Abram de Swaan shadow

Women’s Emancipation and the Rise of Fundamentalism

Professor Abram de Swaan

October 6, 2015 · 12-1PM

Fayerweather Hall Room 411

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are an open forum for Columbia faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research with MA students and other graduate students and faculty. This stimulating discussion is open to faculty and Columbia University graduate students only. No registration is required.

About the speaker

Abram De Swaan (1942) is Emeritus Distinguished Research professor (University Professor) for Social Science at the University of Amsterdam and held the chair of sociology from 1973 until 2001. He was co-founder and dean of the Amsterdam School for Social Research (1987-1997) and afterwards its chairman until 2010.
He studied at Amsterdam University (1959-1965), and as a Harkness Fellow at Yale University (1966-67) and the University of California Berkeley (1967-‘68) In 1973, De Swaan obtained his Ph. D. degree (with highest honours) at the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation on Coalition theories and cabinet formations which earned him the 1976 biennial award for the social sciences from the Holland Society of Science.

De Swaan was the recipient of the national award for literature, the P.C. Hooft prize, for his entire essayistic oeuvre (2008), the Busken Huet essay prize of the City of Amsterdam and the annual prize of the Netherlands circle of political scientists. He is a member of several international editorial boards and of various advisory councils (a.o. Centre d’Études des Relations Internationales, CERI, Science Po, Paris). He was Grotius professor with the New School for Social Research, visiting professor at Columbia University, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris; Einaudi professor at Cornell U., European Union professor at Eötvös Loránd U. Budapest, and in 1997/’98 held the European Chair at the College de France in Paris. In the Fall of 2007 he taught at Columbia University Graduate School, New York. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences since 1996, and since 2000 of the Academia Europaea (London). He became a member of the Academia Europea de Yuste (Spain) in 2001 and was its director from 2004 to 2010.

De Swaan has published numerous articles in scientific journals, cultural reviews and newspapers in the Netherlands and the USA. He published in English a.o. In care of the state; Health care, education and welfare in Europe and the USA in the Modern Era. Cambridge UK: Polity Press/Blackwell, 1988; (translations in Dutch, German, Spanish and French), and: The Management of Normality; Critical Essays in Health and Welfare. Routledge, London/New York, 1990; Words of the world; The global language system. Cambridge UK: Polity Press/Blackwell, 2001 (transl. in Dutch, Hungarian, Chinese, Turkish and Arabic) and Human societies, An Introduction. Cambridge UK: Polity Press/Blackwell, 2001 (transl. from Dutch, and transl. in Danish and Swedish). He recently completed a book on mass extermination in the 20thcentury: The Killing Compartments; The mentality of mass murder. (Yale U.P. 2015; Dutch ed.: Prometheus, 2014; Fr.ed. éds du Seuil, jan 2016; Turkish, Italian and Spanish editions to appear).

Special thanks to our host CGT member Adam Tooze and the Department of History.

Lunchtime Seminar

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are an open forum for Columbia faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research with MA students and other graduate students and faculty. This stimulating discussion is open to faculty and Columbia University graduate students only. No registration is required.

Below is the schedule for Fall 2015. The seminar takes place on Tuesdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall Room 411. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

Fall 2015 Schedule

September 15

Akeel Bilgrami: "The Enlightenment, Enchantment, and the Mentality of Democracy"

October 6

Abram de Swaan: "Women’s Emancipation and the Rise of Fundamentalism"

October 13

Csaba Békés: "Political Transition in East-Central Europe and the End of the Cold War, 1988-1991"

October 20

Pratap Bhanu Mehta: "The Identity of Modern Indian Political Thought"

October 27

Michael Doyle: “The Question of Intervention”

November 10

Partha Chatterjee: "The Legacy of Bandung”

December 1

Amber Miller: "Title" TBD