IGP Events

We Are 5 - Professor Homi Bhabha, On Global Perplexity and Global Prosperity

Thursday 10 October, 2019 | 18:00 -20:00 |


British Museum, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG


The Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), UCL welcomes Professor Homi Bhabha (Harvard University) for his seminar "On Global Perplexity and Global Prosperity: Migration and Dignity" on October 10th at the British Museum.

About this Seminar
This seminar is part of the IGP Soundbites and Director’s Seminars series. It also marks the start of We Are 5 – a year-long series of events to celebrate the IGP’s fifth birthday.

Taking its theme from Hannah Arendts thoughts on the “perplexity of rights” this seminar will reflect on ethical and aesthetic conditions of enforced displacement as they are caught between the harrowing experience of degradation and the desire for a measure of dignity in extremis. What does it mean to “belong” in times of global perplexity? What does it mean to live in “disappointed hope"?

About Professor Homi Bhabha
Homi Bhabha is one of the foundational figures in postcolonial studies. He is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Languages, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost at Harvard University. He is the author of Nation and Narration, and The Location of Culture, which was reprinted as a Routledge Classic in 2004. Bhabha is one of the most important figures in contemporary post- colonial studies. He has developed a number of the field's key concepts, such as hybridity, mimicry, difference, and ambivalence, terms that, according to Bhabha's theory, describe ways in which colonised peoples have resisted the power of the coloniser.

His honours include the Padma Bhushan award, a prestigious award from the Republic of India that recognizes outstanding contribution in literature and education (2012); the Humboldt Research Prize (2015), and honorary degrees from Université Paris 8, University College London, and the Free University Berlin.

Professor Bhabha is a member of the Academic Committee for the Shanghai Power Station of Art, and the Mobilising the Humanities Initiating Advisory Board (British Council). He is an advisor on the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) project at the Museum of Modern Art New York, a Trustee of the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity, and the Curator in Residence of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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