Bengal Studies has a vibrant existence with scholars from different academic disciplines engaged in teaching, research and publishing in various areas of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. They are working from various centres situated in Bangladesh, India, and, other countries. As the discipline evolves, there is a need of professional platform for regular interaction between these scholars, a mechanism for disseminating information about the activities of different centres of teaching and research, and referred journals to publish the best research.
The idea of forming a common platform for scholars of Bengal Studies took shape through multi-phased interaction between scholars of Bengali Language, Literature and Culture. It was initiated during a seminar on Buddhadeb Basu in Assam University, Silchar. Some of the participants of that seminar met on 13th November, 2008, to give a formal shape to the idea of holding Antarjatik Banglabidya Sammelan on regular basis. This was followed by another meeting of leading scholars of Bengali and other disciplines from various Universities of Bangladesh held on 17th June, 2009, at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
As an outcome of such interactions, the 1st International Congress of Bengal Studies was organized by the Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of Delhi, India, during 25th – 28th February, 2010. Prof. Hayat Mamud, renowned litterateur, former professor of Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, and Fellow of the Bangla Academy, Dhaka, was nominated as the Academic President of the 1st Congress.
On the concluding day of the Congress, 28th February, 2010, International Society of Bengal Studies was formed as a platform of Bengal Studies scholars to organize International Congress of Bengal Studies in collaboration with academic institutions t regular intervals and to take up other projects such as creation of a Bengal Studies Database and publication of a refereed journal.
The 2nd International Congress of Bengal Studies was organized by the University of Dhaka and Bangla Academy, Dhaka, during 17th – 20th December, 2011. Prof. Anisuzzaman, Emeritus Professor, University of Dhaka, was nominated as the Academic President of the 2nd Congress.
The 3rd International Congress of Bengal Studies was organized at the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, during 19th – 22nd November, 2013. Prof. Alokranjan Dashgupta, renowned poet and Professor of Bengali, Heidelberg University, Germany, was nominated as the Academic President of the 3rd Congress.
The 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies will be hosted by the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, during 11th – 13th December, 2015. Prof. Pabitra Sarkar, former Professor of Bengali, and former Vice Chancellor of the Rabindra Bharati University, India, has been nominated as the Academic President of the 4th Congress.