Speakers at the program included Prof Shamsad Mortuza, Prof Kaiser Haq, Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam, and Dr Sohana Manzoor
The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has organized a colloquium to commemorate the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare.
The event “Shakespeare: A Willful Bard” was held on Thursday.
Speakers at the program included Prof Shamsad Mortuza, acting vice-chancellor, ULAB; Prof Kaiser Haq, poet and translator; Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam, fiction writer and critic; and Dr Sohana Manzoor, fiction writer and editor of The Daily Star Literature page; all faculty members of the Department of English and Humanities (DEH) at ULAB.
Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam discussed Shakespeare from a postmodern point of view.
He argued that Shakespeare identified the issues of race and colonization much ahead of his time, making him immortal.
Prof Kaiser Haq discussed how intricately the sonnets are composed and how much of Shakespeare’s mindfulness is apparent in his sonnets.
Prof Shamsad Mortuza discussed Shakespeare from a posthumanistic viewpoint. His presentation “Human Being/ Being Human” began with the idea that human beings always pondered upon what it takes to be human.
Dr Sohana Manzoor explored Shakespeare’s experimentation with gender identities.
According to Dr Manzoor, Shakespeare was conscious that gender is a performed activity. He intended to question the tyranny of gender dichotomy. She opined that the interplay of gender roles in the plays of Shakespeare created room for discussion on the otherwise static gender identities.
The colloquium, attended by participants from all over the country, began with the opening remarks by Arifa Ghani Rahman, the Head of the department, and was hosted by Assistant Professor Nadia Rahman.
To add flavour to the colloquium, Tasfiya Saba, a student of the department, sang a Shakespeare song. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Sumaiya Kabir, lecturer of the department.