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Cultural Theorist Homi Bhabha to Give Lecture November 5, 2010, at Freie Universität’s Graduate School of North American Studies

№ 334/2010 from Nov 02, 2010

The prominent literary and cultural theorist Homi K. Bhabha will hold a lecture at Freie Universität Berlin on November 5. The title of his lecture to be given in English is “Affects and Interests: Some Thoughts on the Culture of Human Rights.” The event is open to the public and free of charge. Homi Bhabha is a guest of the Graduate School of North American Studies and is a member of its International Advisory Board. The lecture is part of an event to welcome the new graduate students.

Homi K. Bhabha, born in 1949 in Mumbai, India, is one of the most important literary and cultural theorists of our time. He is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English at Harvard University, where he is also the Director of the Humanities Center. His work focuses on questions of identity in the (post) colonial context. In addition to Edward Said and Gayatri Ch. Spivak, Homi Bhabha shapes the contemporary discourse of postcolonial studies, particularly with his analysis of cultural development processes.

Homi Bhabha’s best known works include Nation and Narration (1990) and The Location of Culture (1994).

Time and Place:

• Friday, November 5, 2010, 5 p.m.
• John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin,
  Room 340, Lansstr. 7–9, 14195 Berlin (subway station: Dahlem-Dorf, U3)

Further Information:

• Prof. Dr. Winfried Fluck, Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute,
  Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-54240, Email:

• Dr. Katja Mertin, Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute,
  Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-52868, Email: