Dr Jack Palmer

Dr Jack Palmer


I finished my PhD in the department in March 2017. I worked as a teaching fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy from September 2016. As of October 2018, I am now a research fellow and my project - Zygmunt Bauman and the West: Exile, Culture, Dialogue - is funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career award. 

Research interests

My current research project - Bauman and the West: Exile, Culture, Dialogue - is an extended study of the late sociologist Zygmunt Bauman. Specifically, it situates Bauman's life and work in relation to the idea of the West and involves an extensive treatment of three interconnected themes in Bauman’s biography and scholarship: exile, culture, and dialogue. Beyond a novel contribution to scholarship on one of the most important and influential European intellectuals of the late 20th and early 21st century, I hope that the project will also be an important intervention in an ongoing, more extensive discussion about Eurocentrism in social and political thought. 

I have an ongoing interest in theoretical debates concerning non-Western experiences, interpretations and trajectories of modernity, especially those of the societies of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. I continue to develop to work on the sociology of mass violence and conflict - in particular the conceptual, normative and empirical dimensions of genocide - and on the sociology of colonial-imperialism, decolonisation and postcolonialism.These interests are foregrounded in my first monograph, Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide, published by Routledge.

I am also interested in the historical development of sociology, in Britain and beyond, and have worked with colleages to explore the history of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. 

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Although my teaching commitments are now limited, I do continue to give guest lectures in my areas of specialist interest and contribute to dissertation supervision. 

Research groups and institutes

  • The Bauman Institute