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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY 21 FEB 2021 - Session 1: BHASHA ANDOLON + Language in Bangladesh


Feb 21, 2021 09:28 AM

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Dr Maniruzzaman (মনিরুজ্জামান)
@University of Chittagong
Dr Maniruzzaman is a retired professor of linguistics at the Bangla Department of the University of Chittagong. He is also an essayist, poet and folklorist, passionately interested in the history of Bangladesh. His books spanning topics such as linguistics, sociological research and literature include: Bhasha Shomoshya O Onyanyo Proshongo, Diglossia in Bangladesh and Language Planning, Bangladesher Lokshongskriti Shondhan 1947-71, Nawab Faijonnesa, Bangla Sahityo: Otit O Uttarkal, and his volumes of short stories and poems. He has also conducted extensive research on the tribal languages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. And set up a linguistics library at his ancestral village home of Adiabad near Narsingdi.
Ahmed Rafiq (আহমদ রফিক)
Ahmed Rafiq is a Bhasha Andolon (Bangla language movement) activist, writer and Rabindranath Tagore expert awarded with the second highest civilian award, the Ekushey Padak, by the Bangladesh Government. Introduced in memory of the Bhasha Andolon martyrs of 1952, the award is given in recognition for outstanding contributions to a number of fields including: art, economy, education, journalism, language movement, war of liberation, literature, research, science and technology, and social service. He is also an MBBS graduate from Dhaka Medical College, and has achieved numerous other awards from Bangla Academy and from the Tagore Research Institute in Kolkata. His publications include: Nirbashita Nayak, Onek Ronger Akash, Shishuder Rabindranath, Kishorder Rabindranath and Nirbachita Rabindranat
Jibunnessa Abdullah
Founder & Director @Digital Museum
Jibunnessa Abdullah will be the event host and presenter. She has a background in archaeology, and has worked on archaeological and palaeontological fieldwork and survey projects in various parts of the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas. She is also a coder, writer, graphic designer, animator and video editor who also teaches these skills to community groups, corporate clients and university staff and students. Her aim with the series is to bring some of the finest experts in archaeology, history, anthropology, linguistics, palaeontology, geology and philosophy, along with writers, filmmakers, journalists, artists, and public decision-makers, from around the globe together online to create a scholarly space for intelligent talks and conversations accessible to all.