Max Haiven

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Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, located on Anishinaabe lands on the North shore of Gichi-Gami under the Robinson-Superior Treaty (Thunder Bay, Canada). He is co- director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL).

He writes articles for both academic and general audiences and is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (2014), The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish, 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2014).

His book, Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (2018) and Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts (2020) are published by Pluto.

Haiven is editor of VAGABONDS, a series of short, radical books from Pluto Press.


A workshop for the radical imagination, social justice, and decolonization, co-directed by Max Haiven and Cassie Thornton, with a base in Anishinaabe territories on the North Shore of Lake Superior (Thunder Bay, Canada) and activities online and around the world.

A series of radical pamphlets too combative for polite academic company and too thoughtful for the outrage spin cycle. Published by Pluto Press and edited by Max Haiven in print and online.

The world’s first for-profit institution for higher learning that trains the living and the dead to rise up together to avenge the crimes and cruelties of global capitalism. A platform for performance, ritual, and revenge, often operating as an art project, from Cassie Thornton and Max Haiven​



Unraveling capitalism’s revenge: An interview with Max Haiven in ROAR
26 November 2020
Empires of Pain: A Story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge (graphic novel)
24 October 2020
"Orcas are not taking nature's revenge, but we should." in ROAR
24 September 2020
"Thirteen Theses Toward a Materialist Theory of Revenge Capitalism"
31 August 2020
"Art, debt, capitalism and revenge" lecture at Slade
02 August 2020
Revenge Capitalism conversation with Marc Garrett (video)
23 July 2020
‘Revenge Spending’ Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism at Novara
21 July 2020
The Order of Unmanageable Risks podcast launch: June 15
13 June 2020
Rising up against white revenge in ROAR
03 June 2020
The Order of Unmanageable Risks podcast
27 May 2020
"Revenge Fantasy or Avenging Imaginary?" in e-flux
22 May 2020
"Capital’s Vengeful Utopia: Unpayable Debts from Above and Below" in L'Internationale
15 May 2020
Capitalism as Revenge :: Revenge Against Capitalism An Interview with Max Haiven in Socialism and Democracy
13 May 2020
In conversation with Phanuel Antwi about REVENGE CAPITALISM
08 May 2020
"No artist left alive" in Arts of the Working Class
25 April 2020
"Beyond capitalist authoritarianism, the radical imagination" in We Resist
24 April 2020
On Covid-19, capitalism and what comes after (Audio - This in Hell - 50m)
13 April 2020
Online seminar on Revenge Capitalism (weekly April 19-May 10)
08 April 2020
"Max Haiven on the desire for vengeance and the demons of capital" interview on Pretty Heady Stuff podcast (1h)
30 March 2020
No return to normal: For a post-pandemic liberation (ROAR Magazine plus audio)
21 March 2020