Two Talks at Goldsmiths – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on monday 11th May and Celeste Olalquiaga on tuesday 12th May 2009


Monday, May 11, 2009 at 4:00pm

a talk by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak called ‘Old Women‘ (11 May 2009, 4pm IGLT Goldsmiths)

then, the following day:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 3:00pm

a talk by Celeste Olalquiaga called ‘Look But Don’t Touch: the Role of Tactility in an Era of Visual Excess‘ (12 May 2009, 3pm, Cinema RHB Goldsmiths).


There is a slick souvenir trinket postcard to advertise the event, with pic of “Rodney” from Celeste’s book “The Artificial Kingdom” – the postcard excellently prepared by Sharmadean and available at CCS – but you have all the details here. No need to book, come early to ensure a seat.

(these events co-hosted by Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Centre for Cultural Studies, Media and Communications Department, and The Graduate School of Goldsmiths (Spivak); and the Centre for Postcolonial Studies and Centre for Cultural Studies (Olalquiaga). All welcome.)


About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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6 Responses to Two Talks at Goldsmiths – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on monday 11th May and Celeste Olalquiaga on tuesday 12th May 2009

  1. Meher says:

    I’ll be there!

  2. Joan Kelly says:

    John, A podcast please especially G.C. Spivak’s talk “Old Woman!”

  3. john hutnyk says:

    More details – there are no tickets for this event, so please come early to claim a seat. The hall is big but there is no overflow and no streaming (sorry).

    I am not sure exactly what Gayatri will address in her lecture ‘Old Women’, but I do note she translated two stories by Mahasweta Devi in a book entitled Old Women about 6 years ago. For more on Mahasweta Devi see my commentary here:

    On Gayatri’s 1999 book, Critique of Postcolonial Reason, see here:

  4. Irvin Hunt says:

    Can anyone here post on youtube the last section of the talk Spivak made? Everything is there except the last part.

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