Homi K. Bhabha
Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2012
Award for : Education
Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language, and the Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University. He was born in 1949 in Mumbai, India. Bhabha graduated with a B.A. from Elphinstone College at the University of Mumbai and an M.A., M.Phil., and D.Phil. in English Literature from Christ Church, Oxford University. He is one of the most important figures in contemporary post-colonial studies, and has developed a number of the field's neologisms and key concepts, such as hybridity, mimicry, difference, and ambivalence. Such terms describe ways in which colonised peoples have resisted the power of the coloniser, according to Bhabha's theory. In 2012, he received the Padma Bhushan award in the field of literature and education from the Indian government.
After lecturing in the Department of English at
the University of Sussex for more than ten years, Bhabha received a senior
fellowship at Princeton University where he was also made Old Dominion Visiting
Professor. He was Steinberg Visiting Professor at the University of
Pennsylvania where he delivered the Richard Wright Lecture Series. At Dartmouth
College, Bhabha was a faculty fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory.
From 1997 to 2001 he served as Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities at
the University of Chicago. In 2001-02, he served as a Distinguished Visiting
Professor at University College, London. He has been the Anne F. Rothenberg
Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University
since 2001. Bhabha also serves on the Editorial Collective of Public Culture,
an academic journal published by Duke University Press.