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, Environment & 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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The Postcolonial Bauman Lecture Series

Introduced by Adrian Favell
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Introduced by Mark Davis and Jason Allen-Paisant
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Special Events 2020-21

VIDEO: New York based anticapitalist activist, political theorist and translator Sabu Kohso presents his new book with Duke UP, Radiation and Revolution, with discussant Jason Waite. In this landmark work, ten years on from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Northern Japan, Kohso illuminates the relationship between nuclear power, capitalism, and the nation-state.
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VIDEO: A double book launch of works by Bauman Institute member Rodanthi Tzanelli. Discussants Ole B. Jensen, Noel Salazar and Dominic Lapointe examine the author’s approach to digital psychogeography, pilgrimage and tourist flânerie in her Magical Realist Sociologies of Belonging and Becoming: The Explorer (Routledge 2020) and Frictions in Cosmopolitan Mobilities (Elgar 2021).
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VIDEO: Mark Davis, founding director of the Bauman Institute, introduces his research on alternative finance that led to the launch of the UK’s first two Community Municipal Investments (CMIs) and reports on plans to extend the model with new projects.
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The rationality of the ruled is always the weapon of the rulers.

Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust (1989)
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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Molly Geidel (UoManchester), Vania Belen Suarez Botelho and Nic Salazar-Sutil (UoL) discuss the postcolonial Bolivian theorist of indigenous identities and cultures / STARTS AT 5PM

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Book launch of a new edited volume of Zygmunt Bauman's unpublished writings on Culture and Art

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Muneeb Hafiz (Lancaster University) and Rebecca Porter (SSP) discuss critical applications of the key decolonial thinker, Achille Mbembe / STARTS AT 5PM

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A workshop for graduate students in social and critical theory, with presentations of work in progress and feedback discussion

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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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Our ESRC-WRDTP Collaborative Award project entitled "Evaluating the Social Value of Innovative Finance - A Case Study of Community Municipal Bonds" starts this month.

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