Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
University Professor in the Humanities
Columbia University
United States

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She has a first class B.A. (English Honors) from the University of Calcutta (1959) and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University (1967). She is the chief trainer and teacher at five elementary schools on the border of Birbhum and Jharkhand; and promotes ecological agriculture in this general area. She is engaged in activism critical of Development in Africa. Her books are Myself Must I Remake (1974), Of Grammatologie (1976; translation with critical introduction of Derrida’s De la grammatologie), In Other Worlds (1987), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (1999), Other Asias (2003), An Aesthetic Education (2013), and Readings (2014). She has won the Kyoto Prize (2012), and the Padma Bhushan (2013). She holds twelve honorary doctorates. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” has become a worldwide classic. She is on the experts list of the World Economic Forum.