Past Event

Derrida's "Of Grammatology" Retranslated by Gayatri Spivak

April 28, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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40th Anniversary Edition — A Tribute

Join us for a panel discussion reflecting on the lasting importance of Jacques Derrida’s book Of Grammatology

Benjamin Conisbee Baer, Princeton University
Eduardo Cadava, Princeton University
Mireille Calle-Gruber, Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
Avital Ronell, New York University
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
Moderated by Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University.

Featuring a performance by pianist and Columbia scholar Yohann Ripert.

In 1967, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak translated Jacques Derrida’s revolutionary text, Of Grammatology, from French, thereby introducing the English-speaking world to the philosopher and his complex notion of deconstructionism. Forty years after Of Grammatology first appeared in English, Spivak retranslates this seminal work with greater awareness of Derrida’s legacy, as well as updated references. The anniversary edition also includes a new afterword by Spivak and an introduction by Judith Butler. 

The event will be followed by a book signing with Professor Spivak. 


Barnard Center for Translation Studies, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Columbia Global Centers, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Department of French and Romance Philology, Department of Philosophy at Barnard, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Institute of African Studies, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Johns Hopkins Press, Maison Française, Office of the Dean of Humanities, and South Asia Institute