Homi K. Bhabha: Culture and Security Sept 8, 6pm Chicago

Homi K. Bhabha: Culture and Security
Thursday, September 8, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Free with museum admission
Free for SAIC students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID

If the 19th century has frequently been represented as the great age of empire, articulated in ideals of progress and development, then the 20th and 21st centuries have been marked by a growing securitization of life, politics, and culture in an age of global expansion. What are the aesthetic and political technologies that attempt to provide security and solidarity while activating the anxiety and excitation of abandonment and annihilation? This lecture will dwell on a wide range of ideas and objects in order to explore the thin line that lies between barbarism and civility.

Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and senior advisor on the humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, and cosmopolitanism, among other themes, including Nation and Narration and The Location of Culture. Bhabha is a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and an advisor on the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives project at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is also the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights, and a trustee of the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity.

Presented by SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program <http://www.saic.edu/art_design/vap/#current_series/SLC_35929> ¬†and Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago.

To register for the Symposium for Social Difference and Artistic Practices Sept. 9th click here <http://bodiesandborders.blogspot.com/> .

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