Everyone at Manchester University Press was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Zygmunt Bauman. He was seen as a true original by many of our publishing colleagues, who, like budding disciples, read his work, attended his public lectures and spent hours encouraging booksellers and sales reps to spread the word in the hope that others would be as enriched as we were the first time we picked up a Bauman book.
And we were not alone…it turns out that our series editors and authors feel the same way, as shown in the reflections contained in the short piece that we’ve made availbale to download at the bottom of this page.
What started out as a few colleagues reminiscing over the impact Bauman had on their lives and the sad news of his passing has quickly evolved into a small homage to Bauman in booklet form, including contributions from people who have studied and followed Bauman, but also knew him as a person and mentor. In this short booklet you will find personal memories of Bauman the PhD examiner, or Bauman the shape-shifter, Bauman the liquid modern author, and Bauman the moral sociologist. Fascinating insights not just into Bauman himself but also our own thoughts and impressions of Bauman, as well as our appreciation of the gifts he has given to us in the form of his writings and, for those fortunate enough, private discussions.
If you have read Bauman we hope you will appreciate the reflections presented here. For those of you who are new to Bauman, please read on and see for yourself, then once you have finished, go out and read something by Bauman himself to truly get a sense of what all this is about…
Remembering Bauman includes: