Keynotes and Panelists

Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am

Keynote Address:

Homi Bhabha

Homi K. BhabhaHomi 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 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 was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in the field of literature and education by 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. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in 2012.

Saturday October 31, 2015 - 4:00pm

Plenary Panel:
Nationalism in the Contemporary World

Azar Gat

Azar GatAzar Gat is Ezer Weitzman Professor of National Security in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. He took his BA from Haifa University (1978), MA from Tel Aviv University (1983), and DPhil from the University of Oxford (1986). His publications include: The Origins of Military Thought from the Enlightenment to Clausewitz (Oxford UP, 1989); The Development of Military Thought: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP, 1992); Fascist and Liberal Visions of War: Fuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists (Oxford UP, 1998); and British Armour Theory and the Rise of the Panzer Arm: Revising the Revisionists (Macmillan, 2000). The first three books have been reissued in one volume as A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War (Oxford UP, 2001). His War in Human Civilization (Oxford UP, 2006) was named one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement (TLS). His most recent books include: Victorious and Vulnerable: Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How it is still Imperiled (Hoover, 2010); and Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism (Cambridge UP, 2013). His current book-in-progress is provisionally titled The Causes of War and the Spread of Peace.

Professor Gat has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany (Freiburg, Munich, Constance), a Fulbright Fellow in the USA (Yale), a British Council Scholar in Britain (Oxford), a visiting fellow at the Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, the Goldman Visiting Professor at Georgetown, and the Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen:

Thomas Hylland EriksenThomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Principal Investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant project ‘Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation’ and President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). His academic and non-academic writings are wide-ranging and include more than forty books in English and Norwegian, ranging from introductory texts in anthropology to critical essays about happiness, competition, selfishness and waste, as well as two novels. His books Small Places, Large Issues and Ethnicity and Nationalism have been translated into many languages, and the second edition of his Globalization: The Key Concepts was published in 2014. His research has mainly focused on the politics of identity and cultural complexity in contemporary societies, and he has carried out fieldwork in Mauritius, Trinidad and Norway. The monographs Us and Them in Modern Societies and Common Denominators explore the relationship between ethnicity and national identity in complex societies. He is currently leading a team studying local responses to accelerated change (‘overheating’), with a focus on the interrelationships between the economy, the environment and identity, and has in this context recently done fieldwork in an industrial city in Australia. His latest book (2015) is a biography of the anthropologist Fredrik Barth.  Professor Eriksen was called on as a witness during the trial of Anders Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks and Eriksen has frequently been sought out by Norwegian and international media for his thoughts and analysis on this tragic event.

Aviel Roshwald:

Aviel RoshwaldAviel Roshwald is Professor of History at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is the author of The Endurance of Nationalism: Ancient Roots and Modern Dilemmas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); Estranged Bedfellows: Britain and France in the Middle East during the Second World War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990); Ethnic Nationalism and the Fall of Empires: Central Europe, Russia and the Middle East, 1914-1923 (London: Routledge, 2001). He is also the co-editor, with Richard Stites, of European Culture in the Great War: The Arts, Entertainment, and Propaganda, 1914-1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).