With a motto of embracing the “new normal” that the academia is currently experiencing amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of English of the University of Asia Pacific inaugurated an international webinar series on “Doing English Studies Postcolonially” on 29 September, 2020.
A glimpse of the webinar – day 1
The month-long webinar series began on September 29, 2020 and continued till October 31, 2020. The department promoted the webinar series as a platform on which eminent academics, scholars and students could share their knowledge and generate ideas about the postcolonial perspectives in English literature in the era of ‘globalization’, redefining the notions of postcoloniality.
This event brought together international scholars from Bangladesh and India to discuss their insights and research on the current scenario of postcoloniality in English studies and academia. The Chief Guest of the inaugural ceremony was Professor Dr Fakrul Alam, UGC Professor and distinguished faculty member of the Department of English, University of Dhaka, while the Special Guest of the inaugural ceremony was Air Cdre (Retd.) Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury, acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Asia Pacific. The first webinar of the series was titled “Revisiting Mythological Plays: A Postcolonial Enquiry” with Professor Dr Prakash Balikai from the Central University of Karnataka, India, as the speaker of the session. The next session of the series titled “Translating the Local into Global in the Postcolonial Indian English Fiction” was held on October 4, 2020. Professor Dr. G.K. Badiger from Karnataka, India was the speaker of the webinar. The event was coordinated by Mrs. Ismat Zarin, Assistant Professor of the English Department, UAP.