24/4/17 An Ethical Alternative to Globalization? Spivak’s ‘Planetarity’

You are warmly invited to attend the next meeting of the Postcolonial and World Literatures and Cultures Reading Group.

We will discuss Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s ‘Planetarity’ (Chapter 3) from Death of a Discipline (2003) alongside ‘Imperative to Re-imagine the Planet’ (Chapter 16) from An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalisation (2012)

We will consider Spivak’s call for an ethical alternative to globalisation as she envisions an end to planetary divisions. Spivak’s ‘Planetarity’ interrogates our ‘one-world’ mindset, which, she claims, allows the political boundaries and divisions created by colonisation, globalisation, and consumerism to thrive. She suggests the ‘planetarity’ as an alternative to this ideology asking us to consider ourselves as planetary beings rather than global agents. We will consider the ethical potentialities of Spivak’s thought, elaborated in her conception of a radical alterity in ‘Imperative to Re-imagine the Planet’.

Readings can be accessed here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwRT1MYBhNimYVNVQU9kOFhaUms

We look forward to an evening of lively discussion and debate. As always, we will continue the discussion afterwards in a more convivial setting.

When: Monday 24th April, 5.00 – 6.30 pm,
Where: Seminar Room 5, School of English, 10 Cavendish Road, University of Leeds


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