Plenary Sessions and Speakers


Tuesday, 29 August 2017 | 18:00 – 19:30 | Opening Plenary with David Harvey and Silvia Federici


David Harvey | Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography, CUNY

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.


Silvia Federici | Professor Emerita & Teaching Fellow, Hofstra University

Silvia Federici is Professor Emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University. As a social sciences scholar, she has written books and essays on philosophy and feminist theory, women’s history, education and culture, the worldwide struggle against capitalist globalization and the feminist reconstruction of the commons. Her landmark book “Caliban and the Witch” demonstrated the inextricable link between anti-capitalism and radical feminist politics. She was one of the co-founders of the International Feminist Collective that launched the international campaign for Wages For Housework (WFH). Professor Federici worked as a teacher in Nigeria and is the co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa.



Wednesday, 30 August 2017 | 20:00 – 21:30 | Special Evening with Yanis Varoufakis and Donatella della Porta


Yanis Varoufakis | Professor of Economics, University of Athens/Co-founder of DiEM25

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.


Donatella della Porta | Professor of Sociology, EUI/Professor of Political Science, UniFI

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.



Friday, 1 September 2017 | 18:00 – 19:30 | Closing Plenary with Eva Illouz and Hartmut Rosa


Eva Illouz | Professor of Sociology, Hebrew University in Jerusalem & EHESS

Eva Illouz has been Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem since 2006 and at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris since 2015. She researches how emotional life has been transformed by capitalism and by the culture of modernity. Her studies on emotions, consumer society and media culture are regarded as milestones in the study of emotions and relations in the modern world. She is the author of “Consuming the Romantic Utopia” (Honorable Mention for the Best Book Award, American Sociological Association, 2000) and “Why Love Hurts” (Best Book Award, Alpine Philosophy Society in France, 2012). Professor Illouz was the first woman President of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem.


Hartmut Rosa | Professor of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany. He has worked with the New School for Social Research in New York and the Universities of Augsburg, Duisburg-Essen and Manheim. His research interests are the sociology of time and identity formation and he is considered to be a leading representative of the new critical theory. He is the author of “Social Acceleration”, “High Speed Society, Social Acceleration, Power, and Modernity” and “Acceleration: Towards a Critical Theory of Late Modern Temporality“. Professor Rosa is co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Time & Society.



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