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To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Zygmunt Bauman’s Modernity and the Holocaust (1989), two events were held in the week 9th-13th September 2019. First a two-day symposium in Leeds organised by the Bauman Institute; and then a special panel at the 17th Polish Sociological Congress in Wrocław organised with our friends at PAN. These were the latest in a series of ‘legacy’ activities inaugurated by the University of Leeds after...

Janina Bauman, in the words of one of many friends, was “a truly beautiful person, who made things golden” Yet her serene demeanour and dreamy, thoughtful disposition, belied the turbulence of her early life as witness to the horrors of the Warsaw ghetto and post-war anti-Semitic purges in socialist Poland....

A bus from Tokyo disgorged a large group of youngsters on a beach at Atami, a little sea-resort and a favourite weekend haunt for the capital’s seekers of erotic adventure; this is what we learn from today’s edition of the YAHOO!News. Buses arrive from Tokyo to Atami several times a...

At the threshold of the third millennium France, like most of the planet, was in throes of uncertainty. The entry into the new era was appropriately preceded by what might have been (we would never know for sure) one of the most successful hoaxes in history: the “millennium bug” affair,...