Abram de Swaan
Abram de Swaan was awarded the prestigious position of University Professor of Social Science at the University of Amsterdam in 2001, where he is now emeritus professor. His many teaching appointments included the Collège de France in Paris and Columbia University in New York. De Swaan’s most successful books include In Care of the State, Words of the World, and The Killing Compartments, all published in English editions. His writings have been translated into twelve languages. He was a columnist for the national newspaper NRC Handelsblad for many years and won the prestigious P.C. Hooft Prize in 2008 for his oeuvre.