Online speech, Spivak, May 13, 2011
- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Gender and translation in the global utopia
Tarragona, 13 de maig 2011, 12.00 - 2 pm
Online here: http://videoconferencia.urv.es/r31247815/
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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor at Columbia University (United States), where she is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She is a leading thinker on issues of feminism, Marxism, deconstruction, and globalization. She has been an activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986.
Professor Spivak is best known for criticizing the legacy of colonialism. Her theorization and translations highlight those who are marginalized and disenfranchised by dominant western cultures: the new immigrant, the working class, women and other "postcolonial subjects."
Professor Spivak obtained a B.A. in English at Presidency College, Calcutta, in 1959, and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Cornell University in 1967. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, the University of London, and Oberlin College.
Her books include Myself Must I Remake: The Life and Poetry of W. B. Yeats (1974), Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida's De la grammatologie, 1976), In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987), Selected Subaltern Studies (ed., 1988), The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues (1990), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), Imaginary Maps (translation with critical introduction of three stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1994), The Spivak Reader (1995), Breast Stories (translation with critical introduction of three stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1997), Old Women (translation with critical introduction of two stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1999), Imperatives to Re-Imagine the Planet / Imperative zur Neuerfindung des Planeten (ed. Willi Goetschel, 1999), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999), Song for Kali: A Cycle (translation with introduction of Ramproshad Sen, 2000), Chotti Munda and His Arrow (translation with critical introduction of a novel by Mahasweta Devi, 2002), Death of a Discipline (2003), Other Asias (2005), An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (forthcoming).
Her significant articles include "Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography" (1985), "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism" (1985), "Can the Subaltern Speak?" (1988), "The Politics of Translation" (1992), "Moving Devi" (1999), "Righting Wrongs" (2003), "Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching" (2004), "Translating into English" (2005), and "Rethinking Comparativism" (2010).
In 1997 Professor Spivak founded the non-profit Pares Chandra and Sivani Chakravorty Memorial Education Project to provide primary education to children in some of the poorest regions of the globe. The project currently operates schools in rural areas of West Bengal, India.