April 27, 2020
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
May 10, 2019
"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
January 28, 2019
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.