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Bhabha joins Radcliffe as senior adviser in humanities

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Homi Bhabha (Staff file photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office)

Homi K. Bhabha, the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Languages in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), director of the Humanities Center at Harvard, 2004 – 05 Radcliffe Institute fellow, and faculty associate at the institute for the past three years, is now also affiliated with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University as senior adviser in the humanities. He will retain his position in the FAS and at the Humanities Center during the three-year appointment. As a senior adviser, Bhabha joins other faculty of the University who devote a portion of their time to Radcliffe Institute program development and administrative leadership. “Homi Bhabha’s ideas, insights, and energy have made him a valued contributor to the work of the Radcliffe Institute during the three years of his term as a faculty associate. I now look forward to his service to us as senior adviser in the humanities. I am especially pleased that his new position as director of the Humanities Center will facilitate collaborations that stretch across and beyond Harvard,” said Drew Gilpin Faust, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and Lincoln Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “I look forward to assisting in the work of the institute – a place that is intellectually charged with debate and discussion, a place that makes possible collaborations that crucially reshape one’s writing and thinking,” Bhabha said.Bhabha has long been a prominent figure in the humanities, lecturing and teaching around the world over the course of his academic career. His interests in race, gender, culture, and the arts recently converged at the Radcliffe Institute – first through an interdisciplinary conference on cultural citizenship organized by Bhabha and the institute, which brought together philosophers, artists, historians, and scholars to explore the vocabularies of belonging and exclusion that are crucial to understanding the quest for equality and community, and later through Bhabha’s 2004-05 fellowship year at Radcliffe, where he worked closely with Sari Nusseibeh, professor of philosophy at Al-Quds University and 2004-05 Radcliffe fellow, to further explore the concept of cultural citizenship.Educated at Elphinstone College, University of Bombay, and Christ Church College, Oxford, Bhabha has held teaching positions at Sussex University, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University. At Harvard, he holds appointments in both the departments of English and of African and African American Studies, is on the board of trustees of the English Institute, and chairs the Program in History and Literature. Bhabha is also a distinguished visiting professor at University College London.