Each year the Institute for the Humanities brings a scholar to the UIC community whose innovative work has played a crucial role in reconceptualizing the disciplines of the humanities. This Visiting Fellow presents a public lecture and leads a seminar for faculty and advanced graduate students.
2019-2020 Visiting Fellow: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor at Columbia University
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a critic, theorist, translator, and activist. She is University Professor at Columbia University and a founding member of Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She is one of the world’s most prominent literary and cultural theorists, whose work continues to influence a broad range of fields, from literary criticism and philosophy to postcolonial theory and feminism. She is author of In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present (1999), and An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (2012), among many other landmark books and articles. In 2012, she received the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy; in 2013, she received the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Republic of India.
Gayatri Spivak Teaching Kit
The essays below are a broad sampling of Professor Spivak’s work. They are intended as an introduction for use in classes and reading groups in preparation for her visit to UIC on April 1 and 2.
April 1, 2020 from 4 - 6 PM
“Learning From Mistakes: How A ‘marxist-feminist-deconstructivist’ Confronts the Paradox of Democracy”
More information coming soon!
April 2, 2020 from 3 - 5 PM
Topic will be announced