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Thinking in Dark Times: Assessing the Legacies of Zygmunt Bauman’s Work


This transdisciplinary symposium will mark the second anniversary of the death of this renowned and internationally influential sociologist and cultural analyst. The symposium brings together international speakers to share new research on his biography, the historical shaping of his key concepts of the stranger, the exile, the refugee, his role in the theorizing of the...

Report Launch - Financial Innovation Today: Towards Economic Resilience


A buffet lunch plus tea and coffee will be provided. In an age of financial crisis and fiscal austerity, can money and finance be a force for good? This event will launch the Bauman Institute’s report on the alternative finance movement in the UK. Download the report here Drawing upon interviews with senior figures in...

Professor Judy Wajcman: ‘Pressed for time: Everyday life in the digital age’


Leeds Social Sciences Institute / The Bauman Institute Professor Judy Wajcman Judy Wajcman will explore why technology is blamed for accelerating everyday life and yet we turn to digital devices for the solution during a talk that is being co-hosted by Leeds Social Sciences Institute / The Bauman Institute. The Professor of Sociology at the...

Seminar - Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics


Thursday 23 April, 5 - 6.30pm, Room 12.21 Social Sciences Building.
Author and journalist Zoe Williams brings together all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and shows us that on all levels, it’s lunacy to be anything other than left-wing unless you’re actually already an oligarch. She offers us the debate in a truly entertaining way – and provides a road map for a better future that will be a major part of the debate in the run up to the election in May

Reclaiming Modernity: Beyond Markets, Beyond Machines


Political life can often feel pretty bleak for all the reasons you know and feel so well. As the 7 May election draws near, there is already a familiar sense that ‘big ideas’ are not welcome. And then something pops up and rekindles your optimism.

Confirmed Speakers: Mark Fisher, Jeremy Gilbert

All Welcome,
Saturday 28th March, 12 - 2pm,
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds

Modernity and Fascist temporalities.


Guest Speaker: Roger Griffin Modernity and Fascist temporalities is a talk by Professor Roger Griffin based on his article 'Fixing Solutions: Fascist temporalities as Remedies for Liquid Modernity' published this month in Journal of Modern European History. It was delivered in an early form at a conference on Fascist time held in 2013 in Italy,...

Ethics, Evil and the Other: Bauman, Lévinas, Badiou (Seminar Series)


A seminar series hosted by Roundhouse The central place that Emmanuel Lévinas occupies in the development of Zygmunt Bauman’s thought after 1989 has often been noted. However, the degree to which Lévinas underpins Bauman’s ethical imagination has been significantly under-theorised and its consequences for his distinct approach to sociology often overlooked. Reading through Bauman’s first...

One Nation? Class, Utopia, and Labour’s Curious Quest for Renewal


A Bauman Institute Workshop Guest Speaker: Hugo Radice Panel: Tracy Shildrick, Mark Davis All Welcome In September, Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford published the results of their Policy Review. Entitled ‘One Nation: Labour’s Political Renewal’ they describe the document as “radically rethinking what Labour stands for when there is no money to spare”. They also...

Diasporas of the Mind


Presented by the Centre for Jewish Studies, FAHACS, CentreCATH and The Bauman Institute, Professor Bryan Cheyette will lead a discussion on his new book, Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial writing and the Nightmare of History.

Liquid Cities - Postgraduate Masterclass


Liquid Cities Postgraduate Masterclass with Peter Beilharz Professor of Sociology, La Trobe University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Mark Davis Director of the Bauman Institute, University of Leeds, UK        Keith Tester Professor of Sociology, University of Hull, UK “Contemporary cities are the battlegrounds on which global powers and stubbornly local meanings and identities meet, clash, struggle and seek a...