Invited Speakers

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and author of various books, articles, and lectures that have been prominent in the development of modern geography as a discipline. He is the author of “Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism” and “The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism”, which was one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2011. Other books include “A Companion to Marx’s Capital”, “Limits to Capital”, and “Social Justice and the City”. Professor Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital for nearly 40 years. He was director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY from 2008 to 2014.

David Harvey

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography, CUNY
Margaret Abraham is Professor of Sociology and was the Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives at Hofstra University, New York (2008-2015). She is the current President of the International Sociological Association (ISA). She is the author of “Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States” and the co-editor of “Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practices of Citizenship”; “Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action” and “Interrogating Gender, Violence, and the State in National and Transnational Contexts”. Professor Abraham brings an intersectional lens to her work, using feminist theory and practice in her research and in her advocacy for social justice.

Margaret Abraham

Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University/President of ISA
Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute since 2003. She is on leave of absence from the University of Florence (UniFI), where she was full Professor of Political Science. She coordinated the EC funded (FP6) project DEMOS (Democracy in Europe and the Mobilisation of the Society) and she directed the Research Group on Collective Action in Europe (GRACE). Among her recent books are “Social Movements in Times of Austerity” and “Can Democracy Be Saved?: Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements”. Professor della Porta is known for her research in the areas of social movements, corruption, political violence, police and policies of public order.

Donatella della Porta

Professor of Sociology, EUI/Professor of Political Science, UniFI
Yanis Varoufakis is Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens with academic experience in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. He was a member of the Greek Parliament (01-09/2015) and he held the position of Minister of Finance. His latest books are “And The Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability” and “The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy”. He challenges the mainstream notions of economic theory arguing that after the financial crash of 2008 we need a radically new way of thinking about the economy, finance and capitalism. Professor Varoufakis participates in the debates on the global and European crisis and is a co-founder of DiEM25.


Professor of Economics, University of Athens/Co-founder of DiEM25