The 2012 Kyoto Prize Workshops

What Words Can Tell Us Through Translation: The Future of the Humanities

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

/  Literary Critic, Educator

Arts and Philosophy

Thought and Ethics


11 /12 Mon

13:00 - 17:00

Place: Kyoto International Conference Center

Address:Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan



Opening Address Kiyokazu Washida (Chairman, Kyoto Prize Committee; Professor, Faculty of Letters, Otani University)
Introduction of Laureate Kumie Inose
Laureate’s Lecture Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (the Laureate in Arts and Philosophy)
“Scattered Speculations on the Question of Translation”
Lecture Ichiro Majima (Associate Professor, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
“Translation of ‘Power’: Early Japanese Socialism from the Anthropological Optics”
Lecture Shigemi Inaga (Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies/The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
“Politics of Translation and Resistance to Globalization: Toward a Non-Hegemonic ‘Pirates’ View of Art History”
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Kumie Inose
Panelists: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Ichiro Majima
Shigemi Inaga


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Literary Critic, Educator

Professor Spivak has shifted a critical theory of “deconstruction” into political and social dimensions, and applied a sharp scalpel to intellectual colonialism which is being reproduced in our heavily globalized modern world. She exemplifies what intellectuals today should be, through her theoretical work for the humanities based on comparative literature and her devotion to multifaceted educational activities.


Related information

Monday, November 12, 2012
Kyoto International Conference Center
Coordinator and Moderator
Kumie Inose (Member, Kyoto Prize Selection Committee; Dean, Faculty of Letters, Konan University)
Organized by Inamori Foundation
Supported by Kyoto Prefectural Government, Kyoto City Government, NHK
With the cooperation of Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology and The Philosophical Association of Japan