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April 28, 2020  

Revenge Capitalism seminar (2/4) - money, debt and other terrors

This is the lecture component of the second of a four-part seminar on Max Haiven's forthcoming book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts (maxhaiven.com/revengecapitalism), published by Pluto Press in May 2020. In it, Haiven offers an overview of the book as well as more detail on two chapters (one on debt, one on money) and two briefer, inter-chapter interludes (one on Merchant of Venice, one on Moby-Dick).

April 27, 2020  

Lecture: Revenge Capitalism (1/4) - overview and materialist approaches

This is an audio recording of the opening lecture to the first of four online seminars offered by RiVAL co-director Max Haiven on the topic of his forthcoming book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts (May 2020, Pluto Books). In it, Haiven gives a chapter-by-chapter overview of the book and focuses on the introduction and first chapter exploring what it means to explore revenge from a materialist perspective.

This lecture is also available for viewing on RiVAL's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEQ2uiW_930

March 23, 2020  

No Return to Normal: No return to normal: for a post-pandemic liberation

Today, new forms of solidarity, mutual aid, and common struggle are emerging in the pandemic. How will they shape tomorrow’s struggles for a post-capitalist world?

Published in ROAR Magazine, 23 March 2020 and also as the post-script to Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts, due out May 2020 from Pluto Books

February 7, 2020  

Is there a radical potential in the epidemic of student anxiety on today’s campuses (Max Haiven)

Today, the problem of anxiety among students on university campuses has reached epidemic proportion, gaining the attention and concern not only of university administrators and government officials but the general public as well.  What is wrong with the kids these days? In this presentation, Dr. Max Haiven, Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice and co-director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL) explores the link between this "epidemic" and financialization: the transformation of society towards an increasingly anxiety-inducing, cut-throat competitive idiom.

Recorded in Thunder Bay (Canada) in October of 2019, Haiven outlines a new research agenda he is pursuing with Dr. Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou (University College London) to explore the hidden radical potential of the anxiety epidemic. Without discounting the terrible toll it is taking on millions of young people or the challenges it poses to universities and their staff, Haiven and Komporozos-Athanasiou propose that it may represent a rejection of financialized society and hold the seeds for a different vision of the future. They see the university as a crucial site of struggle.

Komporozos-Athanasiou and Haiven's writing on the subject can be found here: https://roarmag.org/essays/from-anxiety-to-revolt-against-the-financialized-university/

In this recording

  • PART ONE: Introduction: Financialization and the anxiety epidemic (00:00 - 12:30)
  • PART TWO: Three individualizing explanations for a crisis of individualism (12:30 - 23:40)
  • PART THREE: Our era of financialization (23:40 - 40:19)
  • PART FOUR: The anxious university and the university of anxiety (40:19 - 54:03)
  • EPILOGUE: What comes next? (54:03-59:27)

Some of the charts and visuals referred to in the talk:

 

 

May 10, 2019  

(2) Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire: Traces of Nitrate and Museum of British Colonialism

"Tracing Imperial Legacies: Interventions" with the Traces of Nitrate project and the Museum of British Colonialism.

On April 5-6, 2019 RiVAL was among the hosts of a two-day symposium at the University of Sussex on the topic of "Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire" which brought together artists, activists and academics. For more information, visit: http://rival.lakeheadu.ca/ghostsofempire/

This second panel brought together two important projects that aim to trace the material, cultural and financial legacies of empire.

The Museum of British Colonialism is a UK / Kenyan collective encouraging a more truthful account of Britain’s colonial past through a wide variety of media interventions. Their first exhibition has focused on Mau-Mau detention centres.  museumofbritishcolonialism.org.

Traces of Nitrate: Mining History and Photography Between Britain and Chile explores the histories and legacies of British investment in Chilean nitrate mines and involvement in its global trafficking. Through an examination of sites, artifacts and images, the project traces nitrate’s route from natural mineral state processed in the oficinas of the Atacama desert through transported commodity and stock market exchange value to become, ultimately, part of the material and symbolic inheritances of London mansions and of estates in the capital’s surrounding countryside. It undertakes new photographic documentation of geographically disparate but historically connected landscapes, remote nitrate fields and metropolitan financial districts, accompanied by an analysis of nitrate’s material and visual culture. tracesofnitrate.org

May 10, 2019  

(1) Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire: K-Sue Park and Jerome Roos in conversation

On April 5-6, 2019 RiVAL was among the hosts of a two-day symposium at the University of Sussex on the topic of "Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire" which brought together artists, activists and academics. For more information, visit: http://rival.lakeheadu.ca/ghostsofempire/

This inaugural panel begins with a dialogue between K-Sue Park and Jerome Roos on the topic of "Race, colonialism and debt, past and present"

K-Sue Park is the Critical Race Studies Fellow at UCLA School of Law for 2017-2019. She was previously an Equal Justice Works Fellow from 2015-2017, during which time she investigated predatory mortgage lending schemes and practiced foreclosure and eviction defense in the El Paso office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Her scholarship examines the creation of the American real estate system and the historical connections between property law, immigration law, and American Indian law.

Jerome Roos is a Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and founding editor of ROAR Magazine. His first book, Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt, is now out from Princeton University Press.

January 31, 2019  

Marx’s Vindication or Marx’s Revenge? (Max Haiven)

This talk, "Marx's Vindication or Marx's Revenge?" by RiVAL co-director Max Haiven, was recorded in March of 2018 at the "200 anos de Marx" conference in Lisbon, hosted by Bloco Esquarda (Left Block). Slides here.

January 29, 2019  

Connecting Queer and Indigenous Struggles (Gary Kinsman)

On January 23, 2019, Dr. Gary Kinsman presented a talk titled "Connecting Queer and Indigenous Struggles: The Canadian War on Queers, Police Repression, the Charter and Settler Homonationalism" - Click here for Powerpoint slides.

January 28, 2019  

The colonial secrets of Canada’s most racist city (Max Haiven)

This essay, originally published in ROAR Magazine, unpacks the deeper roots of the crisis of racist violence in the Canadian city of Thunder Bay in capitalism and colonialism.

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