Lucerne Master Classes 2015-2019 | The Culture of Markets


Under the general heading "The Culture of Markets, Lucerne Master Classes have brought internationally renowned scholars to Lucerne since 2015. In a week-long course organized by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSL) of the University of Lucerne, they - along with doctoral students from all over the world - analyse a variety of virulent problems in the market through a range of scientific perspectives.


Prof. Dr. Eva Illouz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) will be the principal guest at the Lucerne Master Class 2019 with the topic "The Paradoxes of Capitalism and Emotions". On September 24th, 2019, her public talk "What is Capitalist Subjectivity" will take place in room HS 09 at the main buidling of the University of Lucerne.


The aim of the Master Class is to offer doctoral students from Switzerland and from abroad an intensive exchange with internationally renowned researchers. Doctoral students receive the opportunity to present their work to the other participants and to discuss it with the guest experts. The guest expert also discusses his or her current work with the doctoral students, allowing for an in-depth conversation with benefits for all involved. Finally, the aim is to deepen the participants’ understandings of markets and to go beyond common patterns of perception.

A general public is always invited to a public lecture in which the invited expert presents his or her thoughts on the Lucerne Master Class topic in a condensed fashion.


The course format Lucerne Master Class and its scientific focus on "The Culture of Markets" were developed by Prof. Dr. Martin Hartmann between 2013 and 2015. Martin Hartmann is the former chair of the board at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Lucerne Master Classes are organised by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Hartmann

Professor of Philosophy, Chair for Practical Philosophy
T +41 41 229 57 10 • F +41 41 229 55 35 • Room 3.A43 • 
More information about Prof. Dr. Martin Hartmann (Department of Philosophy) 

Dr. Christina Cavedon

Managing Director
T +41 41 229 55 16 • F +41 41 229 55 65 •

More information about Dr. Christina Cavedon (GSL) 

Michael Widmer

Student Employee
T +41 41 229 57 54 • Room 3.A19 • 

Viola Müller 

Secretary Graduate School
T +41 41 229 55 64 • Room 3.A06 •


The Lucerne Master Classes are supported by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland