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The University of King’s College and the Lecture Series on Race are pleased to present world-renowned interdisciplinary scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who will deliver this year’s Flemming Lecture, entitled “Reading Orientalism”, on Thursday, January 20, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, 6350 Coburg Rd.


Professor Spivak is the Avalon University Professor and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She received her BA in English from Presidency College, Calcutta in 1959 and her PhD in comparative literature from Cornell University in 1967.

In 1976, Professor Spivak became known as the translator and author of the critical introduction of French philosopher Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology. Her engagement with deconstruction was later reflected in her writings at the intersection of postcolonial studies and feminist theory. She is the author of In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason:Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999), and Nationalism and the Imagination (2010), among many others.

In addition to her pioneering legacy within the field of postcolonial theory, Professor Spivak’s ideas have influenced and challenged established norms within the areas of education, gender studies, globalization, history, philosophy and politics. Her work has been applauded by sources as diverse as the late literary theorist Edward Said and the feminist punk band Le Tigre. Spivak is also an activist who devotes her time to developing women’s rights, ecology and rural literacy in India.

The lecture will be followed by a book launch for Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation, edited by Adel Iskandar and Hakem Ruston.

This event is sponsored by the Flemming Lecture Series, the Contemporary Studies Programme, the Early Modern Studies Programme, the History of Science and Technology Programme, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and the English Department at Mount Saint Vincent University.

The Lecture Series “Conceptions of Race in Philosophy, Literature and Art” examines how the notion of race and the phenomenon of racism have developed in the Western tradition. The speakers will examine the works of prominent philosophers, writers and artists, illuminating the origins of contemporary ways of thinking about race. It continues until March 22, 2011.


About the University of King's College: Established in 1789, King's College is Canada's oldest chartered university. A small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, King's is known nationally and internationally for its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism.

Information regarding this lecture can be found at the following website:
http://www.ukings.ns.ca/event/gayatri-spivak-speaks-kings
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