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Homi K. Bhabha Guest at Freie Universität Berlin

Literary Critic to Hold Hegel Lecture on January 28 at Dahlem Humanities Center

№ 370/2009 from Dec 30, 2009

The renowned literary and cultural theorist Homi K. Bhabha will hold a lecture on January 28 at Freie Universität Berlin. The theme of the lecture will be Our Neighbors, Ourselves: Contemporary Reflections on Survival. It is part of the Hegel Lectures series at Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Advance registration is requested. Please send an email to by January 21. The lecture will be given in English.

Homi K. Bhabha teaches humanities at Harvard University, where he is also the Director of the Humanities Center. He is one of the most important literary and cultural theorists of our time. His work centers around issues of identity in the (post) colonial context. In addition to Edward Said and Gayatri Ch. Spivak, he characterizes the current discourse of postcolonial studies, particularly through his analysis of cultural development.

Bhabha’s thinking was inspired by Derrida, Lacan, and Foucault. In his major work The Location of Culture (1994), Bhabha analyzes the ambivalence of colonial relations, which he no longer understands as hegemonic power relations.

The annual interdisciplinary Hegel Lecture of the Dahlem Humanities Center is aimed at the general public. The lecture is devoted to the central value of Hegel's philosophy – freedom.

Further Information


  • Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Henry Ford Building, Max Kade Auditorium, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem
    Subway station: Thielplatz (U 3)

For further information, please contact:

Katja Heinrich, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-55057 /-52043; Email: