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Girijananda Chowdhury University Hosts International Symposium on Language, Culture, and Identity in Collaboration with Assam Colleges

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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Girijananda Chowdhury University (GCU), in collaboration with several esteemed colleges across Assam, hosted the International Symposium on the Intersection of Language, Culture, and Identity.

Girijananda Chowdhury University Hosts International Symposium on Language, Culture, and Identity

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This symposium brought together academic institutions including Doom Dooma College in Tinsukia, Dakshin Kamrup Girls College in Mirza, Sipajhar College in Darrang, Rangia College in Rangia, Dispur College in Guwahati, Chhaygaon College in Chhaygaon, Swahid Peoli Phukan College in Namti, Sonapur College in Sonapur, Digboi Mahila Mahavidyalaya in Digboi, Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati, B.Baruah College in Guwahati, Pub Bongsar College in Singimari, North Guwahati College in Guwahati, Kharupetia College in Darrang, B. H. College in Howly, Barpeta Girls’ College in Barpeta, Tezpur College in Tezpur, and Nabajyoti College in Kalgachia.

The symposium began with the ceremonial inauguration of the conference proceedings titled “Borders and Boundaries: Indigenous Cultures Now and Then.” The inauguration was led by Jasoda Ranjan Das, President of the SSA Society, along with Prof. Jayanta Deka, Hon’ble Chancellor of GCU, Prof. Kandarpa Das, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of GCU, and the invited resource persons. This book is a compilation of papers presented at the earlier conference “Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Indigenous Cultures Now and Then,” held on January 22-23, 2024. The volume was meticulously edited by Dr. Nilakshi Goswami, Dr. Jupitara Boro, Priti Sarmah, and Manashi Devi.

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The symposium featured two eminent scholars as resource persons: Professor Sharif Atiquzzaman, Professor of English and Principal of Government Brajalal College in Khulna, Bangladesh, and Professor Adnan Khadim Al-Karghood, Professor of Spanish Language and Translation at Al al-Bayt University in Mafraq, Jordan. Their presence and contributions added significant value to the event, offering international perspectives on the themes of language, culture, and identity.

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The symposium served as a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas, fostering discussions, and sparking new perspectives among participants. A total of 44 academic representatives from various MoU-signed colleges with GCU attended the event, enhancing the atmosphere of intellectual exchange and collaboration.

During the symposium, participants engaged in a series of panel discussions, workshops, and paper presentations. These sessions covered a wide array of topics related to the intersection of language, culture, and identity, reflecting the diverse academic interests and expertise of the attendees.

One of the key themes explored was the role of indigenous languages in shaping cultural identity. Scholars discussed how language preservation and revitalization efforts are crucial for maintaining the cultural heritage of indigenous communities. Case studies from different regions were presented, highlighting successful initiatives and ongoing challenges in this field.

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Another significant topic of discussion was the impact of globalization on cultural identities. Participants examined how global cultural exchanges influence local traditions and languages, leading to both opportunities and tensions. The discussions emphasized the need for a balanced approach that respects and integrates global influences while preserving local cultural identities.

The symposium also delved into the relationship between language and power dynamics. Presenters explored how language policies and practices can either empower or marginalize certain groups within society. The role of education in promoting linguistic diversity and inclusivity was a focal point, with recommendations for policy changes and educational reforms to support these goals.

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A highlight of the event was the interactive workshop on translation and cultural mediation. Led by Professor Adnan Khadim Al-Karghood, the workshop provided practical insights into the complexities of translating cultural nuances and the importance of cultural competence in translation practices. Participants had the opportunity to engage in hands-on translation exercises, enhancing their skills and understanding of the field.

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Professor Sharif Atiquzzaman delivered a thought-provoking keynote address on the evolution of cultural identities in the digital age. He discussed how digital media platforms are transforming the way cultures are expressed and perceived, creating new avenues for cultural exchange and hybridization. His address underscored the importance of critically engaging with digital media to navigate its impact on cultural identities.

The symposium concluded with a roundtable discussion where participants reflected on the key insights gained from the event and discussed future directions for research and collaboration. The roundtable emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to studying language, culture, and identity, and the need for continued dialogue and cooperation among scholars from different fields and regions.

In his closing remarks, Prof. Kandarpa Das, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of GCU, expressed his gratitude to all the participants and collaborators for their contributions to the success of the symposium. He highlighted the significance of such academic gatherings in fostering a deeper understanding of the complex interplay between language, culture, and identity, and in promoting a culture of research and innovation.

The International Symposium on the Intersection of Language, Culture, and Identity at GCU was a resounding success, bringing together a diverse group of scholars and fostering rich intellectual exchanges. The event not only showcased the academic strength and collaborative spirit of the participating institutions but also set the stage for future research and initiatives aimed at exploring and preserving the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region and beyond.

This symposium stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of GCU and its partner colleges in advancing the study of language and culture. It underscored the university’s commitment to promoting academic excellence and cultural understanding, paving the way for further research and innovation in these vital areas.

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