Gayatri Spivak

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Gayatri Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a professor and director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.[1]

She is best known as a post colonial theorist but she describes herself as “para-disciplinary, ethical philosopher.” She has applied deconstructive strategies to various theoretical engagements and textual analyses: from Feminism, Marxism, and Literary Criticism to, most recently, Postcolonialism. Spivak has published numerous books and interviews including In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics and Death of a Discipline.[2]

2006 YDS conference

The Young Democratic Socialists’ winter conference, cosponsored by the Columbia University Working Families Party chapter, was held February 17-19 2006, in New York City. It was entitled "Turning the Tide Towards Freedom: Building the Youth and Student Movement for Justice."

Speakers included Joseph Schwartz, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Christian Parenti, Gayatri Spivak, and Damu Smith, "who gave us the “big picture,” described and explained structural injustice at home and abroad, and got us fired up to continue and intensify the fight for a better world."[3]

YDS conference

Spivak will be speaking at the Young Democratic Socialists National Conference in 2010.[4]

Karl Marx 200

From 2 to 6 May 2018, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung organized an international congress on the occasion of Karl Marx's 200th birthday, Berlin, Franz-Mehring-Platz.


Panelists included Patrick Bond (University of the Witwatersrand/ South Africa), Jan Toporowski (University of London), Kohei Saito (Osaka City University, Japan), Judith Dellheim (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung). Moderation / facilitation: Frieder Otto Wolf (FU Berlin), Michael Heinrich (Berlin) Moderation: Antonella Muzzupappa (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), Michael Hardt (Duke University, USA) Facilitation: Lars Stubbe, Mario Candeias (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), Wolfgang Fritz Haug (Esslingen), Katja Kipping (DIE LINKE), Zhang Shuangli (Fudan University, Shanghai, China). Moderation: Rainer Rilling (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), Gayatri Spivak, Daphne Weber, Arlie Hochschild, Maria do Mar Castro Varela (Alice-Salomon-Hochschule, Berlin), Paul Mason (Great Britain), Sebastian Puschner (FREITAG), Tithi Bhattacharya (Purdue), Luciana Castellina (Italien / Italy), Klaus Lederer (DIE LINKE), Vishwas Satgar (Wits University, Südafrika / South Africa). Moderation: Wenke Christoph (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), Christina Kaindl (DIE LINKE), Klaus Dorre (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), Hans-Jurgen Urban (IG Metall). Moderation: Sebastian Friedrich (Journalist und Autor), Bernd Riexinger (DIE LINKE), Sarah Leonard (The Nation, USA). Moderation: Kerstin Wolter (DIE LINKE), Nausheen Quayyum (York University, Toronto), Mariana Stoler (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), Karl-Heinz Roth (Stiftung für Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, Bremen), Alex Demirovic (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M.), Kavita Krishnan (All India Progressive Women’s Association, Indien). Moderation: Mario Candeias (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), Hermann Klenner.[5]

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