Coming of Age in the Financialized Pokéconomy

In recognition of the Pokémon franchise with the release of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, I thought I’d share “Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy,” a chapter from my 2014 book Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life.

Melbourne and Cambridge

In addition to all sorts of exciting things happening in Halifax with the Radical Imagination Project (such as a Free School radical educational gathering March 5-6 – please propose a workshop), I’m excited to do some travel this term. In mid-February I’ll be in Melbourne, Australia to give a masterclass “Beyond the Financialized Imagination” and a lecture…

Europe 2015, research and speaking

I’m in Europe this fall delivering a few talks and doing research into struggles against austerity. From October through December I’ll be in Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal. Some of my speaking engagements are lining up now. I’ll post more information as it becomes available over at: https://maxhaiven.com/speaking/ There are speaking events lined or lining up in…

Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies in an Age of Financialisation (in Finance and Society)

I’m pleased to announce that my essay “Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies  in an Age of Financialisation” has been published in the inaugural issue of the post-disciplinary journal Finance and Society on the theme “Hard Cash.” You can read and download the article at http://financeandsociety.org/article/vol-1-no-1-2015-haiven/ Abstract Recent decades of financialisation have seen a significant growth…

Regarding the Dam | Watermark review essay

Late last year, I prepared a review essay regarding Edward Burtynksy and Jennifer Baichwal’s film Watermark for Harvard Design Magazine‘s 39th issue “Wet Matter.” Unfortunately, the HDM could only publish and abbreviated version because the issue was packed with a great variety of other fascinating material, all presented in a truly lovely package. Thanks to Pierre Bélanger, Jennifer Sigler and Leah Whitman-Salkin…

Reimagining our collective powers against austerity (BG/ROAR)

From http://roarmag.org/2015/06/max-haiven-common-austerity/ (In German) from Berliner Gazette Part 1 – http://berlinergazette.de/recht-auf-gemeinschaftseigentum/ Part 2 – http://berlinergazette.de/commons-als-menschenrecht/ The following edited text is based on an interview with Max Haiven by the Berliner Gazette on the topic of their annual theme UN|COMMONS. It is published under Creative Commons License. Established in the late 1990s, the Berliner Gazette is an online magazine and…

A short essay on Futures (2013) by Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

I wrote the following short essay to accompany Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge’s exhibition’Scene Otherwise’ at the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax April 17th – May 13th, 2015 (organized by NSCAD’s Anna Leonowens Gallery and part of the Mayworks Festival).

Art and Money course at the Halifax Public Library in January 2015

This January I’ll be offering my course Art and Money jointly through the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the brand new Central branch of the Halifax Public Library. The lectures are open to interested members of the public from 1-2pm every Tuesday starting January 6 and concluding April 14.  Registered students (and anyone…

The Radical Imagination – now out (+excerpts)

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of our book The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity, now out from Zed Books and Fernwood Publishing. Purchase a copy Summary Chapters Endorsements Excerpts, reviews and interviews  Purchase a copy UK, Overseas and e-book: Zed Books USA: Macmillan Canada: Fernwood Publishing Kindle: Amazon Summary The idea of the imagination…

The Ivory Cage and the Ghosts of Academe, and an open letter to Bush II about his “art”

Two online publications in the past few days: Over at Truth-out, my essay “The Ivory Cage and the Ghosts of Academe: Labor and Struggle in the Edu-Factory,” which discusses the deplorable state of post-secondary/higher education today, and the need to contextualize its decline within the anti-capitalist framework developed by the Edu-Factory Collective. http://truth-out.org/news/item/23391-the-ivory-cage-and-the-ghosts-of-academe-labor-and-struggle-in-the-edu-factory Check out…

Book launches and talks (London, Leicester, Essex, Amsterdam, New York, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton)

I’m very pleased to be having book launches or to be giving talks in a variety of places in March and April of 2014 (info about the book: https://maxhaiven.com/2013/09/26/crises-of-the-imagination/): March 17, 3:30pm (Leicester): Talk: “Fictitious Capital, Metaphoric Wealth: Financialization and its Discontents” University of Leicester Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy – details: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/management/research/units/cppe/archiveactivities/2014-3-haiven-seminar –…