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Adrija Dey reads Spivak’s “A critique of postcolonial reason: toward a history of the vanishing present”

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This year the Third World in Theory study group resumes its engagement with theoretical orientations towards the Third World within academia. The theme for the Study Group in 2019-20 is ‘Decolonising – Then and Now’. Decolonising the academia and academic curriculum has gained popularity in the UK and elsewhere in recent times with many universities setting up teaching and learning initiatives to decolonise their curriculum. Decolonising academia presupposes engagement with theories and histories that inform critique of colonialism and imperialism. In the academic year 2019-20 the Third World in Theory study group will revisit and analyse key classical texts by leading thinkers who have influenced national liberation struggles and map the transformations of ideas in more recent scholarship on colonialism.

Adrija leads the discussion on Spivak’s great contribution. “A critique of postcolonial reason: toward a history of vanishing the present” is a must-read on postcolonial / decolonial / subaltern studies.

Dr Adrija Dey is currently a British Academy post-doctoral research fellow at the SOAS South Asia Institute and Department of Development Studies. Her research is titled Gender Based Violence in Indian Universities: A Study of Campus Life, Student Activism, and Institutional Responses.

Recommended reading: Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty (1999). “A critique of postcolonial reason: toward a history of the vanishing present.” Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

The Third World in Theory study group is open to all.

You can join TWT Reading Group accessing the LDC website: https://lawdevelopmentconflict.com/reading-group/

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