The Bauman Institute

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


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

About our projects


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.

About our Archive and Legacy work


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

About our upcoming events

New Book Series of Unpublished Writings by Zygmunt Bauman

On 30 June 2021, with a specially produced live video on YouTube, the BI launched a new series of books with Polity featuring unpublished writings by Zygmunt Bauman from the Bauman Archive. The first volume, trans. by Katarzyna Bartoszynskam, and edited by BI members, Dariusz Brzezinski, Tom Campbell, Mark Davis and Jack Palmer, is out now with more coming next year.

Critical Mobilities Theory

Rodanthi Tzanelli presents an online seminar series on MOBILITIES in 2021-22, beginning with a symposium on the social theorist John Urry. For upcoming seminars in the series see EVENTS. The video of the symposium, co-organised with CEMORE at the Univ of Lancaster, features talks from Michael Haldrup, Mimi Sheller and Jennie Germann Molz. Photo of John Urry by Chia-Ling Lai.

New Journal Launch

International advisory network member, Albena Azmanova, is the co-editor of a new journal Emancipations, launched in Sept 2021. The very first edition features a BI special tribute to David Graeber from our Bauman Underground "Militant Epistemologies" seminar in December 2020, with contributions by Adrian Favell, Myka Tucker-Abramson, Mark Davis and Andrew Wallace.

The Postcolonial Bauman Lecture Series

Introduced by Adrian Favell
Video available here
Introduced by Mark Davis and Jason Allen-Paisant

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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4-5.30pm. 'Intimate Geopolitics of Mobility: Lauren Berlant and the Affects of Tourism'. Presented by Mary Mostafanezhad, UH Manoa & Roger Norum. Univ. of Oulu, with Graham Huggan, Ole B. Jensen, Jennie Germann Molz, Christine Lundberg, Vassilios Ziakas, Ilia Alvarado-Sizzo & Michael Haldrup.


Gurminder Bhambra and John Holmwood present and debate their much anticipated text Colonialism and Modern Social Theory. With respondents Manuela Boatcă, S.Sayyid, and Adrian Favell. Co-organised with CERS.


4-5.30pm. 'Unlonely Planet: Entangling for Good in Tourism Nature Cultures'. Presented by Kellee Caton, Thompson Rivers University, with Ana Maria Munar, Graham Huggan, Dominic Lapointe, Christine Lundberg, Vassilios Ziakas & Ilia Alvarado-Sizzo.


3-4.30pm. The third discussion in our series on critical theory in the face of global environmental catastrophe, on the key French thinker, Bruno Latour.