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.
2020-2021 Visiting Fellow: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor at Columbia University
NOW SCHEDULED FOR 2021!!
Registration information & Readings located below.
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.
Professor Spivak will be assisted in both programs by Surya Parekh, Assistant Professor of English, Binghamton University.
Lecture & Seminar
April 14, 2021; 4-6pm, Via Webinar
“Learning From Mistakes: How A ‘marxist-feminist-deconstructivist’ Confronts the Paradox of Democracy.”
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April 15, 2021; 3-5pm, Via ZOOM
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“Confronting the Paradox of Democracy”
Professor Spivak suggests that we concentrate reading in particular on Devi’s “Pterodactyl,” “Looking Backward, Looking Forward,” “Global Marx,” as well as “Reading ‘Pterodactyl.'” Those unfamiliar with her essay “Can the Subaltern Speak” should read this as well, found in its revised form in A Critique of Postcolonial Reason in the “Teaching Kit.”
Coda (these readings to be supplied at the seminar):
Sankha Ghosh, “Come Let Us Bond Together” [আয় আয় বেঁধে বেঁধে থাকি]; “A Task of Many Centuries” [সে অনেক শতাব্দীর কাজ]; “Which Side Are You On?” [তুমি কোন দলে?]
Tushar Kanjilal, “Dinu”
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 lecture and seminar in April 2021.