Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
Her talk uses the catachresis of marriage as a resource for a comparative feminism that distinguishes nation-spaces in globality and moves us away from the contemporary irregularity of a synchronic modernity. She will address the European Enlightenment as an instrument that came into being in the service of colonialism and free trade, a deconstructive politics of reading Mary Wollstonecraft, and Judith Halberstam’s recent work on queer failure as taking the critical to be an invitation to passivity. Finally, her talk conveys how, in Delhi, Beijing, and Cape Town, she has insisted that the lessons learned in the field of activism are not simply to be ignored as an embarrassment.
Respondent: Michelle Erai, UCLA Department of Women’s Studies
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
4:00-6:00pm – 314 Royce
Sponsor(s): Department of Gender Studies
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