Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

AISSR Great Thinkers Seminar Series

During this new 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.

  • Pierre Bourdieu

    YouTube: Giselinde Kuipers presents Pierre Bourdieu

    This lecture presents a brief introduction to the life and work of Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002).

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  • Stuart Hall

    YouTube: Rivke Jaffe presents the work of Stuart Hall

    Prof. Rivke Jaffe introduces the work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall, discussing on his seminal work on the relations between politics and culture.

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  • flickr

    YouTube: Marieke de Goede presents the work of Michel Foucault

    Michel Foucault (1926-1984) – a doctor’s son, a fighter for prisoner and migrant rights, former head of the philosophy Department at the experimental University of Vincennes – is well known for his original work on power and knowledge. He was a ...

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  • Karl Polanyi

    YouTube: Brian Burgoon presents Karl Polanyi

    Why is the work of Karl Polanyi still relevant today, not just for political scientists but also for sociologist, historians and economists? You can now watch the YouTube video of Brian Burgoon, Professor of International and Comparative ...

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  • Karl Marx

    YouTube: Ewald Engelen presents Karl Marx

    Financial Geographer Ewald Engelen traces the renewed relevance of the writings of Karl Marx. He will also discuss what Marx failed to tell us.

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  • Mary Douglas

    YouTube: Ria Reis presents Mary Douglas

    In 1949 Mary Douglas, then 28 years old, started her lifelong search for a sociological theory of meaning. A theory to help understand how in specific ecological and historical contexts people, simultaneously create particular patterns of society ...

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  • Hannah Arendt

    YouTube: Barak Kalir presents Hannah Arendt

    At a time when the world takes a sharp turn to the right, and as millions of people escape their state in search of refuge in Europe and elsewhere, revisiting the work of Hannah Arendt could hardly be more timely for an exploration of themes such ...

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  • Adam Smith

    YouTube: Geoffrey Underhill presents the work of Adam Smith

    Professor Geoffrey Underhill presents the work of Adam Smith. Adam Smith (1723 -1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. During his lecture Underhill will explore the ...

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  • Amartya Sen

    YouTube: Nicky Pouw presents the work of Amartya Kumar Sen

    Dr Nicky Pouw presents the work of Amartya Kumar Sen (1933-), Indian philosopher and economist and Nobel Prize winner for his theoretical contributions to the ethics of economics and his life-long work on poverty and famines.

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