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Abram de Swaan will deliver this Who's in Town lecture on Tuesday 17 May from 18.00 to 19.30 in Room 1.02 and online via Zoom.

Event details of WiT: Abram de Swaan "Mass Murder and Mass Murderers: Some Explanations'" [Hybrid event]
Date 17 May 2022
Time 18:00 -19:30
Location Amsterdam University College (AUC)
Room Room 1.02


Mass violence, such as genocide, is all too often considered a consequence of the depravity at the core of human nature. Perpetrators are presented as ordinary persons (‘just like you and me’) committing extraordinary evil under extraordinary circumstances. But the concept of the ‘compartmentalising process’ leading up to and sustaining such extreme and massive violence helps to explain the phenomenon more adequately.


Professor Abram de Swaan is emeritus University Professor of Social Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where he has taught Sociology, as Full Professor, since 1973. He served as co-founder and chairman of the Amsterdam School for Social Research (1987-2010). In addition to receiving numerous awards, he has been a columnist for NRC Handelsblad and lectured at Cornell University, Columbia University, the Sorbonne and the Collège de France. His most recent publications include The Killing Compartments; On the Mentality of Mass Murder (2015); Tegen de Vrouwen; De wereldwijde strijd van rechtsisten en jihadisten tegen de emancipatie and, most recently, La Société Transnationale (Seuil, 2022).


Dr. Maxim Kupovykh


Room 1.02

Zoom link

Amsterdam University College (AUC)

Room Room 1.02

Science Park 113
1098 XG Amsterdam