Freedom Project Lecture: Eva Illouz

Voices of Israeli Sociologists: Intimacy as a Modern Social Form

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 4:30pm
Pendleton East 239 Amphitheater Classroom

In the first of two Voices of Israeli Sociologists lectures in the Freedom Project Speaker Series, Eva Illouz will speak on Intimacy as a Modern Social Form: Sexual Freedom and Emotional Uncertainty.

Eva Illouz was born in Fes, Morocco, and moved to France at the age of ten. She received a B.A. in sociology, communication and literature in Paris, an M.A. in literature at Paris X, an M.A. in communication from the Hebrew University, and her Ph.D. in communications and cultural studies at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a visiting professor at Northwestern University, Princeton University, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris (École des hautes études en sciences sociales) and as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin).

Illouz’ book Consuming the Romantic Utopia won the Honorable Mention for the Best Book Award at the American Sociological Association in 2000 in the emotions section. Her book Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery won the Best Book Award in the culture section in 2005. In 2009, she was chosen by the German leading newspaper Die Zeit as one of the 12 thinkers most likely to "change the thought of tomorrow." In 2013, she received the Annaliese Meier International Award for Excellence in Research from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. Her book Why Love Hurts received the best book award of the Alpine Philosophy Society in France, and was the recipient of the 2014 Sociology of Emotions Outstanding Recent Contribution Award.
Illouz is currently a Professor of Sociology at The Hebrew University. She is the author of 80 articles and book chapters, and eight books, translated to 15 languages.