“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…

In Wasafiri and Public Books, Interviews with Hari Kunzru

The journal Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing and the innovative new website Public Books have published different “cuts” my interview with the acclaimed novelist, essayist and literary activist Hari Kunzru. I have long been a fan of Kunzru’s work and was delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with him in the autumn of 2012…

Memory and the Radical Imagination (Against the Grain Interview)

The wonderful radio program Against the Grain is (re)broadcasting a long interview host C.S. Soong conducted with me last year.  From the description on their website (http://www.againstthegrain.org/program/762/wed-81413-memory-and-radical-imagination): Global capitalism, far from being only an economic phenomenon, affects and influences how we think, including what and how we think about the past. Max Haiven reveals how…

“Financial Totalitarianism” in Truth-Out [plus video]

Truth-out has published an article where I try and lay out, in as plain terms as possible, the idea of “financialization” as a form of totalitarianism that works on the economic, political, social and cultural levels. Check it out: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/16911-financial-totalitarianism-the-economic-political-social-and-cultural-rule-of-speculative-capital Or, you can watch it as a video essay at http://vimeo.com/maxhaiven/financial-totalitarianism And also this interview…

BOOK: “Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power” (Zed Books, 2014)

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Zed Books to publish a shortish book titled “Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Culture and Resistance in a Post-Crash World” in early 2014.  The book will draw on the work of a whole variety of fabulous people to try and weave together…

New Radical Imagination Project website

As a co-director (with Alex Khasnabish) of the Radical Imagination Project, I’m pleased to announce the launch of your new website, which has a lot of information on the research and activities we’ve been engaged in, including writing, videos and news.  Eventually, this website will be a platform to share clips of the interviews and…

The Financialization of Education and May Day

Recent radio interviews: Earlier this month, the fabulous podcast The Extraenvironmentalist broadcast a feature-length interview (1h15m) with me about the financialization of universities and of social life more broadly.  The interview can be downloaded or listened to online here: http://www.extraenvironmentalist.com/2013/05/07/episode-59-financialized-education/ For May Day, the amazing folks at Against the Grain interviewed me and some other…

Assistant Professor, Art History and Critical Studies, NSCAD

I’m thrilled to announce that, as of July 1, 2013, I will be joining the newly renamed Division of Art History and Critical Studies at the inimitable Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) as an assistant professor, specializing in cultural studies and material culture. I have been teaching occasionally at NSCAD over the…

BOOK: “Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life” to be published by Palgrave Macmillan (2014)

I’m delighted to announce that by first monograph Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.  I’m working on completing the manuscript now, but a tentative table of contents is as follows: Introduction 1. Reproducing Fictitious Capital 2. Precariousness: Two Models of Social Liquidation…

The struggle for the soul of education: upcoming talks (Winter 2013)

This Winter/Spring, I’m giving a few talks on the fate of post-secondary education.  I am a member of and indebted to the Edu-Factory Collective. Audio: You can listen to a talk I gave last summer titled “Student Debt and the Edu-Factory: Against the Foreclosure of the Future” as featured on Against the Grain, the popular…

“Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance is Resistance and, anyway, Resistance is Futile” appears in Mediations

My article “Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance is Resistance and, anyway, Resistance is Futile” has appeared in a special issue of the journal Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group on Before and After Neoliberalism, edited by Imre Szeman. The article can be found here: http://www.mediationsjournal.org/articles/finance-depends-on-resistance From the article’s introduction: This essay advances three provocations…

Metaphoric Wealth and The Crisis of the Imagination

1. Continuum Press has posted the details of a collection edited by Todd Dufresne and Carla Sacchetti titled The Economy as Cultural System, due out in November (http://wwwwww.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=168460&SntUrl=154046), which features my essay “Metaphoric Wealth:  Finance, Financialization and the End of Narrative.”  From the chapter’s introduction: This chapter asks us to understand finance as a cultural…

The Privatization of Creativity: The Ruse of “Creative Capitalism” – in Dissident Voice

Dissident Voice, the wonderful radical newsletter, has published my essay “The Privatization of Creativity: The Ruse of ‘Creative Capitalism‘” (here) which attempts to give a general conceptual overview of struggles in and around ideas of “creativity,” including the idea of “creative cities,” the “creative economy” and “creative capitalism.”         Some snippets: The…

“Convoking the Radical Imagination” article to appear in Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies

I’m very pleased to announce that an article I coauthored with my research collaborator Dr. Alex Khasnabish is to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Cultural Studies<–>Critical Methodologies.  The article is titled: “Convoking the Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research, Dialogic Methodologies and Scholarly Vocations” UPDATE: This artcle is now available online from SAGE:…

Article on financialization, Pokémon and agency appears in Cultural Studies

My article “Can Pikachu Save Fannie Mae?: Value, finance and imagination in the new Pokéconomy” has appeared in the journal Cultural Studies, or at least the online “forthcoming articles” section of the journal. The abstract: I argue that Pokémon offers a demonstrative and constitutive moment of the financializaion of contemporary cultural life in ways that…

Against the Grain Radio Interview, ESC Reader’s Forum, Platypus Talk

On January 23, 2012, the fabulous KPFA Berkeley radio show Against The Grain broadcast a feature-length interview (1h) with me about the themes and arguments in my article “Are your children old enough to learn about May ’68?: Recalling the radical event, refracting utopia and commoning memory,” published last Spring in Cultural Critique.  Many thanks…