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Living in the Times of Interregnum

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
4:30 p.m.
McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Boston College

with Zygmunt Bauman
Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK; active lecturer at The Bauman Institute, University of Leeds


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Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK and considered one of the most significant global social thinkers of the modern era. The author of 57 books and hundreds of articles, most recently This is Not a Diary (2012) and Culture in a Liquid Modern World (2011), Bauman has extensively studied such themes as morality, modernity, postmodernity, globalization, and consumerism. His early work also includes important studies analyzing the links between the Holocaust and modernity. Originally born in Poland, Prof. Bauman studied sociology at the Academy of Social Sciences in Warsaw and then received postgraduate degrees in philosophy from the University of Warsaw. After completing his MA in 1954, he became a lecturer at the same university, where he remained until 1968. Bauman also spent time at the London School of Economics, where he completed a comprehensive study of the British socialist movement, which later became his first major book. In 1968, an anti-Semitic campaign in Communist Poland resulted in a purge, which forced Bauman to flee, first to Isreal where he taught at Tel Aviv University and then to the University of Leeds where he accepted a chair in 1971. He retired from teaching in 1990, but became a leading voice in the anti-globalization movement. Most recently, his work has focused on the metaphor of “liquidity, which has captured the fluid and constantly shifting character of our equally individualized and globalized lives and, over the course of a series of related books and articles, has offered one of the most significant interpretations of human societies in the twenty-first century. Today, at age 87, Professor Bauman is still an active lecturer at The Bauman Center, University of Leeds.