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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First official BI event of the year: Peter Beilharz talks to SSP’s @_DrMarkDavis about his new book, ‘Intimacy in postmodern...

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Bauman’s biographer Izabela Wagner and deputy director of Bauman Institute Jack Palmer in conversation

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The opening discussion event in our open public lecture series "Militant Epistemologies" on Key Thinkers and their impact on Theory & Politics

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The first in a series of talks on Bauman and post-colonial social theory, co-sponsored with PIN: Postcolonial Intellectuals and their...

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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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PROSEU partner ICLEI report on Dr Mark Davis's research to explore how Community Municipal Investments (CMIs) could also help European city partners to deliver on their own net zero targets.

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