“Beyond capitalist authoritarianism, the radical imagination” in We Resist

My short essay “Beyond capitalist authoritarianism, the radical imagination” appears in the collection We Resist: Defending the Common Good in Hostile Times, edited by Cynthia Levine-Rasky and Lisa Kowalchuk and published in May 2020 by McGill-Queens University Press. The text  is below and is only one of a great number of intriguing essays from luminaries in Canada and beyond.

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Online seminar on Revenge Capitalism (weekly April 19-May 10)

Brought to you by Pluto Books, ROAR Magazine and the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL) This four part seminar explores Max Haiven’s newly published Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts. Join the author and a limited number of participants from around the world every Sunday …

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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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Wars on social reproduction: On feminism, the commons, and joyful militancy (interview with Silvia Federici)

An interview with the legendary feminist theorist and organizer Silvia Federici as part of the collection What Moves Us: The Lives and times of the Radical Imagination, edited by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish. Silvia Federici is a feminist activist, teacher and writer. She was a co-founder of the International Feminist Collective and the Committee …

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Be Prepared to Win: Indigenous Struggles and the Radical Imagination (Interview with Sherry Pictou))

I interviewed my friend and colleague Sherry Pictou for a collection that Alex Khasnabish and I edited titled What Moves Us: The Lives and Times of the Radical Imagination. Sherry Pictou is a Mi’kmaw woman from L’stikuk (Water Cuts Through High Rocks), Nova Scotia. She graduated with her PhD from Dalhousie University and has been …

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“Commons as Actuality, Ethos and Horizon” (2017)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2017. “Commons as Actuality, Ethos and Horizon.” In Educational Commons in Theory and Practice, edited by Alex Means, Graham Slater, and Derek Ford, 23–37. London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Abstract The idea, and the ideal, of the commons has encountered a surge in popularity in recent years. But the concept itself …

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Outside but Along-Side: Stumbling with Social Movements as Academic Activists (2015)

Citation Khasnabish, Alex, and Max Haiven. 2015. “Outside but Along-Side: Stumbling with Social Movements as Academic Activists.” Studies in Social Justice 9 (1): 18–33. https://doi.org/10.26522/ssj.v9i1.1157 Abstract In this article, we critically reflect on the production and measurement of ‘success’ and ‘failure’ both in social movements and social movement research. We do so by focusing on …

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Between Success and Failure: Dwelling with Social Movements in the Hiatus (2013)

Citation Haiven, Max, and Alex Khasnabish. 2013. “Between Success and Failure: Dwelling with Social Movements in the Hiatus.” Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 5 (2): 472–98. http://www.interfacejournal.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Interface-5-2-Haiven-and-Khasnabish.pdf Abstract This article explores the ways social movement “successes” and “failures” are conceived of and measured, particularly in relation to research that strives to act …

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Convoking the Radical Imagination : Social Movement Research, Dialogic Methodologies, and Scholarly Vocations (2012)

Citation Khasnabish, Alex, and Max Haiven. 2012. “Convoking the Radical Imagination : Social Movement Research, Dialogic Methodologies, and Scholarly Vocations.” Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies 12 (5): 408–421. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1532708612453126 Abstract This article reflects critically on “The Radial Imagination: A Research Project About Movements, Social Change, and the Future,” an engaged social movement research project conducted with self-identified “radical” …

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Finance as Capital’s Imagination?: Reimagining Value and Culture in an Age of Fictitious Capital and Crisis (2011)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2011. “Finance as Capital’s Imagination?: Reimagining Value and Culture in an Age of Fictitious Capital and Crisis.” Social Text 108: 93–124. https://doi.org/10.1215/01642472-1299983 Abstract This essay seeks to contribute to the theoretical groundwork for a cultural studies of finance by recasting a Marxist theory of value toward an analysis of the politics of …

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