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Encounters: Representation of the Others in Modern European History (full text of book, pdf) ed. by Madeleine Hurd “This anthology utilizes the concept of encounters to investigate the linked constructions of identity and difference in modern European history. The articles use representations of others to ask basic questions about identity: how is the encountered group…
Alone again: ethics after uncertainty (http://www.demos.co.uk/files/aloneagain.pdf) “Throughout Demos’work, a continuing theme has been that as old ideologies wane, ethics necessarily become more important. But whereas in the past we could rest our ethics on solid foundations – such as the Church, tradition or faith in a utopia – today ethics have become far less certain…
Re-thinking Global Society The Bauman Institute International Launch Conference School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds UK Monday 6th – Tuesday 7th September 2010 We are delighted to announce that the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds will formally launch the Bauman Institute in September 2010, established in…
In response to a number of articles in the Times Higher Education Supplement earlier this year and reports coming from the Governement and other institutions querying the contribution that publically funded research makes to public knowledge and debates, the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Leeds University decided to go ahead with an intiative…
Today sees the launch of a new politics e-journal – Roundhouse: A Journal of Critical Theory and Practice at Leeds University. A team of 3rd year undergraduate students have led the editorial process and the first edition showcases nine articles from recent graduates examining the ‘applied turn’ in Critical Theory along with an editorial statement…
I was invited to attend the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 23-34 as part of a consultative group to identify and assess the best ways in which to respond to the challenges of globalization, the economic crisis and climate change, guided by the need to create a ‘Europe of Shared Responsibility’ (the title…
I am aware of two writings by Zygmunt Bauman on education. I will be writing a short paper that summarises the main points made in these as I see them. I’ll post the paper here for comment and discussion if anyone is interested. The two readings are: Educational Challenges of the Liquid-Modern Era in Diogenes…
I have just received a copy of Zygmunt’s 2008 book ‘Does ethics have a chance in world of consumers?’ The image on the cover is quite optimistic I think as it is an oyster shell with a pearl in it. Does the grit of a consumer life produce a pearl of wisdom perhaps? Chapter 4…
Leon posted a link to a fascinating interview with Zygmunt Bauman in a resources blog post.  A couple of things struck me about the interview. It reminded me of an earlier book by Zygmunt – Socialism: the active utopia. I read this shortly after it was published and had just finished reading Ursula Le Guin’s…
I have recently got involved in helping with a politics module on Critical Theory and was delighted to see William Outhwaite featured in the reading list. William was my external examiner in 1989 for my PhD and I have very fond memories of the viva, his support, encouragement and the interest he showed for my…