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Living Side by Side: On Culture and Security

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Low Library Rotunda

The first annual Global Thought Lecture delivered by Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard University) asks whether the concept of security assumes a distinctive cultural form in the midst of deafening patriotic calls for protection and precaution. Professor Bhabhas lecture will be followed by a discussion with Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought.


This lecture explores the role of culture and the arts in cultivating an ethic and aesthetic of "living side by side" that contributes to our contemporary understanding of "cosmopolitan right" (Kant). Homi Bhabha will reflect on the global scale of cosmopolitan affiliations to ask what kinds of neighbourliness are possible in a time of partial sovereignties and paradoxical communities that constitute our Age of (In)Security.

Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, where he is also Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost at Harvard University. He is a leading cultural and literary theorist and the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, cosmopolitanism and human rights. His seminal work, The Location of Culture, presents a theory of cultural hybridity to understand the connections between colonialism and globalization. In 2012 he was conferred the Government of Indias Padma Bhushan Presidential Award in the field of literature and education.

Free and open to the public. To register, visit globalthoughtlecture.eventbrite.com. Registration will open on Monday, April 8, 2013.

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