rahim Quazi (