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OC_1: Opening Ceremony 1: Opening Plenary - (Un)Making Capitalism
Tuesday, 29/Aug/2017:
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Session Chair: Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster
Location: Megaron
MEGARON - The Athens Concert Hall Vas. Sofias Ave. & Kokkali St, 11521, Athens, Greece
Opening Plenary with David Harvey and Eva Illouz

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When Money Betrays Value

David Harvey

City University of New York, United States of America

Chinese policy makers rate August 15th 1971 as one of the most important dates in world history. On that day President Nixon announced that the peg of the dollar to gold (at $35 an ounce) was to be broken, thus breaching the dialectical relation that had long built up within capitalism between social labour and its representation in the material form of the money commodities. This set in train a shift in the historical and geographical development of capitalism that brought a strange mix of excessive though often spectacular urban development and violent dispossessions, extractions and repressions that constitute our present reality, explaining why we are more and more focused on building cities for people, institutions and even governments to invest in rather than cities for all to live in.


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 and in the advancement of geographical and spatial analysis in Marxist and critical analysis. He is the author of books such as “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. Among his other books are “A Companion to Marx’s Capital”, “A Short History of Neoliberalism”, “The New Imperialism”, “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.

Evaluation, Valuation, and Devaluation: Sexuality and the Techno-Capitalist Self

Eva Illouz

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

This presentation wants to show how the three main activities of the capitalist economy – evaluation, valuation and devaluation – have been transferred into the realm of sexuality.


Eva Illouz has been Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem since 2006 and a Directeur d'Etudes 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 books such as “Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism” (Honorable Mention for the Best Book Award, American Sociological Association, 2000), “Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism” (2007), “Saving the Modern Soul Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help” (2008), “Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation” (Best Book Award, Alpine Philosophy Society in France, 2012), “Hard-Core Romance: Fifty Shades of Grey” (2014). Professor Illouz was the first woman President of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem.

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