Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. She is the author of several books and the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, ranging from multiple honoris causa doctorates to named lectures and being selected for various honours lists. Her current book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014).
Saskia Sassen tackles the question Who are we, the citizens? from a global perspective. She elaborates on a scenario of global developments where citizens are losing their rights and power over land and cities that should actually be theirs. An appeal to civil rights and duties, her talk informed the notion of the global citizen that Pascal Gielen ties back to examples of European and international activist movements. [Marie Eggert]