Interventions Seminar on Liquid Modernity
A CentreCATH seminar organised in collaboration with Lumen
as part of the Evolution
14.00 - 17.30, 11th October 2003, Ster Century Cinema, The
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
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.
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.
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 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
Half-day seminar hosted by Lumen and the AHRB Centre for Cultural Analysis,
Theory and History, University of Leeds .