Visual Cultures Lecture Series – Saskia Sassen

17 February 2015 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free admission, booking required.

The lecture is now fully booked. You are more than welcome to come by on the day - If so, please arrive early - there is no guarantee of seated space. A screen will be placed outside the lecture theatre in the hall to allow extra audience to watch the talk. It will be broadcast live on this is tomorrow.

For this Visual Cultures Lecture, the RCA School of Fine Art is pleased to welcome Saskia Sassen. Sassen will present: Systemic Edges as Spaces of Conceptual Invisibility. 'The language of more – more inequality, more poverty, more imprisonment, more dead land and dead water, and so on-- is insufficient to mark the proliferation of extreme versions of familiar conditions.'

In the talk Sassen will argue that we are seeing a proliferation of systemic edges which, once crossed, render these extreme conditions invisible. She will focus on this interplay between extreme moment and the shift from visible to invisible - the capacity of a complex system to generate invisibilities no matter how material the condition.' The talk is based on her latest publication: Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity (Harvard University Press 2014). 

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S Lynd Professor of Sociology and Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University ( Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization(W.W.Norton 2007), and the fourth fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Among older books is The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991/2001). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy-2011, Top 100 Thought Leaders by GDI-MIT 2012 and 2013, Top 50 Global Thinkers Prospect Magazine 2014, receiving the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences, and elected to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands.

Introduction by Maja Absa Ngom currently studying at the RCA School of Fine Art.


  • Endless City

    Saskia Sassen