• Trinh T. Minh-ha. Photo: Jean-Paul Bourdier, © Moongift Films

  • Michael Stone-Richards. Photo: Jeff Cancelosi

  • Reese Williams

  • Allan deSouza

Panel Discussion: Re-Seeing Dictee

Our panelists offer a fresh look at Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s influential book Dictee, bringing different perspectives to bear on the relation of this key work to the rest of Cha’s multifaceted oeuvre. Trinh T. Minh-ha, noted filmmaker, writer, composer, and professor of rhetoric and gender and women’s studies at UC Berkeley, delivers a talk entitled Diseuse: In What Tongues Does the Rain Dream? Michael Stone-Richards, professor of critical theory at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, presents a provisional reading of Dictee, and of Cha’s life-work, in terms of language—the foreign, broken language, and the hospitality of language. Reese Williams, who founded Tanam Press, the original publisher of Dictee, offers reflections on reading Dictee in 2018. Allan deSouza, chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice, moderates.