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Is Amazon the Borg? We Asked Their Workers (LA Review of Books)

This essay was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books on May 7, 2022. Is Amazon the Borg? We Asked Their Workers By Max Haiven, Graeme ...

The Sacrificial Altar of Extractive Capitalism: Notes on Abolition and Transition (Mediapart/Berliner Gazette)

This text, published in English on Mediapart, is a contribution to the Berliner Gazette’s “After Extractivism” text series; its German version is ...

A reflection on the radical imagination: From finance to social movements to games (Junkyard)

This piece was first published on April 27, 2022 by The Junkyard: A scholarly blog devoted to the study of imagination. As a child, I was slow to ...

Far from Ukraine, Putin’s War Worsens Palm Oil Crisis (Boston Review)

This article appeared on April 27, 2022 in Boston Review. The title is slightly misleading as the bulk of the article is actually about the long ...

“Revenge Politics, Revenge Economy, Revenge Culture” dossier (Social Text Periscope)

Social Text, the venerable journal of critical theory, has published a dossier of short pieces on revenge in their online annex, Periscope. The pieces ...

Notes towards a theory of risk management as human sacrifice (and vice versa) (Schemas of Uncertainty)

The following text was originally published in April of 2022 in the online almanac of Schemas of Uncertainty for whose online lecture series it was ...

Recasting the future with Amazon workers (Routledge Handbook of Creative Futures))

By Max Haiven, Graeme Webb and Xenia Benivolski This text is forthcoming in the Routledge International Handbook for Creative Futures, edited by ...

Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire (excerpt)

This excerpt, from the introduction of Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire appeared on the publisher's blog on April 1, 2022. We find ourselves in a ...

Entangled Legacies: Race, finance and inequality (Manchester University Press)

Coming in December of 2022 from Manchester University Press, edited by Paul Gilbert, Clea Bourne, Max Haiven and Johnna Montgomerie: Entangled ...

I Dream of DeFi: A Conversation (Flash Art)

Original --> https://flash---art.com/2021/01/defi-decentralization-crypto-art/ I Dream of DeFi. A Conversation with Ruth Catlow, Max Grünberg, Max ...

Financialization and failure: Lessons from the anxious university (Cultural Politics)

The following is the uncorrected text for a chapter in the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Failure: Critical Perspectives from ...

Debt and Financialization of Childhood (Oxford Bibliographies)

The following text is a not-yet copy-edited draft of Max Haiven. 2022 (in production). “Debt and Financialization of Childhood” in Oxford ...

Our age of uprisings (ROAR Magazine)

I'm very pleased to have contributed a framing article to the ROAR Magazine special issue MOBILIZE!, Published on 15 December 2021. The original ...

“Is Marx still a threat?” Extrablatt (Arts of the Working Class)

In February of 2022, the German Historical Museum in Berlin will open an exhibition on "Karl Marx and Capitalism." They asked the Berlin-based ...

Whither Harmony Square?: Conspiracy Games in Late Capitalism (LA Review of Books)

The following piece by Conspiracy Games and Countergames reseachers Max Haiven, A. T. Kingsmith and Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou was printed in the Los ...

A sci-fi reading/film group for Amazon workers (Sociological Review blog)

I am very pleased to be working with Graeme Webb and Xenia Benivolski on a new project that is piloting a methodology for using science fiction ...

Should Artists ‘Take the Money and Run’? (Art Review)

The following is a preliminary version of the text published on October 6, 2021 in ArtReview: ...

A review of J. Lorand Matory’s The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud and the Gods Black People Make (Journal of Cultural Economy)

This review of Review: J. Lorand Matory’s The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud and the Gods Black People Make will appear later this year in the Journal ...

An ‘anxiety epidemic’ in the financialized university: Critical questions and unexpected resistance (Cultural Politics)

This article, written be me and Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou, will appear in the journal Cultural Politics later in 2021. Financialization, the ...

Money and art: The worst of friends, the best of enemies

The following essay appears in English and Romanian a special issue (#48/49) of the highly-regarded Romanian journal ARTA,  edited by the artist Dan ...

Was the GameStop frenzy an artwork? (Hyperallergic)

This essay originally appeared in HyperAllergic --> https://hyperallergic.com/624288/was-the-gamestop-frenzy-an-artwork/ Was the GameStop ...

The GameStop saga is not the revenge against finance we deserve (Novara)

My essay "The GameStop Saga Is Not the Revenge Against Finance We Deserve" has been published by Truthout here: ...

The power, potential and peril of the GameStop affair (ROAR Magazine)

ROAR Magazine has published my essay "The power, potential and peril of the GameStop affair"  --> ...

Settler Capitalist Multiculturalism, Indigenous Refusal, and the Spectre of Bankruptcy: Rebecca Belmore’s Gone Indian

Haiven, Max. 2020. "Settler Capitalist Multiculturalism, Indigenous Refusal, and the Spectre of Bankruptcy: Rebecca Belmore’s Gone Indian." in The ...

Our Wrecks of the Medusa: A Dialogue

Phanuel Antwi and I prepared this dialogue for publication by Ramallah's AM Qattan Foundation in their ebook Isolation, Separation and Quarantine: ...

Unraveling capitalism’s revenge: An interview (ROAR Magazine)

The following interview, conducted by Liam Hough, appeared in ROAR 0n 26 November 2020: ...

Empires of Pain: A Story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge (graphic novel)

It is my great pleasure to present "Empires of Pain: A story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge," a short 15-page web-comic I produced along with Hugh ...

Orcas are not taking nature’s revenge, but we should (ROAR Magazine)

My essay on endangered whales attacking boats in the Strait of Gibraltar has been published by ROAR Magazine here and below. Here is also an audio ...

Thirteen Theses Toward a Materialist Theory of Revenge Capitalism

My short essay, "Thirteen Theses Toward a Materialist Theory of Revenge Capitalism," has appeared in a new edited collection: Challenging the Right, ...

Revenge Capitalism conversation with Marc Garrett (video)

I spoke with scholar and Furtherfield co-founder and co-director Marc Garrett as part of RadicalxChange's 2020 online conference. We discuss many of ...

“Revenge Spending” Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism (Novara)

Novara has published a short essay "‘Revenge Spending’ Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism" Like the commodification of revenge ...

Rising up against white revenge (ROAR Magazine)

ROAR Magazine has published a short essay I wrote "Rising up against white revenge." The current uprisings reveal that America is haunted by the ...

Revenge Fantasy or Avenging Imaginary? (e-flux)

E-Flux has published an edited excerpt from my book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable ...

Capital’s Vengeful Utopia: Unpayable Debts from Above and Below (L’Internationale)

L'Internationale, the joint online and print publishing initiative of seven major European art institutions, has published a new essay "Capital’s ...

Capitalism as Revenge :: Revenge Against Capitalism An Interview with Max Haiven (Socialism and Democracy)

The journal Socialism and Democracy has published an edited transcript of a  interview with me by C. S. Soong of KPFA's long-form interview show ...

No artist left alive (Arts of the Working Class)

My short, provocative essay "No Artist Left Alive" has appeared in the 11th issue of the Berlin-based broadsheet Arts of the Working Class. It argues ...

Beyond capitalist authoritarianism, the radical imagination

My short essay "Beyond capitalist authoritarianism, the radical imagination" appears in the collection We Resist: Defending the Common Good in Hostile ...

No return to normal: For a post-pandemic liberation

Original at: https://roarmag.org/essays/no-return-to-normal-for-a-post-pandemic-liberation/ Spanish translation: ...

Culture and Financialization: Four Approaches

Citation Haiven, Max. 2020. “Culture and Financialization: Four Approaches.” In The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization, edited by ...

Preparing for Millions to Bury their Smartphones

By Krystian Woznicki An interview with the art collective The University of the Phoenix about responding to the climate crisis with a global secret ...

From anxiety to revolt? Against the financialized university

Original: https://roarmag.org/essays/from-anxiety-to-revolt-against-the-financialized-university/ From anxiety to revolt? Against the ...

Art, Money and Financialization: Six Radical Money Artists on Either Side of 1973

Citation Haiven, Max. 2019. “Art, Money and Financialization: Six Radical Money Artists on Either Side of 1973.” In A Cultural History of Money: The ...

Interview with Max Haiven: Art after Money, Money after Art

Geert Lovink and I had a conversation about my book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization in the context of ...

The Art of Unpayable Debts

Citation Haiven, Max. 2019. “The Art of Unpayable Debts.” In The Sociology of Debt, edited by Mark Featherstone. London: ...

Digital/Debt/Empire interventions series

In the lead up to the Digital/Debt/Empire gathering in April 2019 Public Seminar, the online platform of the New School for Social Research, hosted a ...

Currencies of Exodus: The Hidden Ledger of Proletarian Money Sabotage

Citation Haiven, Max. 2019. “Currencies of the Undercommons: The Hidden Ledger of Proletarian Money Sabotage.” In  State Machines: Reflections and ...

The Colonial Secrets of Canada’s Most Racist City

This essay, published in ROAR Magazine, explores the deep colonial roots of anti-Indigenous racist violence in the city of Thunder Bay. Original: ...

Our Opium Wars: Our Opium Wars The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare

Citation Haiven, Max. 2019. “Our Opium Wars: The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare.” Third Text 32 (5-6): 662-669. ...

Book review: Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization by Max Haven (Roxanne Dubois)

Original: https://cpress.org/arts-culture/news-item-64/ Book review: Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization ...

The Politics of AI-driven Financialization

The Berliner Gazette's Krystian Woznicki interviewed Max Haiven as part of their 2018 thematic track AMBIENT REVOLTS. Originally published in ...

Representing (and Being Represented in) Financialization’s Derivative Sociality

Citation Haiven, Max. 2018. “Representing (and Being Represented in) Financialization’s Derivative Sociality.” In Screening Economies: Money Matters ...

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 ...

Art after Money (Open Democracy)

This essay was originally published on Open Democracy on 10 October 2018. Art after money Max Haiven Banksy’s prank on the art market rhymes with ...

What is the Fate of Creativity Under Capitalism?

This essay originally appeared on the blog of Pluto Press in September of 2018. What is the Fate of Creativity Under Capitalism? Max Haiven I ...
Zachary Gough, Bourdieux: A Social Currency, 2014.

Political Economy at Art School

This article was originally published in Canadian Art in September of 2018. Political Economy at Art School Max Haiven Why we can’t—and ...

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, ...

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 ...

The Crypt of Art, the Decryption of Money, the Encrypted Common and the Problem of Cryptocurrencies

Citation Haiven, Max. 2018. “The Crypt of Art, the Decryption of Money, the Encrypted Common and the Problem of Cryptocurrencies.” In Moneylab Reader ...

The Uses of Financial Literacy

Citation Haiven, Max. 2017. “The Uses of Financial Literacy: Financialization, the Radical Imagination, and the Unpayable Debts of ...

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 ...

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

Original: https://publicseminar.org/2017/09/confronting-financialization-demands-a-radical-cultural-politics/ Cultures of Financialization ...

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 ...

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 ...

Participatory Art within, against and beyond Financialization

Citation Haiven, Max. 2018. “Participatory Art within, against and beyond Financialization: Benign Pessimism, Tactical Parasitics and the Encrypted ...

A Utopia for Money

This essay touches on themes covered in more detail in my book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against ...

Commons as Actuality, Ethos and Horizon

Citation Haiven, Max. 2017. “Commons as Actuality, Ethos and Horizon.” In Educational Commons in Theory and Practice, edited by Alex Means, Graham ...

Beyond the Violence of Colonial Civility: The Art of Raven Davis

Citation Haiven, Max. 2017. “Beyond the Violence of Colonial Civility: The Art of Raven Davis.” In The Art of Civil Action, edited by Pascal Gielen ...

Struggles for a collective counter-accounting

A review essay on Miranda Joseph's Debt to Society:Accounting for Life under Capitalism published in  Dialogues in Human Geography 6(3). In her ...

Ghosts and Vagabonds

Citation Haiven, Max. 2016. “Ghosts and Vagabonds.” In The Vancouver Carts: Photographs by Kelly Wood, 113–20. London: Black Dog. Abstract This ...

The Commons Against Neoliberalism, the Commons of Neoliberalism, the Commons Beyond Neoliberalism

Citation Haiven, Max. 2016. “The Commons Against Neoliberalism, the Commons of Neoliberalism, the Commons Beyond Neoliberalism.” In The Handbook of ...

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

Citation Khasnabish, Alex, and Max Haiven. 2015. “Outside but Along-Side: Stumbling with Social Movements as Academic Activists.” Studies in Social ...

Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies in an Age of Financialisation

Citation Haiven, Max. 2015. “Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies in an Age of Financialisation.” Finance and Society 1 (1): 38–60. ...

Money as a Medium of the Imagination: Art and the Currencies of Cooperation

Citation Haiven, Max. 2015. “Money as a Medium of the Imagination: Art and the Currencies of Cooperation.” In Moneylab Reader: An Intervention in ...

An excerpt from the introduction of Cultures of Financialization (2014)

An excerpt from the introduction to my 2014 book Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life. This ...

The Financialized Imagination – TOPIA 30/31 (2014)

In 2014 I, along with Jody Berland, edited a special double issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies on "The Financialized Imagination."  ...

The Creative and the Derivative: Historicizing Creativity under Post-Bretton Woods Financialization (2014)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2014. “The Creative and the Derivative: Historicizing Creativity under Post-Bretton Woods Financialization.” Radical History ...

The Dammed of the Earth: Reading the Mega-Dam for the Political Unconscious of Globalization (2013)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2013. “The Dammed of the Earth: Reading the Mega-Dam for the Political Unconscious of Globalization.” In Thinking with Water, ...

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

Citation Haiven, Max, and Alex Khasnabish. 2013. “Between Success and Failure: Dwelling with Social Movements in the Hiatus.” Interface: A Journal ...

Walmart, Finance, and the Cultural Politics of Securitization (2013)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2013. “Walmart, Finance, and the Cultural Politics of Securitization.” Cultural Politics 9 (2): 239-262. ...

Networks, Finance Capital and the Fate of the Novel (interview with Hari Kunzru)

This interview was first published in the journal Wasafiri. Hari Kunzru (b. 1969) is a British-born author, journalist and essayist who lives and ...

Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance Is Resistance, and, Anyway, Resistance Is Futile (2013)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2013. “Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance Is Resistance, and, Anyway, Resistance Is Futile.” Mediations 26 (1–2): 85–106. ...

The Metaphoric Wealth of Finance: Or, Capitalism with a Différance (2013)

Citation Haiven, Max, 2013. “The Metaphoric Wealth of Finance: Or, Capitalism with a Différance.” In The Economy as Cultural System: Theory, ...

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 ...

“Halifax Nocturne versus (?) The Spectacle of Neoliberal Civics” 2012

Citation Haiven, Max. 2012. “Halifax Nocturne versus (?) The Spectacle of Neoliberal Civics.” PUBLIC: Art, Culture, Ideas 45 (July): 79–93. ...

“Can Pikachu Save Fannie Mae? Value, Finance and Imagination in the New Pokeconomy” (2012)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2012. “Can Pikachu Save Fannie Mae? Value, Finance and Imagination in the New Pokeconomy.” Cultural Studies 26 (4): 516–541. ...

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

Citation Haiven, Max. 2011. “Finance as Capital’s Imagination?: Reimagining Value and Culture in an Age of Fictitious Capital and Crisis.” Social ...

“Are Your Children Old Enough to Learn About May ’68?: Recalling the Radical Event, Refracting Utopia, and Commoning Memory” (2011)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2011. “Are Your Children Old Enough to Learn About May ’68?: Recalling the Radical Event, Refracting Utopia, and Commoning ...

What is the Radical Imagination? (2011)

Alec Icky Dunn - from justseeds.org In 2011 Alex Khasnabish and I edited a special issue of Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and ...

Food(&)Sovereignty (2009)

In 2009 Scott Stoneman and I edited a special issue of the online, open-access journal Politics and Culture on the topic of ...

“The Financial Crisis as a Crisis of Imagination” (2010)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2010. “The Financial Crisis as a Crisis of Imagination.” Cultural Logic 30 ...

“Privatizing Resistance: AdBusters and the Culture of Neoliberalism” (2007)

Citaiton Haiven, Max. 2007. “Privatizing Resistance: AdBusters and the Culture of Neoliberalism.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural ...

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