Academics

“I think the real problem at Columbia is that the student is encouraged to think that he or she lives in the capital of the world. The student is encouraged to think that he or she is there to help the rest of the world. And he or she is also encouraged to think that to be form other parts of the world is not to be fully global. And New York City can become transparent. So therefore my biggest undertaking, my biggest task, is actively to dramatize the imagination as an instrument of othering. In other words, to teach how to read in the most robust sense, that is to say, suspending oneself and entering the text and the other. If indeed we are thinking about othering as a good thing, it is a kind of chosen othering, as it were, the chosen othering through the imagination. Strictly speaking, nothing is more conducive to this than working on a cultural script that is not supposedly yours." -Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak via Jenny Sharpe, A Conversation with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. 

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