Zygmunt Bauman: Jewish European Heritage in the Age of Diasporas

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February 24, 2012 by IJV

Date: Sunday, 26 February 2012
Time: 5:00pm
Hall One
King’s Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Nearest tube station: King’s Cross St. Pancras
Price: £9.50 / Multi-event discounts available

Zygmunt Bauman takes us on a sweeping tour of the history of European Jews and their search for a place. He places back the birth of Zionism in its context, at the peak of modern nation-state building zeal and imperialist expansion. He looks at past desperate Jewish efforts to assimilate and the negative responses they provoked. He compares them to assimilation today into what he calls “the liquid world of universal and fluid short-lived particularities, resigned to ambiguity”, concluding that “European Jews were cast by the drama of modern nation-building into the role of the pioneers of modern thought.”

Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds, is one of the most significant global social thinkers of our age. His work, spanning nearly five decades, steadfastly refuses to be constrained by arbitrary disciplinary boundaries within the arts, humanities and social sciences.

An extraordinarily productive scholar, his writings are relevant to sociology, but also to social and political theory, philosophy, ethics, art theory, media/communications studies, cultural studies, and theology. His work offers a reappraisal of fundamental concepts such as freedom, responsibility, morality, identity, community, security and uncertainty, love and intimacy, and welfare. His contributions to the challenge of ‘rethinking global society’ are as valuable as ever.

Jason Strelitz will interview Zygmunt Bauman and works in Public Health and Social Policy, focussing on child poverty and inequalities.  He is author of Decent Childhoods: reframing the fight to end child poverty.

We apologise that Aharon Appelfeld who was originally scheduled to talk at this time is no longer able to attend
This event will last approx. 60 minutes

For more information and tickets click here.


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