What Moves Us: The Lives and Times of the Radical Imagination

Information about the new co-edited collection What Moves Us: The Lives and Times of the Radical Imagination, coming this summer

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 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…

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 –…

“Capitalism’s Crisis of Value and Imagination” in Truth-Out

Truth-Out has published an excerpt from my book Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (Zed Books, March 2014) titled “Capitalism’s Crisis of Value and Imagination.” It can be found here: http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/21647-capitalisms-crisis-of-value-and-imagination Another excerpt from the book can be found here: http://roarmag.org/2014/01/max-haiven-crises-of-imagination/ Here is the article: You, dear reader, are on…

“Between Success and Failure: Dwelling with Social Movements in the Hiatus” in Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements

Alex Khasnabish and I have co-authored an article titled “Between Success and Failure:  Dwelling with Social Movements in the Hiatus” which has appeared in the most recent issue (5.2) of the phenomenal journal Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements.  Interface has a unique peer-review process that includes both an academic and an activist reviewer…

Chapter “The Dammed of the Earth” in the Thinking With Water collection

I have a chapter appearing in this great new collection titled Thinking With Water edited by Cecilia Chen, Janine MacLeod and Astrida Neimanis (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Fall 2013). From the MQUP website: As a life-giving but also potentially destructive substance, water occupies a prominent place in the imagination. At the same time, water issues are among…

A People’s Bank – Nocturne Halifax, Saturday Oct 19, 6pm-12am, NSCAD Library

UPDATE: “A People’s Bank” was a great success, with over 2100 attendees through the evening.  Documentation can be found here: http://reimaginingmoney.net/exhibition/nocturne-2013-documentation/ A PEOPLE’S BANK October 19, 2013 – 6pm-12am – The NSCAD University Library – 5163 Duke St, Halifax NS Part of the Nocturne Art at Night Festival (http://nocturnehalifax.ca/) The financial crisis of 2008 and…

“The Debt of Creativity” TED Talk

In March, I delivered a TED Talk at TEDxNovaScotia on “The Debt of Creativity,” which was about debt, creativity, the radical imagination, Gustav Courbet, student loans, indentured labour, the Paris Commune, globalization and whatever else I could cram into my 15 minutes of fame. I’m not a huge fan of TED talks, but I hope…