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The Inaugural Global Thought Lecture: “Living Side by Side: On Culture and Security”

Past Series, SOF/Heyman Global Events

dateApril 29, 2013 timeMonday, 6:00pm EDT location Low Memorial Library, Rotunda, Columbia University
  • Asia Society
Aerial view of Chicago at night

Does the concept of security assume a distinctive cultural form in the midst of deafening patriotic calls for protection and precaution? This lecture explores the role of culture and the arts in cultivating an ethic and aesthetic of "living side by side" that contributes to our contemporary understanding of "cosmopolitan right" (Kant). Homi Bhabha will reflect on the global scale of cosmopolitan affiliations to ask what kinds of neighbourliness are possible in a time of partial sovereignties and paradoxical communities that constitute our Age of (In)Security.

  • Homi Bhabha Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities