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Bauman Collection

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The Collection

The Bauman Institute is the home of a unique collection of published and unpublished works by Professor Zygmunt Bauman.

The Bauman Institute Collection is a large, dynamic collection of material that will continue to grow as we gather together evermore books and articles by and about the life and works of Zygmunt Bauman. The Collection already includes original copies of Bauman’s published monographs, a selection of his contributions to edited collections, and his published articles, all in a variety of languages. We are also very fortunate to have some examples of his professional correspondence, personal annotations of work, and working drafts of some of his books, lectures and articles in his personal notebooks.

The Bauman Institute Collection is also delighted to be able to include the writings and personal papers of Janina Bauman.

Under the guidance of Chris Sheppard, this fantastic resource has been collated and is cared for by the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections Team and offers a unique resource for scholars and students from across the world.

For further information, please contact the Bauman Institute,

Audio-visual Archive

In a related and exciting venture, we are now also working towards the development of a unique Audio-Visual Archive of Professor Bauman’s lectures, interviews and public appearances.

Working closely with both Bartek Dziadosz and Grzegorz Lepiarz – who are directing and producing the documentary film The Trouble With Being Human These Days – we now have footage of Professor Bauman’s lecture tour throughout Europe in late 2010:

  • Berlin, Germany

    "Europe - The Unfinished Adventure" - a lecture from the Collegium Hungaricum  on 24th March 2011

  • Barcelona, Spain

    "Old and New Dimensions of inequality" - a lecture from Kosmopolis CCCB on the 23rd October 2010

  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Lectures from the Central European Forum on the 5th and 6th November 2010

  • Cracow, Poland

    A lecture from the Kuznica Award Ceremony in Jagiellonian University on the 29th October 2010

  • Gdansk, Poland

    "Respect Utopia or Necessity", "Political Critique Debate" and "Areopag - Panel Session" - three lectures from the 13th and 14th November 2010

  • Kaunas, Lithuania

    "Natural History of Evil" - a lecture from Vytautas Magnus University on the 1st October 2010

  • Lodz, Poland

    "Kultura w swiecie diaspor" - a lecture from Lodz University on the 25th November 2010

  • Oviedo, Spain

    Prince of Asturias Awards 2010: Zygmunt Bauman in conversation with Alain Touraine on the 22nd October 2010

  • Poznan, Poland

    Three lectures from the 22nd and 23rd November 2010

  • Vienna, Austria

    "Living in Diasporas" - a lecture from the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue on the 8th November 2010

  • Vilnius, Lithuania

    "Selves as Object of Consumption" - a lecture from the Jewish State Museum of Tolerance Centre on the 30th September 2010

  • Warsaw, Poland

    "Culture 2.0 / 2010" - 20th November 2010

International Launch Conference


We were delighted to launch the Bauman Institute within the School of Sociology and Social Policy with a major international conference on 6th and 7th September 2010.

It was an honour to welcome as our plenary speakers:

  • Neal Lawson – Chair of Compass, and writer for The Guardian and New Statesman
  • Saskia Sassen – Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, and Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
  • Daniel Libeskind – Architect
  • George Ritzer – Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland

And giving our inspirational Closing Address:

  • Zygmunt Bauman – Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds

The conference was fortunate to host such a wonderful mixture of plenary and special panels sessions.

Conference Archive

With over 200 delegates from around the world attending, the conference brought together international expertise amongst scholars, researchers, practitioners, and postgraduate students, working in a variety of fields across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The two day conference ran a series of parallel sessions, reflecting the research and teaching priorities of the Bauman Institute, and there was a very high level of debate and discussion as everyone responded to the challenge of Rethinking Global Society.

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