Below is a sample of some of our key publications. Please visit individual staff pages for an up-to-date record of publications by members of the Bauman Institute.
These publications by the Bauman Institute are intended to communicate our research and teaching output in an interesting and accessible format. The hope is that each Think Piece will help to stimulate debate in our main areas of interest, mindful of Professor Bauman’s advice never to refrain from questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our everyday life.
(Think Piece No.3, August 2014)
Bartek Dziadosz reflects on the ethical implications of the essayistic form after the first public screening of The Trouble with Being Human These Days on 25 March 2014. In this short essay, the author discusses the use of narration in visual storytelling, the relationship between narration and subjectivity, and discusses the ideas of Timothy Corrigan and the “film essay”.
Reference: Dziadosz, B. (2014) ‘The Ethical Implications of the Essayistic’, The Bauman Institute: Think Pieces, No.3, August, 1-8.
(Think Piece No.2, November 2013)
Lack of time is regularly cited as the main reason people do not engage in volunterring or participate in other community activities. However, this paper argues that simply having enough time does not necessarily facilitate greater involvement, in part because the perceived value of people’s time is contingent upon their skills and knowledge. Drawing on data from an enthographic case study exploring community participating in a neighbourhood in Leeds, Katy Wright explores issues around the availability and value of people’s time in relation to local community engagement.
Reference: Wright, K. (2013) ‘Time and the ‘Big Society”, The Bauman Institute: Think Pieces, No.2, November, 1-12.
(Think Piece No.1, July 2013)
The riots which erupted in England’s major cities in the summer of 2011 were for many the becoming-real of urban nightmares. What started as a reaction to the shooting of Mark Duggan1 descended into violence and looting which spread fire-like across the country. One would be hard-pressed to find a more exemplary ‘moral panic’, an episode more threatening “to societal values and interests” (Cohen, 2002: 1). As David Starkey’s remarkable on-air meltdown on Newsnight (Starkey, 2011) aptly demonstrated, Jack Palmer argues the country found itself in the grips of hysteria.
Reference: Palmer, J. (2013) ‘Flawed Consumers: An analysis of the riots of August 2011 informed by the thought of Zygmunt Bauman’, The Bauman Institute: Think Pieces, No.1, July, 1-17.
Roundhouse is a student-led postgraduate journal in The Bauman Institute, University of Leeds. Roundhouse aims to provide students with the opportunity to publicize their work in an annually released peer-reviewed journal whilst developing their research interests through a series of workshops, film screenings and symposiums hosted by the journal’s editors.
Roundhouse’s main directives are student inherited research and horizontal learning. It aims to spread communicative practices in higher education, create a more flexible style of learning and directly challenge the image of undergraduate students as ‘passive consumers’.