DR Samia Khatun

DR Samia Khatun




  • Samia Khatun is a McKenzie Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne and is collaborating with workers rights activists in Bangladesh to produce a 400-year history of textile workers from Mughal Bengal to contemporary Bangladesh. Taking a slices-through-time approach, Samia is investigating how workers have memorialised five key moments in the history of textile production through song and poetry beginning with Mughal Bengal and ending with the Rana Plaza collapse in contemporary Bangladesh. Samia completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Sydney, where her research examined connections between South Asia and Australia using Aboriginal and South Asian language materials. Since then she has held postdoctoral fellowships at Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin and The Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, Dunedin as well as a writing fellowship at the Asian-American Writers Workshop, New York. Samia has also made documentaries on Australian race relations that have screened on SBS and ABC-TV.   


Member of

  • Australian Historical Association. Member of Australian Historical Association 2013 - 2014


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2012
  • BA, University of Sydney 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise students working on Australian Aboriginal history, the British Empire, South Asian history and Islamic history.