Wednesday 20 August 2014
2.30 – 5.00 pm
Donald Whitehead Building Room 222, La Trobe University
Pre-reading available on request (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Max Weber posed the central question: what should we do and how should we live? But from a strictly sociological point of view the question needs to be modified to: what do we do and how do we live? In the course of his work Keith Tester has sought to explore those questions. He has focused on the questions of what it means to live with moral certainty, what it means to try to act morally in relation to distant suffering and, underpinning all of this, what thinkers can help us address those matters in the most appropriate ways. In recent years his work has also taken a turn towards visual culture – film and art.
Keith Tester is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hull He has also been Professor of Sociology at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. He is the author of a number of books on the sociology of culture and has written widely about – and with – Zygmunt Bauman.