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In following the policy of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), this event has been cancelled due to recent measures being implemented to prevent the further spreading of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Event details of [CANCELLED] Who becomes a 'victim' and how?
Date 24 March 2020
Time 18:00 -21:00

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This third seminar in the "Making sense of mass violence" series will focus on the 'victim.' Who is the 'victim'? Is this a self-evident or a contested status? How do specific groups become victims of violence and mass extermination? Through prejudice and discrimination? Through other mechanisms? What is the role of the political/mediatic discourse of the time? What role does the (lack of) access to (economic, cultural, social) resources play in determining the group’s likelihood to becoming a victim of mass violence?  What role do the feelings of “injustice” and “undeservedness” of the group’s access to certain valued resources play in the processes of victimization? What is the emotional dynamic of targeting and becoming a victim?

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Abram de Swaan is an essayist, sociologist and professor emeritus at the University of Amsterdam. In 1996, he became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most important recent book is The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder (Yale University Press, 2015). His full bio can be found at 
Location: Room 1.02
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113
Amsterdam 1098XG
Convenors: Dr. Erica Pasini & Dr. Maxim Kupovykh