[I-House Ushiba Fellowship] Gayatri C. Spivak

[I-House Ushiba Fellowship Public Lecture / I-House Academy]

“Other Asias”

[An edited version of this lecture is available in the IHJ Bulletin, Vol.28, No.1, 2008.]

  • Lecturer: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
  • Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities, Director,
  • the Center for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University;
  • The First Fellow of the I-House Ushiba Fellowship

  • Moderator: Satoshi Ukai, Professor, Hitotsubashi University
  • Date & Time: Wed, July 18, 2007, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: Regular Rate: 1,500 yen (Students: 1,000 yen, IHJ Members: Free)
  • Language: English/Japanese (simultaneous interpretation provided)

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakBorn in Calcutta, India, in 1942. Received a B.A. in English (Honors) from Presidency College, Calcutta, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University for her dissertation on W. B. Yeats, under the supervision of Paul de Man, cultural critic. Critically intervening the politics working behind the production of knowledge and the system of representation as discourse in relation to power arrangements, Professor Spivak is regarded as a leading cultural critic and a public intellectual of our times.

Widely cited in a range of disciplines, her major writings and publications include Of Grammatology (translation, with critical introduction, of Derrida’s text) (1976), In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987), Selected Subaltern Studies (edited with Ranajit Guha) (1988), The Post-Colonial Critic (1990), The Spivak Reader (1995), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999), Death of a Discipline (2005), and Other Asias (2007).

In this lecture, she will address re-thinking the concept of “Asia” as an idea that reflects Europe’s “eastward” trajectory and encompasses geopolitical/ cultural complexity, based on her upcoming publication of Other Asias.

Satoshi Ukai

Specializes in French Literature and Philosophy; currently teaching at the Graduate School of Language and Society, Hitotsubashi University. His major publications include Teiko e no shotaiAn Invitation to Resistance; in Japanese](Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, 1997), Politics of Amity (Jacques Derrida, Co-translator, Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, 2003).


[Programs related to Prof. Spivak’s visit to Japan under the I-House Ushiba Fellowship]

(Period of residency in Japan: June 28-July 20, 2007)

  • [Academic Activism in the Humanities]
  • Date & Time: Sat, July 7th, 2007, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Venue: Room 2201, Higashi 2 Gokan, Hitotsubashi University
  • Organizers: Graduate Schools of Language & Society and Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University
  • In co-sponsorship with the International House of Japan
  • Contact: Satoshi Ukai, Professor, Hitotsubashi University
  • Tel: 042 (580) 9034 e-mail: ce00236*srv.cc.hit-u.ac.jp (please replace * with @)
  • Language: English/Japanese consecutive interpretation provided
  • [Rethinking Comparativism]
  • Date & Time: Tue. July 10th, 2007, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Venue: Sakima Art Museum (Ginowan City, Okinawa)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen
  • Organizer: Inter-College Organizing Committee for Spivak Seminar in Okinawa
  • In co-sponsorship with the International House of Japan
  • Contact: Ikuo Shinjou, Associate Professor, University of the Ryukyus
  • e-mail: shinjou*ll.u-ryukyu.ac.jp (please replace * with @)
  • Language: English/Japanese consecutive interpretation provided
  • Closed Meeting for Scholars and Researchers
  • [Spivak Colloquium: Conversation with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak]
  • Date: Sat, July 14th, 2007
  • Venue: Ochanomizu University
  • Organizer: Ochanomizu University 21st Century COE Program,
  • “Frontiers of Gender Studies”
  • In co-sponsorship with the International House of Japan
  • Language: English/Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided