Max Haiven is a writer and teacher and Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice.

His most recent books are 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).

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

He teaches at Lakehead University, where he co-directs the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL).




An ‘anxiety epidemic’ in the financialized university: Critical questions and unexpected resistance
15 June 2021
The Uses of Financial Literacy
01 November 2017
Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies in an Age of Financialisation
06 June 2015


Revenge Against Revenge: Biden’s Revenge Politics and “The Cure at Troy”
08 March 2021
Orcas are not taking nature's revenge, but we should
24 September 2020
No return to normal: For a post-pandemic liberation
21 March 2020


In conversation with Phanuel Antwi about Revenge Capitalism
08 May 2020
Revenge capitalism and the drug war
03 February 2021
Interview about "Financialization's Reach" on Against the Grain (audio))
16 March 2015



Current Projects

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 to fan the flames of discontent.

Too combative for polite academic company and too thoughtful for the outrage spin cycle.

Published by Pluto Press in print and online and edited by Max Haiven.

Conspiracy Games and Counter-Games

A network of scholars and a research project to explore and confront contemporary conspiratorialism through the power of games and gaming.

The Amazon Observatory

A collaboration of scholars, activists and artists seeking to understand and challenge the form of capitalism that the Amazon corporation is trying to create.

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 Strange Bedfellowship

In an era when capitalism and colonialism have stolen our dreams or put them to work, how can we dream together anew?

Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire

A collaboration of scholars investigating colonial debts, imperial insolvencies, extractive nostalgias, which has led to two scholarly gatherings and a special section of Discover Society, and with a book  from Manchester UP and a special issue of Journal of Cultural Economy coming in 2023.

Past Projects

The Art and Money Project

A 2011-2019 porject, resulting in a book and a public image archive to investigate (a) the commodification and financialization of art, (b) the art-like dimensions of money and financial markets, and (c) the work of artists concerned with these themes.

From 2010 to 2017 Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish operated a platform for working with social movements in Halifax, Canada, resulting in two books, a series of workshops, a film series and more.