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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Alternative Financial Literacy tour, Winter 2018

We at the University of the Phoenix are looking for hosts and supporters in the Midwest and North-East USA for the first of what will hopefully be a series of radical financial literacy tours in January and February of 2018.

Coming of Age in the Financialized Pokéconomy

In recognition of the Pokémon franchise with the release of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, I thought I’d share “Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy,” a chapter from my 2014 book Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life.

Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies in an Age of Financialisation (in Finance and Society)

I’m pleased to announce that my essay “Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies  in an Age of Financialisation” has been published in the inaugural issue of the post-disciplinary journal Finance and Society on the theme “Hard Cash.” You can read and download the article at http://financeandsociety.org/article/vol-1-no-1-2015-haiven/ Abstract Recent decades of financialisation have seen a significant growth…

Art and Money course at the Halifax Public Library in January 2015

This January I’ll be offering my course Art and Money jointly through the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the brand new Central branch of the Halifax Public Library. The lectures are open to interested members of the public from 1-2pm every Tuesday starting January 6 and concluding April 14.  Registered students (and anyone…

“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…

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…

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…

“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…