31 MARCH - 01 APRIL 2014
Abram de Swaan
Abram de Swaan (Amsterdam, January 8, 1942) is emeritus University Professor of social science (universiteitshoogleraar) at the University of Amsterdam, where he has been professor of sociology since 1973. He was dean of the Amsterdam School of Social science Research since its foundation in 1987 until 1997 and has been its chairman since. He has been an editor of the general cultural review De Gids (est. 1837) from 1969 to 1991 and contributed to many cultural and professional periodicals. For many years he contributed a weekly column to the national daily NRC/Handelsblad.
In the autumn of '82 De Swaan was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York; in the Spring of 1986 he was on research leave in Florence, Italy. Early 1988 De Swaan was a visiting professor at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris; from December 1988 until August 1989 he was Grotius visiting professor USA, at the New School for Social Research in New York. During these years his interests shifted to the historical and comparative sociology of the emergence of welfare states, which resulted in a book: In care of the state, since then translated in Dutch, Spanish, German and French. This publication earned him the 1989 award ('Politicologenprijs') of the Netherlands Cercle for Political Science.
De Swaan is a member of the governing board of CERI (Centre d’études des relations internationals; École de science politique, Paris) as well as a board member of several research centres at the University of Amsterdam. He is a correspondent or member of the board of numerous foreign professional journals.
In 2006 De Swaan was decorated as a knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands. In the Fall of 2007, as a Senior Fulbright Fellow, he taught a course on Mass annihilation at Columbia University Graduate School, New York.