Book Launch – with Dariusz Brzezinski of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

This book launch took place on 17th October 2018 at the University of Leeds. More information can be found on the Sociology and Social Policy website.

“Sketches in the Theory of Culture” is a remarkable work. Written by Zygmunt Bauman when he was a professor in Poland, it was suppressed by the Polish Government and thought to be lost for decades.

Astonishingly, it survived in the form of an uncorrected set of proofs which were recently discovered and which are the basis of this edition.

Now published in English for the first time, this book sheds new light on Bauman’s work prior to his emigration and illuminates the intellectual climate of Poland in the late 1960s.

Mark Davis Introduces the book launch:

Irena Bauman on the family move from Poland

Irena Bauman at the Seminar

Dariusz Brzeziński (Ph.D.), is as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Department of Theoretical Sociology). He also teaches sociology and anthropology at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. His research focuses on contemporary social thought, sociology of culture, and theory of culture. He has published two books on Zygmunt Bauman: Zygmunt Bauman’s Work in the Context of the Contemporary Theories of Culture (2017, in Polish), and Utopian Thinking in the Social Thought of Zygmunt Bauman (2015, in Polish).

In September 2018, Polity Press published Bauman’s book Sketches in the Theory of Culture that Brzeziński discovered (after fifty years of recognizing it as irretrievably lost), restored and provided with an introduction – the story of which provides the basis for this lunchtime seminar.