Max Haiven

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Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and 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 latest book, Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, was published by Pluto in Fall 2018. His book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts will appear in May 2020.


RiVAL: The ReImagining Value Action Lab

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.

VAGABONDS publishing series

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.
Launching mid-2020.

University of the Phoenix

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

The Radical Imagination Project

The Radical Imagination Project was founded in 2010 by Alex Khasnabish and Max Haiven to study with and contribute to social movements, based in Halifax, Canada. (Note: Max Haiven is no longer actively directing this project, but is still in full support)

The Common Anxieties Research Project

The Common Anxieties Research Project is an inquiry and intervention platform directed by Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou and Max Haiven to study the crisis of anxiety under financialized capitalism, especially in universities.



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