The Order of Unmanageable Risks podcast

The Order of Unmanageable Risks is an eclectic podcast about the crisis of anxiety in our society today and its links to the system of capitalism. In a series of interviews with important thinkers across a range of disciplines, hosts Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou (UCL Sociology) and Max Haiven (Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social …

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“Culture and Financialization: Four Approaches” (2020)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2020. “Culture and Financialization: Four Approaches.” In The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization, edited by Natasha van der Zwan, Daniel Mertens, and Philip Mader. London and New York: Routledge. Abstract This chapter briefly examines the relationship between culture and financialization from four inter-related angles. First, we explore the finance culture. Here I …

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“The Art of Unpayable Debts” (2019)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2019. “The Art of Unpayable Debts.” In The Sociology of Debt, edited by Mark Featherstone. London: Policy. Abstract This chapter provides a reading and a contextualisation of three recent performative public artworks to map the way unpayable debts manifest across politics, economics, culture and society under the global order of financialised capitalism. …

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Counterspeculations scholarly audiotour of the City of London

In May of 2018 my colleague Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou and I organized a collaborative walking tour of the City of London historical financial district to explore the connections between finance and the imagination. In October of that year University College London’s Urban Laboratory published the audio of that walk along with an interactive map, which can …

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Colonial Debts, Extractive Nostalgias, Imperial Insolvencies intervention series

In September 2018 the UK-based scholarly online platform Discover Society published a short selection of texts edited by Clea Bourne, Paul Gilbert, Max Haiven and Johnna Montgomerie as part of their larger series of inquiries under the heading of Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire. The pieces in the special section are as follows: …

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RYBN: Psychogeographies of the Financial Imaginary

As part of the Counterspecualtions tour of the City of London I organized with Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou I conducted this interview with the French art ensemble RYBN, originally published in a series about the tour by Public Seminar, the online platform of the New School for Social Research in New York. Psychogeographies of the Financial Imaginary: …

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Financialization, precarity and reactionary authoritarianism (ROAR)

Original: https://roarmag.org/essays/haiven-cultures-financialization-excerpt/ The following is an excerpt from Max Haiven’s 2014 book Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life, released last month in paperback from Palgrave Macmillan. The book argues that financialization is not just the increasing power and authority of speculative capital over the global economy, but also the way the …

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“Confronting Financialization Demands a Radical Cultural Politics” in Public Seminar

Original: https://publicseminar.org/2017/09/confronting-financialization-demands-a-radical-cultural-politics/ The following is a synoptic excerpt from the conclusion of Max Haiven’s Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life, published in 2014 for Palgrave Macmillan and recently issued in paperback. Rather than (or in addition to) castigating finance as purely the realm of capitalist excess, greed, cruelty and extortion, we …

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Participatory Art within, against and beyond Financialization (Cultural Studies)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2018. “Participatory Art within, against and beyond Financialization: Benign Pessimism, Tactical Parasitics and the Encrypted Common.” Cultural Studies 32 (4): 530–59. https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2017.1363260 Abstract This essay examines three critical artists who orchestrate participatory spectacles and experiences as a means of challenging neoliberal financialization, an overarching paradigm and process that is reshaping economics, politics, …

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A Utopia for Money (Public Seminar)

This essay touches on themes covered in more detail in my book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization Original: http://publicseminar.org/2017/04/a-utopia-for-money/ I have visited money’s utopia: it is not only a utopia for those with money, but a utopia for money itself. Sequestered in the winding roads of an industrial park, next …

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