Advisory Board


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Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard University)

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. Bhabha 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 Routeledge 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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Avtar Brah (Birkbeck, London)

Avtar Brah recently retired as Professor of Sociology at Birkbeck as a specialist in race, gender and ethnic identity issues. She was awarded an MBE in 2001 in recognition of her research. Her books include Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities; Hybridity and Its Discontents: Politics, Science, Culture (edited with Annie Coombes); Thinking Identities: Racism, Ethnicity and Culture and Global Futures: Migration, Environment and Globalization (both edited with Mary Hickman and Mairtin Mac an Ghail).
Professor Brah spent 1980–82 as a research associate at Leicester University and then three years as a lecturer with the Open University, before joining Birkbeck in 1985 as lecturer, becoming senior lecturer, Reader then Professor. She spent a year as Visiting Professor at the University of California in 1992 and at Cornell University in 2001 and is a member of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and the British Sociological Association. She was also admissions tutor for MSc Race and Ethnic Relations, which addresses the centrality of ethnicity to policy and social relations, particularly in the key areas of migration, asylum and citizenship, policing, education, and race relations legislation.
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Ceri Peach (University of Oxford)
Professor Ceri Peach, Professor of Social Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford from 1992 to 2007 is now Emeritus Professor and Research Associate at the School and Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College Oxford. On retirement from Oxford he was appointed Professor at the Institute for Social Change at Manchester University. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University, Berkeley, Yale, University of British Columbia, Harvard and Princeton.
Professor Peach works on migration and ethnic and religious segregation in cities. Current work includes critical appraisal of claims of ghettoisation in British cities and comparative work on US and UK segregation patterns as part of the Manchester / Harvard University joint research programme. Ceri is part of the team headed by Miles Hewstone, Professor of Social Pyschology at Oxford, Anthony Heath, Professor of Sociology at Oxford, Sarah Spencer, Director of the ESRC COMPAS research programme at Oxford and Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max Planck Institute at Göttingen, all working on the issue of ethnic diversity and social cohesion. Also, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.
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Khachig Tölölyan (Wesleyan University, Connecticut)

Khachig Tölölyan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and The Johns Hopkins University. Professor Tölölyan is founder and editor of Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. His main reseach interest is in the increasing level of migration and dispersion that brings new populations to the West and other relatively wealthy regions of the world, from Dubai to Moscow; how these dispersions become ethnic and diasporic; and how they reshape the culture and politics of the nations that host them as well as the nations they left. He has written on nationalism and diasporas, modern narrative and critical theory, Armenian studies and terrorism.
Having grown up in different countries, with several languages and worked in various disciplines (molecular biology; marine biology; literature; history; political science; psychology), Professor Tölölyan can speak from personal experience when it comes to transdisciplinarity and ‘multilocal’ perspectives. He was one of the first academics to understand that diasporas and transnationalism would matter in a lot of ways to a lot of people. This, combined with his desire to do something multidisciplinary, and his lifelong involvement in editing and in Armenian diasporic work, motivated him to take the entrepreneurial step of founding the journal Diaspora.
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