Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Launching the Centre for Capitalism Studies

20 October 2023, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

CCS launch image

Featuring renowned artist Hito Steyerl, the pre-eminent economist Prof Ha-Joon Chang and commentary from journalist and economic commentator Grace Blakeley.

This event is free.

Event Information

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Common Ground and online, via Zoom
G11, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to launch a new research centre, the Centre for Capitalism Studies, led by Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou. Featuring renowned artist Hito Steyerl, the pre-eminent economist Prof Ha-Joon Chang and commentary from journalist and economic commentator Grace Blakeley. 

The event is supported by the UCL Social Research Institute and the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Due to extremely high demand for this event, we have released an additional number of tickets for in-person attendance in an overflow room at UCL, where a live-stream of the event will be projected. All attendees in both rooms are invited to join the drinks reception that will follow, in UCL's North Cloisters. Please register at https://ccs-launch.eventbrite.co.uk

The UCL Centre for Capitalism Studies is a world-leading centre for critical interdisciplinary research into the past, present, and future of capitalism. It brings together UCL faculty and students studying how markets, finance and economic institutions shape our everyday life, structure societies’ capacity to change, and are contested and remade across time and space.

About the Speakers

Hito Steyerl

Professor of Experimental Film and Video and co-founder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics at Berlin University of the Arts

In her texts, performances and essayist documentary films Hito Steyerl deals with postcolonial criticism and feminist criticism of representational logic. She works at the intersections of visual art and film as well as theory and practice. Her numerous works have been exhibited at the most prominent global art institutions, such as the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Grace Blakeley

Author, journalist and economic commentator

Grace Blakeley is a staff writer at Tribune Magazine and author of several books, including 'The Corona Crash: How the pandemic will change capitalism' and 'Stolen: How to save the world from financialisation'. She is the former economics commentator for the New Statesman, and has appeared frequently in UK and international media, including BBC Question Time, ITV's Good Morning Britain and MTV News.

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Prof Ha-Joon Chang

Professor of Economics at SOAS

Ha-Joon Chang has worked on a wide range of issues related to economic development, especially trade and industrial policies, productive capabilities development, institutions and development, global economic system, the history of economic development in today’s rich countries, and the political economy of development.

More about Prof Ha-Joon Chang