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Literary Scholar and Cultural Theorist Homi K. Bhabha Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin

Harvard Professor Recognized for Contributions toward Better Understanding and Improvement of Processes of Cultural Exchange

№ 143/2012 from May 31, 2012

The highly regarded literary scholar and cultural theorist Homi K. Bhabha was granted an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin. With this honor, the Department of Philosophy and Humanities acknowledged Bhabha’s achievements in facilitating understanding between cultures as well as processes of cultural exchange.

Homi K. Bhabha, born in 1949 in Mumbai, India, is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, the Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and the Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University. His numerous works explore colonial and postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, and cosmopolitanism, among other topics. His most well-known works include Nation and Narration (1990) and The Location of Culture (1994).

Homi K. Bhabha is a member of the international advisory boards of the Graduate School of North American Studies and the International Research Center Interweaving Performance Cultures, both at Freie Universität Berlin, as well as the advisory board of the Literary Studies Symposia held by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). In 2010 he gave the Hegel Lecture at the Dahlem Humanities Center. Earlier this year Homi K. Bhabha was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.