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.