We’re Hiring! Apply for our new Laidlaw Scholarship


Led by Dr Tom Campbell, the Bauman Institute has successfully secured funding to offer a new Laidlaw Undergraduate Leadership and Research Scholarship for 2020.

The Scholarship is tied to a research project led by Tom, entitled ‘Zygmunt Bauman, Teaching, and the History of Sociology’.

In the history of Social Thought, the history of Sociology and history of Ideas more generally, the role of teaching in the intellectual development of our canonical figures is a largely under-researched area leaving us with only a partial (perhaps even distorted) history of our discipline and the development of its ideas.

Tom’s research project aims to take a small step towards rectifying this.  It focuses upon one of sociology’s most prominent figures, Professor Zygmunt Bauman, whose newly-opened archive is housed within the University of Leeds Special Collections.

The successful scholar will have the exciting opportunity to conduct archival research there, along with a small number of interviews with retired academic staff members who were taught by and/or worked with Zygmunt Bauman.  The focus of such interviews will be on the curriculum taught by Zygmunt Bauman and his attitudes towards student education and the curriculum.   ​

Applicants need to have an interest in the history of Sociology, history of Social Thought and/or history of Ideas, and be excited by the opportunity to conduct archival and qualitative research. The successful scholar needs to be able to listen empathetically, have good time management skills, be extremely reliable and professional, and have the capacity to travel locally.

Applications are invited from today and the deadline is: 28 February 2020 at 23:59.

To apply for this Laidlaw Scholarship, and for any further details, please email Tom directly: T.W.Campbell@leeds.ac.uk