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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak | Starting at the End: Picking Up the Relay of Shesher Kabita

  5 - 7 p.m.
   Berkeley Terrace, Residence Inn by Marriott Berkeley (Off Campus)

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Sugata Ray
Poulomi Saha
Rahul Bjørn Parson
Sara Guyer

The Institute for South Asia Studies and the Tagore Program on Literature, Culture and Philosophy at UC Berkeley and are privileged to have Dr. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, acclaimed Indian literary theorist, feminist critic, and postcolonial theorist deliver our inaugural Maya Mitra Das Annual Lecture on Tagore at UC Berkeley.

The event is free & open to all, but a ticket will be required for entry. Buy tickets online HERE


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is an Indian scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic. She is a University Professor at Columbia University and a founding member of the establishment's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

B.A. English (First Class Honors), Presidency College, Calcutta, 1959. Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 1967. D. Litt, University of Toronto, 1999; D. Litt, University of London, 2003; D. Hum, Oberlin College, 2008; D. Honoris Causa, Universitat Roveri I Virgili, 2011; D. Honoris Causa, Rabindra Bharati, 2012; Kyoto Prize in Thought and Ethics, 2012; Padma Bhushan 2013; D.Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, 2013; D. Litt, University of St. Andrews, 2014; D. Honoris Causa, Paris VIII, 2014; Presidency University, 2014; D. Hum, Yale University, 2015; D. Litt, University of Ghana-Legon, 2015; D. Honoris Causa, Universidad de Chile, 2016; Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award, Modern Language Association of America, 2018; Doctor Honoris Causa, Babes-Bolyai University, 2021. Honorary faculty, Tsing-hua University, Beijing.

Fields: The long 19th century (1789-1920) in British, French and German literary production; politics of culture; feminism; Marx, Derrida; globalization.

Books: Myself Must I Remake: The Life and Poetry of W. B. Yeats (1974), Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida, De la grammatologie, 1976), In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987; Routledge Classic 2002), Selected Subaltern Studies (ed., 1988), The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues (1990), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993; much reprinted), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993; Routledge classic 2003), 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; 2d ed. forthcoming), 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 (2012), Readings (2014), Walking with Du Bois (forthcoming from Harvard), Gramsci and the Schucht Sisters (first translation of Gramsci’s conversation with wife and sister-in-law from prison, with critical Afterword in collaboration with Ursula Apitzsch et al., forthcoming from Fordham.) Various publications of Marxist cultural theory in Bengali.

Significant articles: "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), "Rethinking Comparativism" (2010), "A Borderless World" (2011), "General Strike" (2012), "Crimes of Identity" (2014), "Our World" (2014). (2014), “Can there be a Feminist World?” (2015).

Activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986. Activist in the sphere of Development through subordinated language intervention, with an African focus, since 2000. 2000; Chief advisor, relationship between statistics and narrative in reporting feminized poverty in the rural-urban interface in West and East Africa, with colleagues at Columbia and the Universities of Ghana-Legon and Nairobi; Series Editor and fundraiser, Bandhan Bank Bengali Library, Columbia University Press, 2019.

ATTENDANCE RESTRICTION: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is required for attendance.

Launched in Fall 2019, and housed in the Institute for South Asia Studies, the Tagore Program on Literature, Culture and Philosophy at UC Berkeley, is the first of its kind in the US. Designed to showcase the life and legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, the program sponsors talks and workshops on Tagore, as well as semester-long visiting professorships in Tagore Studies at UC Berkeley. Read more about the program HERE.

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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.