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Battle of the Senses

August 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

About “Battle of the Senses”:

When it comes to the senses, sight has been privileged over all the other—the so-called ‘lower’—senses. Hearing, touch, taste and smell are presented in literary texts as if they only help us “see better”. The fugue of five senses and the western privileging of sight were explored by Claude Lévi-Strauss. Marshall McLuhan flattened such a hegemony of vision by promoting a type of multi-sensory tribalism that pervades us in a media-driven society. Our reading of the senses has thus gone through different phases: pre-modern hieroglyphic, enlightenment visuality, Romantic synaesthesia, modernist derangement, and postmodernist (what Jameson calls) “senses of the end”.

The Department of English and Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh would like to make sense of the sensory debate, and at the same time try to understand how it feels to be out of one’s senses.

DEH professors will reflect on the state and status of our five senses; and they will talk about our sixth sensetoo!


Prof. Syed Manzoorul Islam (Sight)
Professor, DEH, ULAB

Prof. Kaiser Haq (Taste)
Professor, DEH & Director, Dhaka Translation Centre, ULAB

Prof. Fakrul Alam (Sound)
Adjunct Professor, DEH, ULAB

Prof. Azfar Hussain (Smell)
Summer Distinguished Professor, ULAB

Prof. Golam Sarwar Chowdhury (Sixth Sense)
Professor, DEH, ULAB

Prof. Shamsad Mortuza (Touch)
Professor and Head, DEH, ULAB

Assistant Professor
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)


August 4, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


ULAB School of Art & Humanities (SAH)


ULAB Campus A Auditorium
House 56, Road 4A @ Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.