Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Great Thinkers Seminar Series

During this series AISSR faculty members present the work of a great thinker in the field of social sciences immersing us in key features of the social science canon and ‘Great Thinkers’ and to explore contributions across disciplinary lines.

The seminar consists for each thinker of a public lecture, followed by a PhD seminar on the same thinker. 

Participation and ECTS

The Great Thinkers Seminar Series are additional interdisciplinary theory training next to the AISSR Advanced Social Science Theory Course. The purpose of the series is to introduce PhD students within specific fields to key features of the social science canon and ‘Great Thinkers’ and to explore contributions across disciplinary lines. 

Like the Advanced Social Science Theory Course, the Great Thinkers Seminars are equal to 12 ECTS, when following 6 Great Thinkers. This can be done in the timespan of two years. Points might also be credited when you follow less than 6 Great Thinkers, but you should always have followed both the public lecture and PhD seminar on the same thinker, read the key readings and made the assignments.

Key readings and assignements

A short list of key readings will be announced shortly before each PhD seminar. You will be asked to make one assignment:

  • First assignment after the lecture and before the seminar: summarize in max half a page how you think the work of the Great Thinker relates to your work (or not).

Programme 2018-2019 (not complete yet)

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 15.00 Giselinde Kuipers presents the work of Pierre Bourdieu

Tuesday 20 November, 15.00 Abram de Swaan: 'How I used Sigmund Freud’

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 15.00, Beate Volker presents the work of Diego Gambetta. PhD seminar on 29 January.

Tuesday 19 March 2019, 15.00, Eric Schliesser presents the work of Ibn Khaldun. PhD seminar on 21 March.

Tuesday 14 May 2019, 15.00, Annette Freyberg-Inan presents the work of Albert Hirschman. PhD seminar on Monday 20 May.

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 15.00, Luca Bertolini presents the work of Jane Jacobs.

Programme 2017-2018

  • Joop Goudsblom presented Norbert Elias
  • Ewald Engelen presented Karl Marx
  • Annemarie Mol presented Marilyn Stathern
  • Brian Burgoon presented Karl Polanyi
  • Marieke de Goede presented Michel Foucault

Programme 2016-2017 

  • Geoffrey Underhill presented Adam Smith
  • Nicky Pouw presented Amartya Sen
  • Barak Kalir presented Hanna Arendt
  • Ria Reis presented Mary Douglas 
  • Rivke Jaffe presented Stuart Hall
  • Giselinde Kuipers presented Pierre Bourdieu

Published by  AISSR

12 November 2018