Interventions Seminar on Liquid Modernity

A CentreCATH seminar organised in collaboration with Lumen as part of the Evolution 2003 programme

14.00 - 17.30, 11th October 2003, Ster Century Cinema, The Light, Leeds


Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. He was formerly of the University of Warsaw until 1968 and the University of Tel Aviv, and held several visiting professorships, in Australia and elsewhere, before coming to Leeds. He is now Professor Emeritus also at the University of Warsaw. Born in Poznan, Poland, he studied at the University of Warsaw after serving in the Free Polish Army during the war. He fled from Poland in 1968 and eventually settled with his wife Janina Bauman, a writer, and their three children in Britain in 1971.

Zygmunt Bauman is known throughout the world for works such as Legislators and Interpreters (1987), Modernity and the Holocaust (1989), Modernity and Ambivalence (1991) and Postmodern Ethics (1993). He is the author of some 21 books in English and of numerous articles and reviews. His most recent publications include: Liquid Modernity (2000), The Individualized Society (2001), Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman, with Keith Tester (2001), Society Under Siege (2002), and Liquid Love: On the Frailty of Human Bonds (2003).

His reputation, although already well-established by the 1970s in Western Europe and North America as well as throughout the then Eastern Bloc, grew at an especially rapid rate in the late 1980s; today he is described variously as one of the twentieth century’s great social theorists and the world’s foremost sociologist of postmodernity. Even this second designation may, however, belong in the past, because Bauman's thought is always moving on to break new ground. Zygmunt Bauman was awarded the Amalfi European Prize in 1990 and the Adorno Prize in 1998.

Antony Bryant

Originally trained in Social Sciences, Professor Bryant drifted into computing almost by chance in the 1980s. After several years working as a systems analyst and project leader, he joined Leeds Polytechnic in 1985 (which became Leeds Metropolitan University in the 1990s). From 1998-1994 he held the post of BT Reader in Software Engineering and in 1994 he became Professor of Informatics.

Professor Bryant is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam, and at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya.

Gustav Metzger

Born into a Polish-Jewish family in Nürnburg in 1926, Metzger came to London as a child refugee in 1939 where he trained as an artist. His early experiences in Nazi Germany fuelled a lifelong preoccupation with social and political injustices in the world. The quest for social change and his opposition to the capitalist system has remained the focus of Metzger's life and work.

Griselda Pollock

Griselda Pollock is Director of the AHRB Centre for Cultural Analysis Theory and History, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art, Co-Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Executive Member of Centre for Jewish Studies, Executive Member of Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds.

Professor Pollock's main research interests are in the issues of gender, race and class in the formations of modernism in late nineteenth century Europe and America; the history of women in the visual arts with a current project focusing on femininity, representation and modernity 1928-1968;the work of Vincent van Gogh; women's cinema 1940-9; the legend of Tarzan: myths of empire, identity and place, contemporary visual arts by women. Major research supervision is offered in cultural studies, art history, film studies and feminist studies in the visual arts. Her new research areas include issues of trauma, history and memory after the Holocaust and Jewish Art and Modernity.

Entrance Fee Leeds University Delegates: 3-day pass: £20 (normal price £45) Please book your tickets through CentreCATH if you want 1-day pass: £10 (normal price £18) to make use of these special rates


Half-day seminar hosted by Lumen and the AHRB Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History, University of Leeds .

AHRB School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies University of Leeds