The Bauman Institute

An international centre for the promotion of teaching and research in social and critical theory.

Research

We host a range of funded and exploratory projects developing theory on ALTERNATE FUTURES for Economy, Arts, Populations, Mobilities & Democracy

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Archive

The Janina and Zygmunt Bauman Archive is a major repository of their life's work, supported by regular events and the publication of new studies and collections of writing.

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Events

The Bauman Institute organises conferences, workshops, book launches, and an online lecture/discussion series on major theorists for students and the general public.

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I happen to believe that questions are hardly ever wrong; it is the answers that might be so. I also believe, though, that refraining from questioning is the worst answer of all.

Zygmunt Bauman
An annual prize for the best MA Dissertation in one of our supported programmes. Those selected address an area of “significant ethical or moral relevance” which was a concern in Janina Bauman’s own writing.
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The first in our series on Bauman and post-colonial social theory, co-sponsored with PIN: Postcolonial Intellectuals and their European Publics

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The second talk in our series reflecting upon the relevance of Bauman's work to current concerns in post-colonial and decolonial theory

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The third talk in our series reflecting on reading Bauman in the light of critiques of Eurocentrism and the transformative challenge of decolonial thought

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Our closing talk, and also a celebration of the recent award to Griselda Pollock of the 2020 Holberg Prize, Norway's equivalent to the Nobel Prize for critical theory

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We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Janina Bauman Prize to be André Dallas, for his thesis “Development as I-nity: Rastafari Philosophy as a Decolonial Alternative to Orthodox Development Paradigms in Jamaica”

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Bauman’s biographer Izabela Wagner and deputy director of Bauman Institute Jack Palmer will be featured in a special webinar co-sponsored by the BSA Theory Study Group and the Bauman Institute online on 2 December 12-1pm. Further information and registration for this event here: https://baumaninstitute.leeds.ac.uk/events/bsa-theory-study-group-the-life-and-work-of-zygmunt-bauman/

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As the Bauman Institute celebrates its tenth anniversary, Prof Adrian Favell has become the new Director of the Bauman Institute. Founding Director Mark Davis will continue to play a key role in the direction of the Institute. Adrian is well known as a political theorist of citizenship and multiculturalism, and is working on a new book for Polity Press in migration theory.

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CMIs are being hailed as a breakthrough for hard-pressed councils to achieve their climate targets – and transform their relationship with residents.

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