Love in the Age of Capitalism

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portland Campus
Eva Illouz
Free and open to the public. There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m.


Eva Illouz is directrice d'Etudes at the EHESS in Paris and a member of the Center of Rationality at Hebrew University where she holds the Rose Isaac Chair in Sociology. She is also a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Institute and visiting professor at the Wissenschaftzentrum in Berlin. She is a past president of the Bezalel Academy of Arts. Her research interests include sociology of culture, sociology of emotions, sociology of capitalism, and the effect of consumerism and mass media on emotional patterns. Illouz is the author of 14 books about diverse topics including romantic love, Oprah Winfrey, culture, capitalism and the crystallization of the psychological culture during the 20th century, the industry of happiness, and the impact of modernity on emotions. She has served as a member of the WissenshaftKolleg in Berlin and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton and has given honorary lectures such as the Adorno Lecture, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Annual Lecture in Israeli Studies, the Niklas Luhmann Annual Lecture, the Hedi Fritz Niggli Annual Lecture, the Jerome Nemer Annual Lecture, and the Albertus Magnus Lecture. Her books have won numerous international awards and have been translated into 25 languages. She has received three Best Book Awards from the American Sociological Association, the Annaliese Maier International Award for Excellence in Research, the EMET prize in Israel for lifetime achievement, as well as the French Legion d’Honneur for her contribution to French culture. In addition to her scholarly work, she writes for Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, and Ha’aretz on various subjects such as literature, politics, and social affairs.

Assigned Reading

Eva Illouz, The End of Love: A Sociology of Negative Relations (Oxford University Press, 2019)


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