The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organized a Graduate Student Seminar online for the MA students to present their papers on September 4, 2022. In the Summer 2022 Graduate Student Seminar, four graduate students presented their papers. The students were Arunav Das, Tauhida Islam, and Sofia Zafrin, from the Literature and Cultural Studies track, and Md. Mashiur Rahaman from the Literature and Creative Writing track.
The aim of the seminar is to offer graduate students a platform to showcase their research. The seminar goes beyond academics, allowing participants to present themselves among peers and faculty who can respond appropriately to their work. Students’ ideas must be presented concisely, precisely, and effectively. This exercise is useful not just to prepare for conferences but also to handle real life situations. The seminars are held every term for the MA students in the English program with the students being nominated by their course instructors from the previous semester.
Arunav Das is a final term student and was recently awarded the highly competitive Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship to pursue an MA in World Literature at Nalanda University. His topic was “Migration and Refugee Crisis in Poetry: Birth of Bangladesh.”
The second presenter was Tauhida Islam with her paper on “A Literary World inside the World of Social Media: The Use of Social Media Platforms for Literary Discussions.” Her presentation was followed by Md. Mashiur Rahaman who presented his paper “Defiance of the Docile: Reading The Adivasi Will Not Dance.” The final presenter of the seminar was Sofia Zafrin, presenting on “Beauty Pageant and Cultural Hybridity: An Analysis of Lux Channel i Superstar (2014 and 2018).”
The seminar, coordinated by the MA Coordinator, Dr. Tabassum Zaman, Associate Professor, DEH, began with an encouraging welcome speech by Prof. Kaiser Haq.
The seminar is available for viewing at: https://youtu.be/sTJbKYP5L1o.
Report by Maliha Huq, Teaching Assistant (202056005)