Interview with Dr. Gayatri Spivak
Gayatri Spivak came to Malaysia and left quite an impression to the point of being compared to Oprah Winfrey. The challenge of her contribution will perhaps be less about her erudition and complex multi-syllable sentences, but rather forcing us to pause and reconsider how we have been taught to look at the world, especially starting with the world of our origins.
This conversation between Hamid Dabashi and her around the happenings in Iran models serious thinking that is grounded in particular situations whether it’s India or Iran. My sense is that it seeks to transcend the trap of ‘localizing’ the discourse because we are now even more aware of the interconnectedness our shared global existence. The result besides solidarity with each other is to critically resource one another’s ethical and philosophical engagement with the realities confronting us.