Seminar Series 2009
Epistemic Disobedience and the Decolonial Option
A public lecture by Walter Mignolo, Duke University
Thursday 5 March, 2009, 6:00pm, Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths
Walter Mignolo is a leading figure in Latin American Studies and Postcolonial Studies. He is the William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, at Duke University. Mignolo’s earlier work, published in Spanish, focused on semiotics, discourse analysis and literary theory. Since the 1980s he has written extensively in English and Spanish on the invention of the Americas, the coloniality of knowledge, and the political, ethical and epistemological imperative to decolonise knowledge and knowledge production. His work, which has been translated into Portuguese, French and Russian, includes The Darker Side of the Renaissance (1994 and 2003, awarded the Katherine Kovacs Singer Prize from the MLA), Local Histories/Global Designs (2000) and The Idea of Latin America (2005, awarded the Frantz Fanon Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.).
This event is hosted by the Centre for Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths.
Literature in a Multilingual World
A leading Indian poet and academic, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, gives a public talk on “Literature in a Multilingual World: Sant Kabir, Rudyard Kipling, and Vernacular English”
Friday 26 February, 5:00pm, Senior Common Room, Richard Hoggart Bldg
Arvind Mehrotra argues that while multilingualism has been a part of Indian literature for a long time, we are still looking for ways of talking about it. A common way of doing so is through the mother-tongue, nativist model. According to this model, the mother-tongue (Kannada, Tamil, whatever) lies at a deeper level than English, and Indian poets who write in English are constantly ferrying poetic material from mother-tongue to this other language. Using the work of George Steiner and examples he gives of Nabokov and Borges, Mehrotra asks if there are more sophisticated and productive ways of looking at the whole issue.
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore 1947. He has published a number of collections of poetry in English and one of translation (a volume of Prakrit love poems recently reissued in Penguin Classics). He has edited the History of Indian literature in English (New York: Columbia University Press) and The Oxford India anthology of twelve modern Indian poets (Delhi: Oxford University Press) and The last bungalow: writings on Allahabad (New Delhi: Penguin Books). Arvind was nominated for the chair of Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2009.