Social Relations of the Capitalocene:Work, Value(s) and Personhood Below the Commanding Heights
“Social Relations of the Capitalocene: Work, Value(s) and Personhood Below the Commanding Heights,” was the last major Workshop of Chris Hann’s ERC project “Realising Eurasia: Civilization and Moral Economy in the 21st Century”. Organised by Hann and project coordinator Lale Yalçın-Heckmann  and taking place on 23-25 January 2019, the goal on this occasion was to draw out some of the larger implications of the empirical and theoretical research carried out in the team since 2014.
The first keynote speaker Gareth Dale emphasized the novelty of capitalist temporality in world history. Polanyi’s mantle was adopted more explicitly by the other keynote speakers, Ayşe Buğra (Boğaziçi, Istanbul) and Mark Harvey (Essex). The former applied the Polanyian notion of reciprocity to shed light on contemporary state-business relations in Turkey. Harvey questioned how any economy could possibly be described as disembedded. more

Project publications

Chris Hann


Hann, Chris. 2020. In search of civil society: from peasant populism to postpeasant illiberalism in provincial Hungary. Social Science Information 59(3): 459–483. DOI:


Hann, Chris. 2019. Zsákutcából zsákutcába? A rendszerváltás Kiskunhalason; Polányi szemével. Eszmélet 123: 55–65.
Hann, Chris. 2019. Resilience and transformation in provincial political economy: from market socialism to market populism in Hungary, 1970s–2010s. Cargo (1-2): 1–23.


Hann, Chris. 2018. Eurasian dynamics: from agrarian axiality to the connectivities of the Capitalocene. Comparativ 28(4): 14–27.
Hann, Chris. 2018. Moral(ity and) economy: work, workfare, and fairness in provincial Hungary. Archives Européennes de Sociologie 59(2): 225–254. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2020. Marketization and development on a European periphery: from peasant oikos to socialism and neoliberal capitalism on the Danube-Tisza interfluve. Environment and Planning A 52(1): 200–215. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2018. John Rankine Goody, 1919-2015. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy XVI: 456–481.
Hann, Chris. 2018. Ritual and economy: from mutual embedding to non-profit festivalisation in provincial Hungary. Lietuvos Etnologija 18(27): 9–34.
Arnason, Jóhann and Chris Hann (eds.). 2018. Anthropology and civilizational analysis: Eurasian explorations. SUNY Series: Pangaea II; Global/Local Studies. Albany: SUNY Press.


Hann, Chris. 2017. Multiscalar narrative identities: individual and nation, Europe and Eurasia. Politeja 49: 15–36. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2017. Long live Eurasian civ!: towards a new confluence of anthropology and world history. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 142(2): 225–244.
Hann, Chris. 2017. Embeddedness and effervescence: political economy and community sociality through a century of transformations in rural Hungary. Ethnologie Française 3(167): 543–553.
Hann, Chris. 2017. Making sense of Eurasia: reflections on Max Weber and Jack Goody. New Literary History 48(4): 685–699. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2017. Eurázsia ma: Kínai biciklik, német autók és vidéki magyar közösségek. Eszmélet 116: 151–166.


Hann, Chris. 2016. The Anthropocene and anthropology: micro and macro perspectives. European Journal of Social Theory 20(1): 183–196. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2016. Jack Goody (1919-2015) obituary. American Anthropologist 118(1): 226–229. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2016. A concept of Eurasia. Current Anthropology 57(1): 1–10. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2016. Cucumbers and courgettes: rural workfare and the new double movement in Hungary. Intersections 2(2): 38–56. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2016. Overheated underdogs: civilizational analysis and migration on the Danube-Tisza interfluve. History and Anthropology 27(5): 602–616. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2016. Postsocialist populist malaise: the elections of 2014 and the return to political monopoly in rural Hungary. In: Elena Soler and Luis Calvo (eds.). Transiciones culturales: perspectivas desde Europa central y del este. Biblioteca de dialectología y tradiciones populares 54. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, pp. 25–45.
Hann, Chris. 2016. The Anthropocene and anthropology: micro and macro perspectives. European Journal of Social Theory 20(1): 183–196. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2016. The moral dimension of economy: work, workfare, and fairness in provincial Hungary. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Papers 174. Halle/Saale: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.


Hann, Chris. 2015. Declining Europe: a reply to Alessandro Testa. Anthropology of East Europe Review 33(2): 89–93.
Hann, Chris. 2015. The fragility of Europe's Willkommenskultur. Anthropology Today 31(6): 1–2. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2015. The new Völkerwanderungen: Hungary and Germany, Europe and Eurasia. focaal Blog.

Matthijs Krul

Krul, Matthijs. 2018. The new institutionalist economic history of Douglass C. North: a critical interpretation. Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Krul, Matthijs. 2016. Institutions and the challenge of Karl Polanyi: economic anthropology after the neoinstitutionalist turn. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Papers 168. Halle/Saale: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Sylvia Terpe

Terpe, Sylvia. 2018. Working with Max Weber’s ‘spheres of life’: an actor-centred approach. Journal of Classical Sociology: 1–21. DOI:
Terpe, Sylvia. 2016. Max Weber's 'spheres of life': a tool for micro-sociological analysis. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Papers 179. Halle/Saale: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Lale Yalçın-Heckmann

Heady, Patrick and Lale Yalçın-Heckmann. 2020. Implications of endogamy in the southwest Eurasian highlands: another look at Jack Goody’s theory of production, property and kinship. History and Anthropology 31(2): 257–281. DOI:
Yalçın-Heckmann, Lale. 2019. Pecunia non olet but does rose money smell?: on rose oil prices and moral economy in Isparta, Turkey. In: Peter Luetchford and Giovanni Orlando (eds.). The politics and ethics of the just price: ethnographies of market exchange. Research in Economic Anthropology 39. Bingley: Emerald, pp. 71–90.
Yalçın-Heckmann, Lale. 2016. Pecunia non olet but does rose money smell? On rose and rose oil prices and moral economy in Isparta. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Papers 178. Halle/Saale: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.


Anne-Erita G. Berta

Berta, Anne-Erita G. 2019. Entrepreneurs against the market: morality, hard work, and capitalism in Aarhusian independent businesses. PhD Thesis, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale.

Laura Hornig

Hornig, Laura. 2019. On money and Mettā: economy and morality in urban buddhist Myanmar. PhD Thesis, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale.

Daria Tereshina

Tereshina, Daria. 2019. Managing firms and families: small businesses in provincial Russia in times of flexible accumulation. PhD Thesis, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale.

Other publications relevant to the project

Chris Hann


Hann, Chris. 2017. The human economy of pálinka in Hungary: a case study in longue durée lubrication. In: David Henig and Nicolette Makovicky (eds.). Economies of favour after socialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 117–139.
Hann, Chris and Ildikó Bellér-Hann. 2017. Magic, science, and religion in Eastern Xinjiang. In: Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Birgit N. Schlyter, and Jun Sugawara (eds.). Kashgar revisited: Uyghur studies in memory of Ambassador Gunnar Jarring. Brill's Inner Asian Library 34. Leiden; Boston: Brill, pp. 256–275.


Hann, Chris. 2016. Eurovision identities: or, how many collective identities can one anthropologist possess? In: Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Elisabeth Schober (eds.). Identity destabilised: living in an overheated world. London: Pluto Press, pp. 240–249.


Hann, Chris. 2015. After ideocracy and civil society: Gellner, Polanyi and the new peripheralization of Central Europe. Thesis Eleven 128(1): 41–55. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2015. Backwardness revisited: time, space, and civilization in rural Eastern Europe. Comparative Studies in Society and History 57(4): 881–911. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2015. Carpathian Rusyns: an unresolved problem for Eurasia in the heart of the European macro-region. In: Valerii Padiak and Patricia A. Krafcik (eds.). A jubilee collection: essays in honor of Paul Robert Magocsi on his 70th birthday. Uzhhorod; Prešov; New York: Valerii Padiak Publishers, pp. 247–257.
Hann, Chris. 2015. Goody, Polanyi and Eurasia: an unfinished project in comparative historical economic anthropology. History and Anthropology 26(3): 308–320. DOI:
Hann, Chris. 2015. (Kultur-)Kämpfe der Gegenwart: Deutschland, Ukraine, Europa, Eurasien. In: Ingo Schneider and Martin Sexl (eds.). Das Unbehagen an der Kultur. Hamburg: Argument Verlag, pp. 157–179.
Hann, Chris. 2015. Minderheiten, Mehrsprachigkeit und Kofferpacken im 20. Jahrhundert: in Osteuropa und anderswo. In: Dietmar Müller and Adamantios Skordos (eds.). Leipziger Zugänge zur rechtlichen, politischen und kulturellen Verflechtungsgeschichte Ostmitteleuropas: [anlässlich des 60. Geburtstages von Stefan Troebst]. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, pp. 279–290.
Hann, Chris, Wu, Xiujie (tran.). 2015. 人类学的缺位: 关于市场, 社会, 历史与人类学定位的思考 [The theft of anthropology: selected contributions on post-socialist transformation from anthropological perspectives]. Beijing: Minzu University Press.
Hann, Chris. 2015. Ungarn: ein Land Mitteleuropas oder Mitteleurasiens? In: Johann P. Arnason, Petr Hlaváček, and Štefan Troebst (eds.). Mitteleuropa?: zwischen Realität, Chimäre und Konzept. Europaeana Pragensia 7. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická Fakulta: Filosofia, pp. 115–131.
Hann, Chris. 2015. Why postimperial trumps postsocialist: crying back the national past in Hungary. In: Olivia Angé and David Berliner (eds.). Anthropology and nostalgia. New York: Berghahn, pp. 96–122.
Hann, Chris. 2015. Wo und wann war Eurasien?: kontrastierende Geschichtskonstruktionen auf kontinentaler Ebene. In: Jürgen Heyde, Karsten Holste, Dietlind Hüchtker, Yvonne Kleinmann, and Katrin Steffen (eds.). Dekonstruieren und doch erzählen: polnische und andere Geschichten. Göttingen: Wallstein, pp. 285–292.
Hann, Chris and László Kürti. 2015. Agrarian ideology and local governance: continuities in postsocialist Hungary. In: Adam Bedřich and Tomáš Retka (eds.). Knight from Komárov: to Petr Skalník for his 70th birthday. Praha: AntropoWeb, pp. 93–115.

Sylvia Terpe

Terpe, Sylvia. 2016. Epistemic feelings in moral experiences and moral dynamics of everyday life. Digithum (18): 5–12. DOI:
Terpe, Sylvia and Jennifer Röwenkamp. 2016. Moral in Kindheit und Jugend: eine kritische Diskussion des "Happy Victimizer"-Phänomens aus Weberianischer Perspektive. In: Christine Steiner and Andreas Lange (eds.). Handbuch der Kindheits- und Jugendsoziologie. Springer Reference. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 1–15.

Lale Yalçın-Heckmann

Yalçın-Heckmann, Lale. 2014. Informal economy writ large and small: from Azerbaijani herb traders to Moscow shop owners. In: Jeremy Morris and Abel Polese (eds.). The informal post-socialist economy: embedded practices and livelihoods. Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series 50. London: Routledge, pp. 165–186.
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