Projects, Talks and New Writing

Justine Smith, Specimen (II) Poppy, 2005, detail.
Justine Smith, Specimen (II) Poppy, 2005, detail.



  • On November 27, I’ll be giving a talk in Halifax titled “From Debt Strikes to Hurricane Relief: Occupy Wall Street’s Pasts, Presents and Futures” based on my recent research trip to New York.  More details here:
  • The Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto has invited me to particiapte in their Consumption Studies Speakers Series.  My talk is titled “From financialization to fictitious capital, and back again: the enduring importance of Marx in understanding the cultural life of finance.”  The talk will be on January 18.  Details to follow.
  • The Department of English at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, has invited me to their speakers series.  I’ll be delivering a paper titled “Convoking the Radical Imagination: Halifax Social Movements in an Age of Austerity” sometime in January or February.


  • I just finished working on a popular book for a more general audience, tentatively titled Crisis of the Imagination: Austerity Capitalism versus the Commons.
  • I am working on my academic book, titled Cultures of Financialization: The Reproduction of Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life, which is currently under review.
  • Alex Khasnabish and I are working on a book titled The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity.
  • Jody Berlandand I are