In line with the Curriculum Integration Program for Fall Semester 2016, the Media Studies & Journalism (MSJ) Department of the University of Liberal Arts (ULAB, http:www.ulab.edu.bd) will hold its first forum entitled “Of Panopticons and Reverse Panopticons” on October 20, 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the ULAB Auditorium. In the forum, we will have a debate among faculty members and afterwards, a talk. The topic is: “Bangladesh is a surveillance state.” Bikash Ch. Bhowmik will be on Affirmative Side and Dr. Sarkar Barbaq Quarmal will be on Negative Side. Kader Abdul Mahmmad will Moderate the session. Later Dr. Sumon Rahman will discuss Panopticons and Reverse Panopticons.
The theme for Fall Semester 2016 is “Of Panopticons and Reverse Panopticons” The theme highlights the concept of panopticons and reverse panopticons – panopticon was conceptualized by British philosopher Jeremy Bentham and popularized by French philosopher Michel Foucault while reverse panopticon was derived from the work of Manuel Castells. In the late 18th century, Bentham blazed a trail for many technological interventions designed to help governments monitor and control public space. He made architectural plans of a new type of prison – the panopticon. The design was created in such a way so that inmates were always visible to the wardens, but where the inmates could not see the wardens. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behavior constantly. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman.
For Fall 2016, there are 17 courses targeted to be part of the Curriculum Integration Program. These are as follows: Business Beat Reporting 1 by Md. Ziaur Rahman, Introduction to Animation by Ismail Hossain, 3D Animation: Drawing for Animation by AFM Moniruzzaman, Visual Communication by Ismail Hossain, Convergence Communication 1 by AFM Moniruzzaman, Mass Communication by Marium Akther, Principles of Public Relations by Naima Alam, Introduction to Photography by Kader Mohammad, Convergence Communication 2 by Shazzad Hossain, TV Infotainment Production by Kader Mohammad, Communication and Technology by Mahmudunnabi Shafiqul Islam, Development Communication by Dr.Abul Mansur, Fictional Narrative Production by Shazzad Hossain, Speech Writing and Public Speaking by Naimul Karim, Created Private Media by Shazzad Hossain, Public Relations Campaign by Monami Haque, Documentary Production by Kader Mohammad.