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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak left Calcutta in 1961 and got her green card in the US in 1966. For the major part of the last 40 years, her status has been that of a ‘non-resident alien’ in the US, and she still holds an Indian passport. What does it mean to be a ‘non-resident’ and an ‘alien’ in a place where one spends nearly all of one’s working life' In what sense is such a place ‘home’' What, for that matter, does it mean to be ‘non-resident Indian'’ Spivak has in the past described herself as an “unpatriotic citizen, not at home” in either India or the US. Yet she hardly thinks of herself as being ‘away’ or ‘abroad’ or ‘in exile.’ Her distinguished career as cultural theorist, critic and translator derives much of its strength from her sturdy refusal to be either rooted or dislodged from any of the several languages and cultural spaces she inhabits. What does ‘home’ or ‘citizenship’ mean for a diasporic intellectual' Is there a ‘home’ in the most material sense that a culturally amphibious life can help create' These are some of the issues Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will be discussing with Swapan Chakravorty in a conversation presented by Seagull.

When: Today at 7 pm

Where: G.D. Birla Sabhagar

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