What’s New?

Kari Polanyi-Levitt, interviewed by Michael Brie and Claus Thomasberger



Excerpt from Capitalism in Transformation: Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century. November 2019. Edward Elgar Publishing.


Publication of “On Transformations: Past, Present, and Future?

Kari Polanyi Levitt published a paper entitled “On Transformations: Past, Present and Future?” in the journal Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie.

Opening Plenary at The Great Transition

On May 17 2018, Kari Levitt-Polanyi contributed to the opening plenary of The Great Transition in Montreal, entitled How does the economy dominates our lives?



Gala event of the International Karl P0lanyi Society

On May 8 2018, Kari Polanyi Levitt gave an opening address to the gala event announcement of the establishment of the International Karl P0lanyi Society (IKPS).



Life Achievement Award

Gold Cross

Gold Cross

On May 7 2018, the City of Vienna awarded Kari Polanyi Levitt awarded her the Gold Cross for her life’s achievement. The event was co-sponsored by the Austrian Foundation for Development Research.

Kari Levitt Polanyi with Dr. Renate Brauner, deputy Mayor

Kari Polanyi Levitt  with Dr. Renate Brauner, deputy Mayor

Kari at 95

Kari Levitt Polanyi 95th birthday was celebrated with friends and family at the old house in Ste-Anne de Bellevue on June 17, 2018. Kari wishes to thank Tom and Claude Aimée who hosted the event and the many friends who sent messages of greetings.



Celebrating 70 years of UWI and the life and work of Sir Arthur Lewis, January 23, 2018

On the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Vice-Chancellor will host a Forum themed “Economic Transformation with Social Growth: Arthur Lewis’s Contribution.” At the St-Augustine Campus, the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) will host a one-day symposium on the life and work Sir Arthur Lewis. It is appropriate that the 70th anniversary year of the UWI should begin with a celebration of Sir Arthur Lewis who served as its first West Indian Principal and Vice Chancellor. Professor Levitt will be a visiting professor in residence on the St-Augustine Campus at the Faculty of Social Sciences, from January 22nd to April 8th 2018.

Kari Polanyi Levitt gave the fifth Sir Arthur  Lewis Memorial Lecture, at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank,  St Lucia, on November 8, 2000:

Previous speakers in this series addressed the celebrated contribution of  Sir Arthur Lewis to intellectual and public life in the  Caribbean -  as scholar,  teacher,  administrator and role model to a remarkably creative generation of  West Indian economists.  In his inaugural address,  Rex Nettleford,  reminded us  that  this eminent economist and Nobel Laureate was, in the final analysis, a great educator and guru to his people both in the Caribbean and the Third World  who perceived their future and any hope of redemption to rest firmly on the exercise  of their intellect and their imagination. (Read more…)


“A man of Red Vienna” and “A child from Red Vienna”

Robert Kutner review of Gareth Dale biography of Karl Polanyi “A Life on the Left” was featured in the December issue of the New York Review of books as the Man from Red Vienna. By coincidence, an article in the Austrian cultural tabloid the Falter portrayed Kari Polanyi Levitt as the Ein Kind des Roten Wien (a child of Red Vienna).


Interview published in Global Dialogue

The interview of Kari Polanyi Levitt by Michael Burawoy realized on January 13, 2017, is now available online.


A conference room named after Kari Polanyi Levitt

(Vienna, Austria)

On November 13, 2017, the Economic, Labor and Statistics Department (MA23) of the City of Vienna has named a conference room after Mrs. Kari Polanyi Levitt.

The Head of the Department, Clemens Himpele, shows Mrs Polanyi Levitt the conference room.

The Head of the Department, Clemens Himpele, shows Mrs. Polanyi Levitt the conference room.

Polanyi on the 21st century (Seoul, Korea)

Kari Polanyi Levitt will give the Keynote address at the 14th International Karl Polanyi Conference in Seoul, October 12-14, 2017.


Reconocimiento Ifigenia Martínez

Kari Polanyi Levitt was awarded the prestigious “Ifigenia Martínez” recognition.


De la gran transformación a la gran financiarización

Kari Polanyi Levitt’s 2013 book ”From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization” has been translated in Spanish.


Re-launch: New World Quarterly

The online edition of the New World Quarterly journal was launched on June 23, 2017.

Interview with Michael Burawoy in Linz (Austria)

Kari Polanyi Levitt gave an interview to Michael Burawoy during Conference “A Great Transformation? Global Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalisms” in Linz (Austria), on January 13, 2017.

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  4. Kobi Inbar says:

    Dear Prof. Polanyi Levitt,
    My name is Kobi (Jacob) Inbar and I’m a faculty member at the Department of Economics and Business Management at Ariel University, Israel. I have been reading and studying Karl Polanyi for the last several years now and find myself fascinated by his forward-looking and prophetic work.
    While at the same time, I was surprised to find out how little is known about Karl Polanyi’s work (not to say ignorance) among my colleagues in the university, let alone among the students. My surprise was even bigger when I found out that there is no exist a Hebrew version of “The Great Transformation”!!
    I participated recently at the 3rd Polanyi Seminar held in Roskilde University in Denmark, in collaboration with EMES and you Institute. I had the chance to meet Prof. Marguerite Mendell and discuss this with her. She mentioned that to the best of her knowledge, a Hebrew translation is on its way already. First, if this is true, I’m glad to hear that. I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know how holds the rights for the Hebrew translation has so that I’ll be able to contact him/her, and when do you think it is expected to be published (by whom; under which publisher). I would very much like to recommend it to my students as well as for our university library.
    I very much thank you in advance and would be happy to be in touch and exchange thoughts and ideas.
    I’m using this platform to convey my message to you since I could not find your direct e-mail address. Would appreciate it very much if you would accept to share it with me so that we could use e-mails instead.
    With my best and warmest regards,
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    Hello Kari I am Gustavo de Lara Kurz son of your friend TRUDE KURZ I am in the process of migrating to Toronto where I have 2 children and 4 grandchildren, I am going back to Toronto in March 2019 and I hope to get in touch with you. Greetings Gustavo de Lara Kurz

  6. Aurelien Pere says:

    Dear Ms Polanyi,
    I dont know your work yet, but i have been to a university in france in toulouse where the teachers and the teachings claim to belong to a polanyi approach.
    I have been to benin a few years ago.
    I want to read your father’s last book “Dahomey and the slave trade”. It’s been a long time i want to read it but sometimes it requires time, effort, courage and dedication just to reach to a book..
    Though I am outraged that it is not published more widely and only amazon is selling it. What a shame!
    I would like to know if you know an electronic version i could buy, or a paper version that is not more than 100$ on amazon?
    I dont have your email, i am sorry to contact you through this comment on your website.
    Best regards,

  7. John Eidinow says:

    Dear Professor Polanyi Levitt
    I’m writing a biography of Tess Simpson and have read your very interesting interview with Irene Grant online.
    May I take advantage of this comment box to ask if you then interviewed Tess, and, if so, the interview is available to read?
    Kindest regards,
    John Eidinow

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    Good afternoon dear Professor Polanyi Levitt. My name is Emanuel Pietrobon and I am an Italian political analyst and master’s degree student enrolled at the university of Turin.
    First of all I’m a big follower of yours and I studied your father’s thought during my university career.
    I’m writing my thesis, which is focused on the concept of “resistance economy”, and I succeeded in contacting popular experts to have their opinion and their view on the possibility to create an economic system capable of dealing with forms of economic warfare.
    I traveled to Russia, after winning a scholarship, to see what the government is actually doing to face the sanctions regime and with which results, and I had the chance to work with countrywide experts. I’m working on a comparative analysis of countries affected by economic warfares and recovering old texts that I think should be updated, from Fichte to List.
    I’m writing you because I’d be very glad to have the opportunity to interview you, to make you some questions about multinational corporations, economic sovereigny, autarchy, self-sufficiency and globalization. It would be a honor and an incredible achievement to me and I will send you my thesis once finished.
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