Post-Colonial and Other Pedagogies

10 October 2008

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane

Deadline for registration is 8 October 2008. 


Mary Jacobus (CRASSH)
Santanu Das (Queen Mary London)


‘The humanities—training in literary reading in particular--is good at textual change. Each discipline has its own species of “setting-to-work” …’ . The work of Gayatri Spivak has focused both on change, including disciplinary change in the Humanities, and on the particular forms of ‘setting-to-work’ involved in post-colonial pedagogies. This colloquium ‘around the work of Gayatri Spivak’ salutes her contribution to teaching and change, bringing together graduate and faculty speakers for a day of papers and discussion. A CRASSH/ QMUL collaboration, it is part of the AHRC-funded Interdisciplinary Training Network (IRTN) for graduate students as well as contributing to the CRASSH-based Centre for Disciplinary Innovation. 


Confirmed speakers :

Shahida Bari (QMUL)
Santanu Das (QMUL)
Ben Etherington (Cambridge)
Shruti Kapila (Cambridge)
Molly McDonald (QMUL)
Nayanika Mookherjee (Lancaster)
Ankhi Mukherjee (Oxford)
Simon Swift (Leeds)
Jared Zimbler (Cambridge)

To close the workshop, Gayatri Spivak will be  in conversation with Martin McQuillan (Leeds), followed by an open discussion.

Recommended Readings 

1.  Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching

2. Righting Wrongs - 2002: Accessing Democracy among the Aboriginals,
     Chapter 1 of
Other Asias
   This reading is password protected. Please contact


Spaces will be limited to enable discussion to take place, with priority for graduate students. 



IRTN travel bursaries are available for students attending the event.
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10 October 2008


9.00 - 9.30


9.30 - 9.45

Welcome and Introduction


Panel1: Other Asias
Chair: Chris Warnes (University of Cambridge)

Nayanika Mookherjee (University of Lancaster)
Fuljaan’s story from an(other) Asia

Shruti Kapila (University of Cambridge)
A Tragic Pedagogue

Santanu Das (QMUL)
The Singing  Subaltern

11.15 - 11.45 



Panel 2: Knowing, Caring, Teaching
Chair: Javed Majeed (QMUL)

Ben Etherington (University of Cambridge)
"Setting to Work" in Ignorance: Fanon and the Problem of Knowledge

Molly McDonald (QMUL)
"Suturing" as a Concept-Metaphor

Jarad Zimbler (University of Cambridge)
Caring, Teaching, Knowing: Spivak, Coetzee and the
Ethics of Postcolonial Pedagogies 

13.15 - 14.15 



Panel 3: The Lessons of Spivak
Chair: Priya Gopal (University of Cambridge)

Ankhi Mukherjee (Oxford)
"This Traffic of Influence": Spivak and Derrida

Shahida Bari (QMUL)
Spivak and the Secret of Spirit: Beneath the Bangladeshi Flood Plains

Simon Swift (Leeds University)
The Lesson of Gayatri Spivak: Teaching and Ethics

16.45 - 17.15


16.45 - 17.30

Gayatri Spivak in conversation with Martin McQuillan (Leeds University) and open discussion

17.30 - 18.30 

Wine Reception