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…

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…

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…

Interview with Silvia Federici on Feminism, Reproduction and the Occupy Movement

The interview can be found here: http://www.zcommunications.org/feminism-finance-and-the-future-of-occupy-an-interview-with-silvia-federici-by-max-haiven From the preamble: Silvia Federici is a veteran activist and writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY.  Born and raised in Italy, Federici has taught in Italy, Nigeria, and the United States, where she has been involved in many movements, including feminist, education, and anti-death penalty struggles. Her influential 2004…

Occupy!

After a whirlwind research trip to New York City and Occupy Wall Street I’m back in Halifax.  Here are a few things I’m doing with/about the Occupations: A talk for the Visual Art Nova Scotia on “Creative Occupations: Art, Creative Labour and the Occupy Movement” on Tuesday, November 29, at 7pm.  Location TBA. An article…

Interviewed in great new documentary “Capitalism is the Crisis”

I am honoured to be featured in a fabulous new documentary “Capitalism is the Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity.”  You can watch the entire documentary online here.  In this clip, I talk about the financialization of society and what it does to our sense of futurity and possibility.

New polemic essay: Undead Ideologies: Necro-Neoliberalism, Necro-Keynesianism and the Radical Imagination

My new polemic essay, titled “Undead Ideologies: Necro-Neoliberalism, Necro-Keynesianism and the Radical Imagination” is now posted at Znet (http://www.zcommunications.org/undead-ideologies-necro-neoliberalism-necro-keynesianism-and-the-radical-imagination-by-max-haiven).  Here is the introductory paragraph: The 2008 financial crisis has left us bereft of any meaningful mainstream political imagination. Indeed, the political spectrum today appears like a preposterous zombie film, with undead ideologies shambling across the…

Face/Book/Net/Work talk at Congress 2011 (video)

Here’s a video, shot by Bill Brydon, of a roundtable I participated in at the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) at Congress 2011 in Fredericton, organized by Cecily Devereaux and Michael O’Driscoll for the journal English Studies in Canada.  The proceedings will be published in ESC 36.4’s “readers forum.”  My…