SOAS University of London

Advertising Nationalism: Commemorating the liberation war in Bangladeshi print advertisements

Dr. Kajalie Shehreen Islam, Dhaka University

Date: 25 November 2020Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 25 November 2020Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Webinar

This talk explores the role of the media as a discursive tool in the commemoration of Bangladesh’s war of liberation. It critically engages with the notion of mediated memory in the foreground of corporate nationalism. Through a discourse analysis of print advertisements published in Bangladeshi newspapers on the country’s Independence and Victory Days over five decades, the talkpaper traces the use of nationalism in advertising discourse and the shift from a development-oriented approach to corporate nationalism, with the underlying theme of glorification of war, but which is highly dependent on the political context of the time.

Kajalie Shehreen Islam (MA, PhD, SOAS), is a faculty member at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Her research interests include political communication, and gender and media. Her work has been published in national and international journals and books. Islam was also a journalist with Bangladesh’s leading English-language newspaper, The Daily Star, for over a decade, covering human rights, gender, politics, development and more.

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Organiser: Dr. Dina Matar, Chair, Centre for Global Media and Communication

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