The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Art Bangladesh ( ULAB) organized the Graduate Student Seminar for Fall 2021 on January 6, 2022. This is a regular event of the department that aims to highlight notable student papers prepared for courses. The papers are selected based on course instructors’ recommendations and attempts are made to include representatives from each of the three MA tracks: Literature and Cultural Studies, Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and Literature and Creative Writing.
The seminar began with Marjuque-ul-Haque’s paper, “Afghanistan in Bollywood Films.” Marjuque is from the Literature and Cultural Studies track. In his paper, Marjuque selected eight Bollywood films from different eras and discussed how the films portrayed Afghanistan as barbaric and displayed common misconceptions about their culture. He also highlighted the difference between Bollywood and Hollywood orientalism.
The second presenter, Abir Saha, from the Applied Linguistics and TESOL track, presented his paper on “Materials Development and the Empirical Value.” He gave an overview of materials development, its impact, production, evaluation, aims, and objectives, and the sociological value of materials.
Finally, Krishti Aung Leona, also from the Literature and Cultural Studies track, shared her ideas on “Building Contemporary Global Consciousness through Transitional Literature.” She spoke about the effect of climate change and gave a synopsis on migration and the refugee crisis, the Myanmar and Rohingya crisis, Canada’s indigenous children, and ethnic minorities in Bangladesh.
At the end of the seminar, Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro-Vice Chancellor of ULAB and Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, conveyed his thanks to the students and added some thoughts on indigenous populations all over the world. He shared his in-depth thoughts on how creative insights and critical engagement are essentials for development.
The seminar was attended by students and faculty from the department as well as guests.
The seminar can be viewed here.
Report by Faria Karim (193013096)