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Eva Illouz: Capitalist subjectivity and the internet

In her lecture, Eva Illouz takes a closer look at the dating app Tinder. In regards to how people interact with the app, she will address the notion of scopic capitalism, a form of exploitation of the (woman’s) body that is based on the gaze. The circulation of images on Tinder resonates with the cultural transformation of women’s bodies in the cultural industries throughout the 20th century. The lecture examines the formal features of the app – how they create cultural pathways for sexual encounters – and the real consequences on the emotional world of users. More generally, what does it mean to attempt to form emotions through the virtual world? Does this change love and romance and affect emotions in general? How are people engaging emotionally online? Is digital technology changing the way we experience relationships?

Eva Illouz: Capitalist subjectivity and the internet
6 March 2019 | 7 pm | doors open 6.30 pm
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1) | Stresemannstraße 29 | 10963 Berlin


Eva Illouz is Professor of Sociology at the The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Directrice of Studies at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique, CSE-EHESS in Paris. Her research and teaching focus on emotions, capitalism, culture and communication, in particular cultural aspects at the intersection of emotion and communication.



18:30  Doors open
19:00 – 19:15  Welcome and introduction
19:15 – 20:00  Capitalist subjectivity and the internet
  Eva Illouz (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
20:00 – 21:00  Moderated discussion and questions from the audience
21:00 – 22:00  Get-together


The event will be held in English and simultaneously translated into German.

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Making Sense of the Digital Society

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb are organising an academic lecture series on Making Sense of the Digital Society. The current rapid technological change creates enormous uncertainties. Overarching explanations are needed to better understand this change and shape a common future. The lecture series aims to develop a critical perspective on the current transformation process and to enter into dialogue with visionary thinkers about the digital future of society.

Dirk Baecker is going to be the next speaker of the series. He will be followed by José van Dijck and Louise Amoore.


Unfortunately the event is already fully booked. However, you can register for the waiting list using the form below. Unfortunately there will be no livestream or recording of the event. Please excuse any inconveniences due to the cancellation.



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Event date

06.03.2019 | 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm ical | gcal


HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1),  Stresemannstraße 29,  10963 Berlin


Christian Grauvogel

Former Head of Dialogue & Knowledge Transfer | Project Coordinator SET


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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