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The mentality of mass murder

dinsdag, 5 juni, 2018 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Bachelor in Social Sciences
Lecture / Lezing

Iedereen zeer welkom op deze lezing over extreem geweld en genocide, door Prof. Abram de Swaan! De lezing kadert in het vak "Current Issues II" van de Bachelor in Social Sciences, waar dit jaar het thema "verborgen conflicten" behandeld wordt. Na de lezing opent een tentoonstelling van het werk van de studenten, bij een kleine receptie.

We invite everyone to this lecture about extreme violence and genocide, by Prof. dr. Abram the Swaan. The lecture is part of the course "Current Issues II" from the Bachelor in Social Sciences, where we focus on "hidden conflicts" this year. After the lecture an exhibition of the students' work opens, and we have a small reception.

A lecture by Prof. Dr. Abram de Swaan

An exhibition on Hidden conflicts

In the 20th century, mass violence against unarmed civilians has claimed three to four times more lives than conventional warfare: one hundred million at least, and possibly many more. From Auschwitz to Cambodia and from former Yugoslavia to Rwanda, large-scale killings have required the efforts of hundreds of thousands of perpetrators who were ready to kill, indiscriminately, for many hours a day, for days and weeks at a stretch, and sometimes for months or even years. In this lecture, Prof. Dr. Abram de Swaan (Department of Sociology – University of Amsterdam) aims to unravel the logic behind such acts of extreme violence. He argues that a more adequate understanding of mass violence pushes us beyond questions of “human nature” or psychological pathology to an analysis of the social structures that produce the “mentality of mass murder”. 
This public lecture coincides with the opening of the exhibition “Hidden Conflicts” organized by the second year students of the Bachelor in Social Sciences.

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