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.