I am a cultural theorist and social critic, as well as a teacher, writer, activist and deeply worried and angry (but generally speaking, not unhappy) human being. Most of my scholarly writing has focused on the “financialization” of society and culture, by which I mean both (a) the increasing power of financial companies over economics and politics and (b) the way financial ideas, processes and measures find their way into a variety of social institutions, into popular culture, and into everyday life. Some of my other research has focused on the fate of the radical imagination in these terrible times, both in terms of the radical imagination’s life in social movements, and its life in the broader political culture of our day. My academic work is largely within the tradition of anti-disciplinary cultural studies and critical theory, somewhere between the social sciences and the humanities. In addition to my academic writing, I also try to write articles and books for, and give presentations to, a broader audience on themes like contemporary social movements, the fate the the university and the arts in the “age of austerity,” and the nature of capitalism and its alternatives.
Check out my page at academia.edu: http://nyu.academia.edu/MaxHaiven
The bulk of my research is occupied by a few key themes:
- The financialization of culture and daily life and the increasingly “cultural” aspects of finance
- The fate of the radical imagination in globalized, neoliberal, financialized times
- Creative labour in the “new economy”
- Struggles within, against and beyond the global neoliberal university paradigm
- The possibilities and perils of economic, political and cultural activism
- Cultural Studies, the study of popular culture, and of material culture
- Critical theory approaches to value, imagination, reproduction and radicalism
In my teaching, I work with students to develop critical reflexive skills that empower and challenge the status quo.
I am also active in various social movements and social justice struggles, including those focused on post-secondary education, labour rights and the vitality of radical ideas.
My name is sometimes misspelled “Max Haven.”
Dr. Max Haiven
c/o the Division of Historical and Critical Studies
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3J 3J6
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