Hamburger Edition mourns the loss of Zygmunt Bauman

It is with greatness sadness that we learned that our author Zygmunt Bauman died today at the age of ninety-one in Leeds. We mourn the loss of an outstanding sociologist and pioneering thinker in the social sciences.

In an essay on Zygmunt Bauman and his work that was published in German on the online platform Soziopolis and in the journal »Mittelweg 36«, Wolfgang Knöbl, director of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, wrote:

»Zygmunt Bauman is one of a the generation of Eastern European intellectuals who personally experienced the great catastrophes of the twentieth century. For them, sociology was not a career; it was a rather late ›calling‹ that came to them as a result of highly complex and in most cases tragic life circumstances.«

A brief biographical note on Zygmunt Bauman and a list of his works that have been published in German translation by Hamburger Edition is available here.

Christian Teichmann Selected for the Hannah Arendt Prize 2016

Historian Christian Teichmann has been selected as the recipient of the Hannah Arendt Prize 2016 for »his outstanding research on the history and structures of Soviet rule in Central Asia under Stalin.« The international jury noted in its announcement that Teichmann, with his historical study »Macht der Unordnung«, has presented a new approach in historical scholarship on totalitarian systems. We congratulate our author.

The Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought is awarded by the City of Bremen and the Heinrich Böll Foundation to individuals who »venture into the public sphere« with their interventions. The honor comes with ten thousand euros prize money and will be presented at a public ceremony in the City of Bremen's town hall on 2 December 2016.

Read more about Christian Teichmann and his book.

Book about Police Violence in the US Awarded Translation Grant Geisteswissenschaften International

Silvan Niedermeier's book »Rassismus und Bürgerrechte. Polizeifolter im Süden der USA 1930-1955« [Racism and Civil Rights: Police Torture in the American South, 1930–1955] has been honored as one of eighteen books by the program Geisteswissenschaften International this fall. An independent jury selects outstanding books from the humanities and social that are granted complete funding of the German-to-English translation. The English edition of Niedermeier's book will be published by University of North Carolina Press.

Niedermeier, a historian at the University of Erfurt, examined a to-date neglected chapter of violence against Black Americans: the torture of suspects held in prisons and police stations in the South. His account also relates how the NAACP campaigned to end these practices and how US federal authorities also addressed these abuses.

The list of all books selected this fall by the Geisteswissenschaften International program can be found here.
Read more (in English) about Silvan Niedermeier's book.

Heinz Bude Recipient of DGS Prize for Public Sociology 2016

We congratulate our author Heinz Bude, who has been selected as the recipient of the German Sociological Association's (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, DGS) prize for outstanding achievements in public sociology for 2016.

The award will be presented on 26 September 2016 at the opening ceremony of the 38th DGS Congress, which is taking place at the University of Bamberg from 26 to 30 September. Georg Vobruba will hold the award presentation speech. Further information on the award ceremony is available in German here.

Read more about Heinz Bude and his books published by Hamburger Edition