Keynote 3 Professor Bauman and professor Kania

Professor Zygmunt Bauman and professor Aleksandra Kania will have a joint 2-hour session Friday morning.

Professor Bauman: Family setting, parents and children in a “tumbleweed society”

In this lecture professor Bauman will address the succession of post-war generation and evolution of the generational perception of the world and life tasks. Keywords are the dialectics of belonging and self-identification and the online/offline split. Bauman will also address the issues of weakening family ties and commodification of childhood and selfhood, as well as the impact of rising social inequality and ex-commodification of labour one the present-day youth.

About professor Zygmunt Bauman:

Zygmunt Bauman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds and at the University of Warsaw. Professor Bauman is known throughout the world for works such as Modernity and the Holocaust (1989), Modernity and Ambivalence (1991), Postmodern Ethics (1993), Liquid Modernity (2000), and Wasted Lives. Modernity and its Outcasts (2004). Professor Bauman is one of the great social theorists of our time and continues to offer profound insights on diverse issues related to contemporary society.


Professor Kania: Intergenerational Solidarity

The problems of intergenerational solidarity involve exploration of relationship between age categories that are described as infants, children, teenagers, young adults, middle aged, seniors or elderly and are connected with playing different roles within families (children, parents, and grandparents) as well as within institutional setting of a larger society (pupils or students, workers or employees, retired or pensioners). Results of the European Values Study show that human solidarity more and more becomes an individual issue, less restricted by traditional ties, more universal but also weaker and superficial commitment. The best foundation of solidarity is a combination of personal interests with feelings of compassion and moral duty.

About professor Aleksandra Jasińska-Kania

Professor Kania is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Institute of Sociology at Warsaw University in Poland, where she has served as a professor since 1990.

Her areas of specialisation are general sociology, comparative studies of values, democracy and citizenship, national identity, nationalism, and ethnic stereotypes

Professor Kania has been a visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1994), St. John’s College, Oxford, (1986), Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, West Berlin (1983), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA (1977-1978), Stanford University, CA, USA (1973-1974) and at the University of Stockholm, Sweden (1972).

Professor Kania has participated in numerous research projects, among others:

  • “European Values Study” (EVS) – Head of the Polish group: National Program Director (1988-2014);
  • “New Democracy and Local Governance” (DLG) based in Honolulu and Philadelphia – member of the DLG Steering Committee (1990-2012)
  • “National Stereotypes in the Polish Society”- Principal investigator (1986-1991)
  • “Moral Orientations and Political Attitudes” – Principal investigator (1986-1990)
  • “Concept of Justice and Legitimation Crisis in Poland” – Principal investigator (1985)
  • “International Study of Values in Politics”, based in Philadelphia – member of the Polish group (1966-1971)

Professor Kania has been author, editor, and co-author of 12 books and over 100 articles published in Polish and foreign journals and books. The most important recent publications include:

Legami fragili (Co-author with Zygmunt Bauman). Carpi: festivalfilosofia, 2014.

Wartości i zmiany. Przemiany postaw Polaków w jednoczącej się Europie (Values and Changes. Poles’ Changing Attitudes in Uniting Europe). Editor and contributor. Warsaw: Scholar, 2012.

“Tolerance in Poland” (Co-author with A. Grzymała-Kazłowska). Academia. The Magazine of the Polish Academy of Science. Vol. 29, No.1, 2011.

“Poles’ Values”. Academia. The Magazine of the Polish Academy of Science. Vol. 23, No.3, 2009.

Ethnic Exclusion in Poland. International Journal of Sociology, (Guest Editor with S. Łodzinski) Vol. 39, No.3, Fall 2009.

Aggressors, Victims, and Trauma in Collective Memory. International Journal of Sociology, (Guest Editor with P. H. Kosicki) Vol. 37, No.1, Spring 2007.

Changing Identities of Europeans. International Journal of Sociology, (Guest Editor) Vol.35, No. 4. Winter 2005-6. New York: M.E.Sharpe;

Współczesne teorie socjologiczne (Modern Sociological Theories. Readings). Co-editor with L. Nijakowski, J. Szacki, M. Ziółkowski, and contributor. Warsaw: Scholar 2006.

Poles Among Europeans. Co-editor with M. Marody and contributor. Warsaw, 2004.

“Voluntary Organizations and the Development of Civil Society” (Co-author with J. Bartkowski). In: W. Arts and L. Halman (eds.) European Values at the Turn of Millennium. Leiden: Brill, 2004.

Trudne sąsiedztwa. Z socjologii konfliktów narodowościowych (Difficult Neighbors. Studies in Sociology of National Conflicts). Editor and contributor. Warszawa: 2001. Wiek wielkich przemian (Age of Great Changes). Co-editor with M. Dobroczyński and contributor. Warszawa-Toruń, 2001.

Stereotypy i przesądy. Uwarunkowania psychologiczne i kulturowe (Stereotypes and Prejudice: Psychological and Cultural Determinants). Co-editor with M. Kofta and contributor. Warszawa: Scholar, 2001.

“Poland: The ‘Christ’ of Nations”. In: L. Hagendoorn, G. Csepeli, H. Dekker, and R. Farnen (eds.) European Nations and Nationalism: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000, 281-306.

“Dimensions of Central- and East-European Local Political Leaders’ Identity: Local – National – Global”. Nationalism & Ethnic Politics. Vol.5, No. 2, Summer 1999. London, UK: A Frank Cass Journal.

Power and Social Structure. Co-editor with M. L. Kohn and K. M. Słomczynski. Warszawa: Warsaw University Press, 1999.


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