The Department of English of Daffodil International University is going to organize an international conference titled as Postcolonial Perspectives: Language, Literature and Culture and the Global South at its Dhanmondi campus on 14–15 February 2020. Professor Bill Ashcroft, Professor Emeritus of the University of New South Wales, Australia and Professor Fakrul Alam, UGC Professor of the University of Dhaka, will present two keynote speeches at the Conference. , Professor Himadri Lahiri from Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata, India will also join the Conference as a plenary speaker. Many leading academics in the field of English from Bangladesh include, among others, Notable Bangladeshi academics Professor AMM Hamidur Rahman, Proessor Niaz Zaman and Professor Kaiser Haq will also attend the conference as plenary speakers, session chairs and panel discussants. First Security Islami Bank Ltd. is the associate partner of the conference.
In addition to the above mentioned sessions, two vibrant panel discussions will be staged by the leading experts in the field of English language and literature where the discussants will share their experience and insights with each-other as well as with the audience.
All these were informed in a Meet the Press held today (February 11, 2020) at the 71 Milonayoton of the university. The meet the Press was addressed by Professor Dr. Yousuf M Islam, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. S M Maabubul Haque Majumder, Pro Vice Chancellor,Professor A M M Hamidur Rahman, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Prof. Dr. Engr. A K M Fazlul Hoque, Registrar, Mr. Md. Rakibul Hasan Khan, Associate Professor & Head of the Department of English of Daffodil International University and Convener of the international conference.
It was also informed in the ‘Meet the Press’ that Postcolonialism is an approach to examine the colonial past and its legacy on the contemporary world. In the upcoming conference this approach will be discussed from the perspective of the ‘global south’, i.e., the once colonized countries. Whereas the former, Professor Bill Ashcroft, is a renowned scholar in the field of postcolonialism with his pioneering works The Empire Writes Back (1989) and many others, the latter, Professor Fakrul Alam, is one of the leading intellectuals of this field in contemporary Bangladesh. Professor Alam’s significant works include: Imperial Entanglements and Literature in English (2007), South Asian Writers in English (2006), and Daniel Defoe: Colonial Propagandist (1989).
Furthermore, the conference is expected to become a hub for knowledge sharing among local intelligentsia, since around 50 presenters from different public and private universities of Bangladesh will share their research papers on the occasion. It must also be mentioned that 10 faculty members from the English Department of Daffodil International University will participate with their recent researches at the Conference.