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…

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…

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…

“The Creative and the Derivative” appears in Radical History Review

My article “The Creative and the Derivative: Historicizing Creativity under post-Bretton Woods Financialization” has appeared in the journal Radical History Review,  in a special issue (#118) on the “Fictions of Finance” edited by Dara Orenstein and Aaron Carico. The article can be found here: http://rhr.dukejournals.org/content/2014/118/113.abstract A preliminary, unproofed version can be found over at my Academia.edu…

“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…

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…