The Rafael del Pino Foundation organised, on 4 February 2014 at 7 p.m., the Keynote Lecture by Zygmunt Bauman "Economy and society in a liquid world". The lecture was followed by a dialogue between Professor Bauman and the sociologist and political scientist Víctor Pérez Díaz.
Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. Throughout his prolific and extensive academic career he has taught at other universities such as Warsaw, Tel Aviv and The London School of Economics. His vision of sociology calls for a less descriptive and more reflexive role. His contributions to the conceptualisation of postmodernity, which he calls "liquid modernity", have been collected in various essays for which he has received international recognition.
Professor Bauman was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Science in 1992 and the Theodor W. Adorno Award in 1998. He also received, together with Alain Touraine, the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities in 2010. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
Zygmunt Bauman's oeuvre comprises 57 books and more than 100 essays, including titles such as Does the Wealth of the Few Benefit Us All?; Culture in the World of Liquid Modernity; Liquid Surveillance; On Education in a Liquid World; 44 Letters from the Liquid World; Liquid Art; Liquid Fear. Contemporary Society and its Fears; Liquid Times; Liquid Life; Liquid Love; and Liquid Modernity.
Víctor Pérez-Díaz holds a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University, as well as a PhD in Law and Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Academia Europaea and President of Analistas Socio-Políticos. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Rafael del Pino Foundation.