Recently I have been doing some more work on the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and especially his engagement with Pope Francis towards the end of Bauman’s life.
Last November I published a review of Bauman’s posthumously published book Retrotopia, on the website of the academic journal Theory, Culture & Society, discussing in particularly the connection with Pope Francis.
Another review of the same book got published in the journal Utopian Studies, in which I focus on the theme of utopia/distopia.
This month I got to present something on ‘The Ethical Dimensions of the Engagement of Zygmunt Bauman with the thought of Pope Francis’ during a philosophy congress of the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Antonianum (Rome, Italy), in a session on Franciscan philosophy. During this contribution I also mentioned Pope Francis’ new book ‘God is young’, in which he also refers to the work of Zygmunt Bauman on the ‘liquid society’ in which nowadays’ youth are born and growing up.