‘Can the subaltern speak? Can the Other be empowered?’
In this first Roles seminar of 2012-13 we’ll be using Postcolonial Feminism, via Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s seminal essay ‘Can the subaltern speak?’, as a springboard for discussion on Othering. Whilst the consequences of Othering are widely denoted as disadvantage, silencing, lack of agency and deprivation of collectivity, to name but a few, this seminar will ask questions about the possibility of strength, liberation and empowerment in excluded groups and the space which they occupy outside of dominant norms.
Please see here [Gray, Breda 'Spivak' in Code, Lorraine (ed.)(2000) Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories pp.460-461 (1)] a brief summary of Spivak’s work, including this essay, from the Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories and a selection of quotes [Roles25-10-12] which we will use to get the discussion going. For any questions, please email Francesca on firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on the 25th!