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Homi Bhabha

  • CountryIndia
  • Born1949


Homi K. Bhabha is Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University and visiting Professor in the Humanities at University College, London. His seminal works, “Nation and Narration” (1990) and “The Location of Culture” (1994), brought deconstruction and psychoanalysis into a politically and culturally charged arena of cultural discourse.

He has published and lectured extensively in Britain and America over the past decade, recently including the Wellek Library Lectures at the Critical Theory Institute of University of California, Irvine, the inauguration lecture of the Democracy Unrealized platform of Documenta 11 in Berlin, and appearances at the Goteborg and Frankfurt Book Fairs.

Educated at the University of Bombay and the University of Oxford, Bhabha advises key arts institutions which include the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, the Whitney Museum of American Arts, New York, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

He has published widely in journals including New Formations, October, Oxford Literary Review and Screen. His work has also appeared in a number of collections and anthologies, including Questions of Third Cinema (London: BFI 1990), Psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory: Thresholds (London, Macmillan 1991), and Redrawing the Boundary of Literary Study in English (New York: MLA, 1992).

He sits on the editorial board of, amongst others, October, Critical Inquiry, and New Formations, and is a regular contributor to Artforum.

Bhabha has recently been awarded a fellowship from Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He has been given the honor of delivering the Beckman Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, the Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University, and the Presidential Lectures at Stanford University. He is also scheduled to give the Clarendon Lectures at the University of Oxford.

The author of The Location of Culture (Routledge 1994) and editor of the essay collection Nation and Narration (Routledge 1990), Bhabha is currently at work on A Measure of Dwelling, a theory of vernacular cosmopolitanism forthcoming from Harvard University Press and The Right to Narrate, forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

In addition to his numerous academic accolades, Bhabha has been profiled in such publications as Newsweek, which named him one of “100 Americans for the Next Century,” Chicago Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times, and has appeared on numerous radio broadcasts on the BBC and elsewhere.

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