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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.

February 1, 2019  

Our Opium Wars: The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare (Max Haiven)

Third Text has just published RiVAL co-director Max Haiven's short essay "Our Opium Wars: The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare." Here it is in audio format.

The prescription opioid crisis in the United States is among the worst human-caused public health disasters in modern history, with over 500,000 dead and by some estimates almost 5% of the American population ‘misusing’ these drugs. This article supplies some unusual resources for understanding that crisis and the way it inherits a legacy of empire, now transfigured for a corporate age. From the museums funded by the sale of these drugs to the British-led Opium Wars to the present-day racialised dimensions of the epidemic, much can be gained from dwelling with its tangled and haunted complexities. The article concludes with a consideration of Susan Buck-Morss’s reading of Walter Benjamin’s meditations on the aestheticisation of politics in an age of what she calls capitalist anaesthetics.

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 31, 2019  
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.