Prof. Homi K. Bhabha

Honorary member of the ZfL, Professor of the Humanities, Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost of the Harvard University (USA)


Homi K. Bhabha studied at the Bombay University and at the Christ Church College Oxford, where he completed his doctoral thesis on V. S. Naipaul. He has taught at many universities: Oxford, Sussex, Warwick, London, and Chicago, just to name a few. He is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates. In 2012 he was awarded India’s national Padma Bhushan Prize for Literature and Education. Professor Bhabha has been an Honorary Member of the ZfL since 2015.

Homi K. Bhabha is famous for his new critical perspectives on the cultural practices surrounding exile, migration, and multiculturalism. His theory of a ›third space‹ (as a spatially understood area of cultural difference) builds on ideas of hybridity, ambivalence, and cosmopolitanism. The Location of Cutlure (1994) solidified Bhabha’s position as one of the leading voices of postcolonialism, and many of his theoretical concepts have become central terms in cultural theory today. His work has had a strong impact on academic fields such as literary studies, cultural studies, art history, and the social sciences. It has also inspired public debates on matters of integration and interculturality.

In 2015 Professor Bhabha won the Alexander von Humboldt research award, nominated by Sigrid Weigel. In his accompanying research stay at the ZfL, Bhabha studied in collaboration with researchers of the ZfL on Hannah Arendt and her work, especially on interconnections between Arendt’s theory of the in-between and his concept of the third space.

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