3rd Law Faculty Open Discussion at DU
"Postmodernism" in our conventional way of thinking, seems to be an articulating discourse that comes after modernism. But this delusion came to an end after I attended the "Law Faculty Open Discussion" held on 14 May, 2018 at the faculty premises.
Since early 2017, the Faculty has been arranging this multidisciplinary lecture series for creating communicable passages among different schools of thought, welcoming students and young professionals from all different disciplines.
"What is Postmodernism?" was the title of the third edition of the series. Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam, Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka, chaired the program as the speaker. The initiator of this program, Mr. Syed Masud Reza, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, DU delivered his welcome speech and the mission of the series in brief.
At first, Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam focused on the concept of Postmodernism as it is the practice of criticizing and deconstructing the theories of modernism. It goes parallel to modernism and puts out the mistaken notions that postmodernism blears modernism.
Professor Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam then went into the emergence, evolution and the socio-political, religious and economic features of modernism and the advent of postmodernism. He introduced us to the various dimensions regarding postmodernism, especially, the urge towards questioning the so-called truth, emphasizing on subjectivity, the installation of rationality in all spheres of state mechanism.
In answer to a question, Professor stated that since Postmodernism goes parallel to modernism, it might not be as manifested as modernism, as it seems to be a passive method. And then he pointed out some probable sectors that can be affected by this tradition. He also drew the fine line between abstract and absurdity-which appears to be a puzzle to the critics of postmodernism.
At the end of the session, Dr. Islam questioned the existing legal system and given several introspections inclining to the postmodernist viewpoint. Those are, the necessity of transcendent nature of law and legal system, The method of studying law and adjudication combining with relevant economic school. He proposed that the established ideological and gender discourse should be gone through a very close observation of power relation.
Sadia Saif is a law graduate of Department of Law,
University of Dhaka