Strangers in a Strange Land: Opening Lecture with Homi Bhabha

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Art, Aesthetics and Displacement

This two-day symposium, organized by UCLA faculty, Saloni Mathur and Aamir Mufti, is held in conjunction with the exhibition Zarina: Paper Like Skin, curated by Allegra Pesenti of the Hammer’s Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. It brings together world-renowned scholars in the humanities to consider questions of dispossession, displacement, and the exilic imagination in modern art and aesthetic thinking.
Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, the Director of the Humanities Center and the 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. Some of his works include Nation and Narration and The Location of Culture, which was reprinted as a Routledge Classic in 2004. Harvard University Press will publish his forthcoming book A Global Measure, and Columbia University Press will publish his next book The Right to Narrate.

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Presentations and Discussion

Friday, November 9, 9:30AM–5:30PM

Homi Bhabha, Harvard University (opening address); Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University; Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University; Esra Akcan, University of Illinois, Chicago; Sonal Khullar, University of Washington, Seattle; Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University; and Vidya Shah, New Delhi–based vocalist. Andreas Huyssen, the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, delivers the closing address.

Performance by Vidya Shah

Friday, November 9, 6PM

Vidya Shah is a composer, musician, and writer from New Delhi, India. Initially trained in Carnatic music, she later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal, Thumri Dadra and Ghazal. Shah is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and a senior fellowship from the government of India for her project “Women on Record,” a performance highlighting the contributions of the forgotten women performers in the gramophone era. David Trasoff (sarode) and Vivek Virani (tabla) provide accompaniment.

Strangers in a Strange Land is sponsored by the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature; UCLA Center for the Study of Women; David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities; Christopher Waterman, Dean of Arts and Architecture; and Professor Dan Neuman, Ethnomusicology.