University of Amsterdam | Abram de Swaan presents Sigmund Freud | AISSR Great Thinkers Series
'The uses of Freud for social science: a personal account', 20 november, 2018
Anthropologists and sociologists usually quote Sigmund Freud’s works on culture, religion and art, civilization and its discontents being the most important among them.
But Freud was, of course, also a practician who applied his own invention, ’the talking cure’: psychoanalytic therapy. And he was one of the great connaisseurs of the human psyche.
These more mundane and clinical aspects of Freud’s work even today have great practical implications for social science. Most useful for empirical work are his central concepts of ’transference’ and ‘countertransference’, as well as ‘repression’ and ‘defense’. All these notions have been transformed since Freud first proposed and applied them. In this presentation, De Swaan discusses how some kindred authors used Freud’s ideas and methods and how De Swaan went about it in his own work (especially on genocidal perpetrators).
Abram de Swaan, 2018, Before the catastroph [Før katastrofen]
In: Anders Jericho and Cecile Felicia Stokholm Banke (eds.) Pre-Genocide; Warnings and Readiness to Protect, [Advarsler før folkedrab] Humanity in Action (Denmark), 2018; (Original Edition, Columbus 2018)
Presented at the Pre-Genocide - Warnings and Readiness to Protect Conference. Humanity in Action, 'Sinatur' Lyngby, Denmark, September 26 - 28, 2018
Genocides do not happen out of the blue. This conference focusses on the periods before the Holocaust and the Genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Rwanda and Bosnia. What are the lessons learned? Is the world better prepared today?
Abram de Swaan, 2016, Anti-israeli enthusiasms and the tragedy of blind process.
[Published in French as: Les enthousiasmes anti-israéliens: la tragédie d'un processus aveugle. Raisons politiques, Nov. 2004, pp. 105-124. Published in Dutch as: Anti-israëlische enthousiasmes en de tragedie van het blind proces. De Gids, 168, nr. 5, Mei 2005, pp. 349-368.]
Abram de Swaan. Diviser pour tuer. Les régimes génocidaires et leurs hommes de main. Traduit par Bertrand Abraham. Paris, Éditions du Seuil,2016. [Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015]
Abram De Swaan. Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. Reviewed by David Simon (Yale University). Published on H-Diplo (October, 2015). H-net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences
'Genocidi, il male non è mai banale', intervista con Abram de Swaan di Guido Caserza, Il Mattino, 27-9-2015. (English summary)
De Swaan has been appointed Queen Wilhelmina Professor at Columbia University in New York during the Fall semester of 2015.He will teach a course for graduate and advanced undergraduate students on 'The Other Idea of Europe; Mass Annihilation in the 20th Century’.
The Islamic State: Humiliation, Shame, and Rage in Fundamentalism, A. de Swaan, Yale University Press, blog 25, February 2015
The Killing Compartments. The Mentality of Mass Murder (Oorspronkelijke en Engelse editie) Book reviews: The Unkindest Cut of All, by Stephen Budiansky, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 9, 2015 Genocidaires, by Glenn C. Altschuler, The Huffington Post, Jan. 21, 2015