Saskia Sassen is a world-renowned sociologist and economist, currently holding the Professorship of Sociology and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University (US). On 9 April, the Centre for the Humanities and Hacking Habitat organise a seminar with Sassen, based on her latest book: Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy.
Intensive Seminar: Expulsions in the Time of Global Economy
Today’s socioeconomic and environmental dislocations cannot be fully understood in the usual terms of poverty and injustice, according to Saskia Sassen. They are more accurately understood as a type of expulsion — from professional livelihood, from living space, even from the very biosphere that makes life possible. Providing a much-needed update of our understanding of economics for the 21st century, Saskia Sassen illuminates the systemic logic of these expulsions.
Prof. Rosi Braidotti will chair the seminar, which is aimed at scholars, PhD and advanced Master students. Participants of the seminar will have a chance to discuss the main lines of Sassen’s argument and raise questions that they will have prepared in advance, based on the reading material and their own research interests.
Saskia Sassen's research and writing focuses on globalisation (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. She is an author of books such as Cities in a World Economy (2011), Losing control? Sovereignty in An Age of Globalization (1996), Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2006), Globalization and its Discontents (1998), Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (2014), and she is also famous for having coined the term ‘global city’.