Apr 1 2020

*CANCELLED* 2019-2020 Visiting Fellow Lecture: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

April 1, 2020

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Student Center East, Room 329, Cardinal Room


750 South Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607









[NOTE: The April 1 & April 2, 2020 events with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak are CANCELLED but will be rescheduled for later dates. Stay tuned for more information about the rescheduled dates.]

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.


April 1, 2020 from 4 - 6 PM

“Learning From Mistakes: How A ‘marxist-feminist-deconstructivist’ Confronts the Paradox of Democracy”

Lecture location: Student Center East, Room 329, Cardinal Room
750 South Halsted


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. 

An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization, chapters 20-23.

“Can the Subaltern Speak?”

“The Politics of Translation,” from Outside in the Teaching Machine

“Sex and History in The Prelude” (1805), from In Other Worlds

“Theory in the Margin: Coetzee’s Foe Reading Defoe’s Crusoe/Roxana”

“Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism”

“How do We Write, Now?” 

“Cultural Pluralism?”


Linda Vavra

Date posted

Dec 10, 2019

Date updated

Mar 13, 2020


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