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Zygmunt Bauman to speak at Leeds Met

Zygmunt Bauman to speak at Leeds Met

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World-renowned sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman is to give a guest lecture at Leeds Metropolitan University.

World-renowned sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman is to give a guest lecture at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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 December 2012For immediate releaseZygmunt Bauman to speak at Leeds Met
World-renowned sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman is to give aguest lecture at Leeds Metropolitan University.
One of the creators of the “postmodernism” concept
and internationallycelebrated as one of the greatest social thinkers of our time
 –
Professor 
Bauman‟s session is to be held at the University‟s Rose Bowl from 3.30pm on
Wednesday 12 December.Places for the hour-
long event, entitled „
Living in Times of Interregnum - or on
the Discordance of Tasks and Means‟, can be booked in advance and are
allocated on a first come first served basis.Professor Ieuan Ellis, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences,
said: “It is a great honour for Leeds Metropolitan University to have Zygmunt
Bauman attend to give this important lecture. As one of the most respectedsociologists and social thinkers in the world he has and continues to be of huge influence on an international level as a professor, a speaker and an
author. This event really is not to be missed.”
 Zygmunt Bauman is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds where they launched the Bauman Institute in his honour in September 2010.Since his retirement in 1990, he has published more than 40 books andcontinues to lecture across the globe. He was awarded the European Amalfi
 
Prize for Sociology in 1992, the Theodor W Adorno Award in 1998 and thePrince of Asturias Award in 2010. In his lecture at Leeds Metropolitan
University he will discuss his latest books „Collateral Casualties‟, published in2011 and „This is not a Diary‟ –
published earlier this year.Best known for his work analysing links between modernity and theHolocaust, and of postmodern consumerism, globalisation and morality, hisunique contribution of the conceptual framework 'liquid modernity' hasinfluenced international research.Before moving to Leeds in 1972, Professor Bauman lived through the greatevents of mid-20th-century Europe. Born to non-practising Polish-Jewish
parents in provincial Poznań, he and his parents escaped to the Soviet Union
in 1939 following the Nazi invasion of Poland. He served in the Polish divisionof the Red Army, being awarded the Military Cross of Valour in 1945. Stillenlisted, he studied at Warsaw University and married in 1948
 –
he has notedthe irony that he owed both his education and his marriage to the war. Anti-Semitism impeded his academic progress and led to his discharge from the Army in 1954. These factors, when added to his disillusionment withcommunism in Poland, if not with communism itself, formed his decision toleave Poland in 1968. He then lived in Israel before moving to the UK.Professor Malcolm Todd, Head of School for Social, Psychological and
Communications and Sciences, added: “Zygmunt Bauman‟s works have had
a great influence on higher education and social thinking across the globe and
Leeds Metropolitan‟s Sociology group is delighted that he is taking the
time to
be a part of the University‟s Social Science seminar series.”
 The lecture will end with an opportunity to ask questions. To book your placeplease email s.rooke@leedsmet.ac.uk. 
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