Silvia Rief

Silvia Rief received a 2018 fellowship from BIAAS for work on her project, “Political philosophy, economy theory and society: Karl Polanyi’s ‘real utopia’ reconsidered.”A focal point of this project will be Karl Polanyi’s contributions to the ‘socialist accounting’ debate in the 1920s, which will be re-examined in the light of his later work and with respect to its relevance for contemporary debates on cost accounting, the economic sociology of price formation and interest representation. This study will be conducted at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. It aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the development of Polanyi’s political and social thought in the context of his experiences of different intellectual and political environments.

Silvia Rief holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of London, Goldsmiths College and has served as an Associate Professor in Sociology at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.