Migration and the Question of Dignity

Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 4:30 pm
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Open to the Public
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Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Lecture by Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University: "Dignity in Distress: Migration and the Afterlife"

In his lecture, "Dignity in Distress: Migration and the Afterlife," Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language and Director of Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, considers the notions of dignity and migration through theoretical and narrative lenses, drawing from philosophy, literature, and visual art.

Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, contemporary art, and cosmopolitanism, including Nation and Narration, and The Location of Culture, which was reprinted as a Routledge Classic in 2004. His next book will be published by the University of Chicago Press.

He is a member of the Academic Committee for the Shanghai Power Station of Art, and the Mobilising the Humanities Initiating Advisory Board (British Council), 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. In 1997 he was profiled by Newsweek as one of “100 Americans for the Next Century.”  He holds honorary degrees from Université Paris 8, University College London, the Free University Berlin, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In 2012 he was awarded the Government of India’s Padma Bhushan Presidential Award in the field of literature and education, and he received the Humboldt Research Prize in 2015.

Professor Bhabha will be introduced by Michael Wood, Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor, Princeton University.

This lecture is part of the year-long Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, "Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue."

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