Photographs of the recent CRASSH Impact lecture by Professor Homi Bhabha. Watch selected extracts from the lecture on video.

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Previous Events

Our Impact speaker this Michaelmas Term was Professor Homi Bhabha from Harvard, one of the foundational figures in postcolonial studies. He participated in two events in Cambridge during November 2018. 

Please click on the links below to watch the events on video. 

1 November 2018, 5.15pm – 6.30pm
The Burdened Life: On Migration and the Humanities (Extracts)
• Public Lecture by Homi Bhabha 

2 November 2018, 5.30pm – 6.45pm
Homi Bhabha in Conversation
​• Conversation between Homi Bhabha and Phiroze Vasunia




Our 2018 Easter Term Impact speaker was Reni Eddo-Lodge, whose Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race won the 2018 Jhalak Prize for the best book by a British BAME writer.

Please click on the links below to watch the conversations on video. 

15 May 2018, 4.30pm – 6pm
Reni Eddo-Lodge and Priyamvada Gopal in Conversation
• Chaired by Lola Olufemi

16 May 2018, 5.15pm – 7pm
Reni Eddo-Lodge and Heidi Safia Mirza in Conversation 
• Chaired by Shakira Martin



Sara Ahmed has become one of the best known feminist theorists of this generation through her publications, her blogs and her activism. She gave the CRASSH Impact Lectures during Lent Term 2018, continuing CRASSH's commitment to exploring issues of race and gender, with a special focus on policy and social action. 

Please click on the links below to watch the lectures on video. 

2 March 2018, 5.15pm – 7pm
Uses of Use: Diversity, Utility and the University
• Public lecture by Sara Ahmed
• Chaired by Simon Goldhill

9 March 2018, 5.15pm – 7pm
Complaint as Diversity Work
• Public lecture by Sara Ahmed
• Discussant: Karen Salt



The great Sinologist from Harvard, Michael Puett, presented the CRASSH Impact Lecture on China and policy during the Michaelmas Term.

Please click on the links below to watch the events on video. 

21 November 2017, 5.15pm – 7.00pm
Neoliberalism and History, or: How Should We Understand China?
• Public lecture by Michael Puett

22 November 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Michael Puett and Julia Lovell in Conversation 
• Chaired by Hans van de Ven




In the Easter Term 2017, we had a thrilling set of events on Law, Race, Gender and Public Policy (2 – 4 May 2017), starring Patricia J. Williams (Columbia), one of the most stirring theorists of law and race in the USA today, along with Paul Gilroy (King’s College London), Britain's most distinguished theorist of race, and Heidi Safia Mirza (Goldsmiths), a pioneering researcher into race, faith and gender.

Please click on the links below to watch the events on video. 

2 May 2017, 5.15pm – 7.00pm
In Conversation: Paul Gilroy and Patricia Williams 
Law, Race, Gender and Public Policy launch event
• Chaired by Priscilla Mensah

3 May 2017, 5.15pm – 7.00pm​
'Other People’s Children'
• Public lecture by Patricia Williams

4 May 2017, 5.15pm – 7.00pm​
Black Life, Law, Love and Survival in Times of Trump and Brexit
• A Black Feminist conversation between Heidi Mirza and Patricia Williams
• Chaired by Sarah Franklin


2 March 2017, 5.15pm – 6.30pm
What Does Science Have to Do with Modernity? 
• Public lecture by Lorraine Daston
• Respondents: Claire Craig, Jim Secord