Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer, based in London. He currently holds posts at Birkbeck College, Leo Baeck College and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. The author of six books, Keith has written for publications including the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, New Humanist and many more.
Keith’s seventh book THE BABEL MESSAGE: A LOVE LETTER TO LANGUAGE will be published by Icon Books in November 2021.
Keith started his career with a PhD at Goldsmiths College in the sociology of ‘extreme metal’ music scenes in the UK, Sweden and Israel. His research formed the basis of his first book EXTREME METAL: MUSIC AND CULTURE ON THE EDGE (Berg 2007). He continues to write about metal to this day.
From his metal roots, Keith has branched out to writing about other subjects and publishing outside of academia. His book DENIAL: THE UNSPEAKABLE TRUTH (Notting Hill Editions 2018) confronted the pathologies of the post-truth era and STRANGE HATE: ANTISEMITISM, RACISM AND THE LIMITS OF DIVERSITY (Repeater 2019) intervened in the controversial question of modern antisemitism.
After a career writing about heavy subjects, in THE BABEL MESSAGE Keith will celebrate humanity’s extraordinary linguistic diversity, taking as his starting point the multilingual warning messages inside Kinder Surprise Eggs. No, seriously.