Counterspeculation: Podcast, audio-tour and blog

A podcast, audio-tour and blog series about finance and the imagination, organized and curated by Max Haiven and Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou in collaboration with the UCL Urban Lab

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“Colonial Debts, Imperial Insolvencies, Extractive Nostalgias” focus section of Discover Society

Clea Bourne, Paul Gilbert, Johnna Montgomerie and I have edited a special section of Discover Society on the topic of “Colonial Debts, Imperial Insolvencies, Extractive Nostalgias,” building on the illuminating gathering we organized on the topic last Fall in London.

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…

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…

“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…

“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…

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…

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…