Three day literary festival kicked off on Tuesday at University of Sargodha to highlight the importance of literature and its impact on the lives of individuals.The event aimed at promoting English literature and linguistics, in order to promote reading culture among students. The event also aimed at setting a platform through which students and avid literature learners can explore their hidden talents and can enthusiastically participate in different activities.
The event organized by the Department of English, Sargodha University, was largely attended by the academicians and researchers from across the country including University of Sargodha Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, NUML Dean Social Sciences Dr Shahid Siddiqui, FC Chairman English Department Dr Waseem Anwar, BZU Associate Professor Dr Zia Ahmad and University of Sargodha Chairman English Department Ijaz Asghar Bhatti, along with other faculty members and students.
The University of Sargodha literary festival will include extended talks on various topics related to language, literature and culture, musical events, ted talks, movie screenings, drama performances, workshop and poem and short story writing competition.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad emphasised upon the increasing need of merging the literature with the political and powerful discourses. He further highlighted the global issues and role of literature in effectively portraying a positive image of the nation.
Dr Shahid Siddiqui sharing his views on “Literature and Politics of Exclusion” focused on the role of language as a powerful tool in representing and structuring the world. He said a number of stereotypes are constructed with the help of language and this politics of labeling and naming plays a vital part in the process of exclusion.
The discursive patriarchal hegemony is established and maintained on a regular basis through different social institutions – such as the family, educational institutions and the media. The patriarchal superiority established in a subtle manner through different means including songs, jokes, commercials, matrimonial ads, sayings, proverbs, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, TV plays, films and literature, he added.
Dr Waseem Anwar regarded literature as a bridge between the knowledge and society .He advised the students to read the literature without being judgmental and emphasised on establishing a critical thinking which leads to a productive discourse analysis.
Dr Zia Ahmad focused on the postcolonial Pakistani Fiction in English. He said females need to be presented in the same way as men in fiction. He talked about the binary opposition, ‘Us and They’ and ‘Master and Slave’ relationships .Moreover, he encouraged the female audience to break the shackles of the patriarchal society by promoting literature written by female Pakistani Writers.
The festival will continue for two more days during which ted talk, drama performances, and movie screenings, poem and short story writing competition would be carried out.