Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, located on Anishinaabe lands on the North shore of Gichi-Gami under the Robinson-Superior Treaty (Thunder Bay, Canada).

He is co-director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL).

His most recent books are Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (2018) and Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts (2020).

Haiven is editor of VAGABONDS, a series of short, radical books from Pluto Press.

Recent

Revenge Against Revenge: Biden’s Revenge Politics and “The Cure at Troy”
08 March 2021
Was the GameStop frenzy an artwork?
25 February 2021
Empires of Pain: A Story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge (graphic novel)
24 October 2020

Events

Upcoming

Past

The vengeance of unpayable debts: Racial capitalism and the reclaiming of debts from below
Join us for a conversation on zoom between Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Max Haiven, Hannah Appel and Denise Ferreira da Silva on April 23 (noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern, 8pm London, 9pm Central Europe) REGISTER: https://forms.gle/9KdDW68926fHKWGEA How...
The Struggle for the Post-Pandemic Imagination
Online event, 9:30am EST, April 7, 2021 - Hosted by the Third Age Learning program of Lakehead University. Part of the "Pivot(al): Possibilities for a Post-pandemic World" lecture series of the Third Age Learning program of Lakehead University. - More...
From the radical imagination to revenge capitalism (and back)
Online public  talk for the Swedish Royal Institute of Art's Collective Practice Research Course. More information coming soon. Ours is an age when the contradictions of a capitalism rooted in patriarchy and imperialism have accelerated to such an extent...
Imagining New Stories
This event is part of the Communities of Care Speaker Series brought to you by the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, UBC. Registration: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SMlv6cfrVgV5zf Date: Thursday, March 25th 2021 Time: 5:00pm to...
Revenge Film Club (for the holidays)
A weekly club to discuss films about revenge, in conjunction with the release of Max Haiven's book Revenge Capitalism. Noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern, 8pm London on Tuesdays, Dec 15-Jan 12. Watch the films when you like, where you like. Join Max and...
'Revenge is a human dream': On the poetics and politics of avenging
An online discussion between Phanuel Antwi and Max Haiven's about themes in the latter's new book Revenge Capitalism, 7 May at 7pm BST. Part of Radical May.

Books

Projects

A workshop for the radical imagination, social justice, and decolonization, co-directed by Max Haiven and Cassie Thornton, with a base in Anishinaabe territories on the North Shore of Lake Superior (Thunder Bay, Canada) and activities online and around the world.

A series of radical pamphlets to fan the flames of discontent.

Too combative for polite academic company and too thoughtful for the outrage spin cycle.

Published by Pluto Press in print and online and edited by Max Haiven.

The world’s first for-profit institution for higher learning that trains the living and the dead to rise up together to avenge the crimes and cruelties of global capitalism.

A platform for performance, ritual, and revenge, often operating as an art project, from Cassie Thornton and Max Haiven.

The Amazon Observatory

A collaboration of scholars, activists and artists seeking to understand and challenge the form of capitalism that the Amazon corporation is trying to create.

Conspiracy Games and Counter-Games

A network of scholars and a research project to explore and confront contemporary conspiratorialism through the power of games and gaming.

The Strange Bedfellowship

In an era when capitalism and colonialism have stolen our dreams or put them to work, how can we dream together anew?

Revenge Against Revenge: Biden’s Revenge Politics and “The Cure at Troy”
08 March 2021
This essay first appeared on March 8, 2021 in The Los Angeles Review of Books: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/revenge-against-revenge-bidens-revenge-politics-and-the-cure-at-troy/ An audio version can be found here. WITH...
Was the GameStop frenzy an artwork?
25 February 2021
This essay originally appeared in HyperAllergic --> https://hyperallergic.com/624288/was-the-gamestop-frenzy-an-artwork/ Was the GameStop scandal some kind of massive, participatory activist artwork? In late January and early February tens of...
Revenge capitalism and the drug war
03 February 2021
I was interviewed by  the fascinating Podcast The Brief about the opioids crisis and revenge politics. It's available here: http://thebriefpodcast.com/revenge-capitalism-the-drug-war/
The GameStop saga is not the revenge against finance we deserve
03 February 2021
My essay "The GameStop Saga Is Not the Revenge Against Finance We Deserve" has been published by Truthout here: https://truthout.org/audio/the-gamestop-saga-is-not-the-revenge-against-finance-we-deserve/ https://youtu.be/yjGhxek7V-s “There’s...
The power, potential and peril of the GameStop affair
03 February 2021
ROAR Magazine has published my essay "The power, potential and peril of the GameStop affair"  --> https://roarmag.org/essays/gamestop-affair-financialized-resistance/   There...
Our Wrecks of the Medusa: A Dialogue
24 January 2021
Phanuel Antwi and I prepared this dialogue for publication by Ramallah's AM Qattan Foundation in their ebook Isolation, Separation and Quarantine: More than a Pandemic, published in December 2020 in Arabic and English (PDF here). The following...
Unraveling capitalism’s revenge: An interview
26 November 2020
The following interview, conducted by Liam Hough, appeared in ROAR 0n 26 November 2020: https://roarmag.org/essays/max-haiven-revenge-capitalism-interview/ In his new book, Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the...
Empires of Pain: A Story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge (graphic novel)
24 October 2020
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 Goldring of Petroglyph/AdAstra Comix and beautifully illustrated by Pia Alizé Hazarika. --> empiresofpain.com The...
Orcas are not taking nature's revenge, but we should
24 September 2020
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 version: Last week wildfires raged...
Thirteen Theses Toward a Materialist Theory of Revenge Capitalism
31 August 2020
My short essay, "Thirteen Theses Toward a Materialist Theory of Revenge Capitalism," has appeared in a new edited collection: Challenging the Right, Augmenting the Left Recasting Leftist Imagination, edited by Robert Latham A.T. Kingsmith Julian von...
"Art, debt, capitalism and revenge" lecture at Slade
02 August 2020
A video of an illustrated lecture I gave (virtually) at The Slade School at UCL in May.  It offers something of an overview of my work to date, encompassing, in a short 50 minutes my books The Radical Imagination, Cultures of Financialization, Art after...
Revenge Capitalism conversation with Marc Garrett (video)
23 July 2020
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 the key themes in my book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling...
"Revenge Spending" Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism
21 July 2020
Novara has published a short essay "‘Revenge Spending’ Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism" Like the commodification of revenge culture, the instrumentalisation of revenge politics by the far-right preys upon and offers a false solution...
The Order of Unmanageable Risks podcast launch: June 15
13 June 2020
We are pleased to launch The Order of Unmanageable Risks: A Podcast about Capitalism and Anxiety on June 15 at 9am EST, 2pm BST. Join hosts Max Haiven and Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou over on YouTube for a brief discussion of the podcast's objectives...
Rising up against white revenge
03 June 2020
ROAR Magazine has published a short essay I wrote "Rising up against white revenge." The current uprisings reveal that America is haunted by the reality of white revenge and manufactured fears of Black revenge. But the tide is turning Read the original...
The Order of Unmanageable Risks podcast
27 May 2020
The Order of Unmanageable Risks is an eclectic podcast about the crisis of anxiety in our society today and its links to the system of capitalism. In a series of interviews...
Revenge Fantasy or Avenging Imaginary?
22 May 2020
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 Debts. https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/revenge-capitalism-the-ghosts-of-empire-the-demons-of-capital-and-the-settling-of-unpayable-debts/9990 The...
Capital’s Vengeful Utopia: Unpayable Debts from Above and Below
15 May 2020
L'Internationale, the joint online and print publishing initiative of seven major European art institutions, has published a new essay "Capital’s Vengeful Utopia: Unpayable Debts from Above and Below" which addresses themes in my new book Revenge Capitalism:...
Capitalism as Revenge :: Revenge Against Capitalism An Interview with Max Haiven in Socialism and Democracy
13 May 2020
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 Against the Grain. (You can listen to the interview here). Below is an uncorrected version of the text....
In conversation with Phanuel Antwi about REVENGE CAPITALISM
08 May 2020
I was thrilled to talk with my friend Dr. Phanuel Antwi about my new book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts as part of my publisher Pluto's contribution to the Radical May series of online...
No artist left alive
25 April 2020
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 that, as we emegre from that pandemic, artists and their supporters should consider anti-capitalist strategies...
Beyond capitalist authoritarianism, the radical imagination
24 April 2020
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...
On Covid-19, capitalism and what comes after (Audio - This in Hell - 50m)
13 April 2020
The radio program This is Hell! interviewed me about my recent article (and post-script to my forthcoming book Revenge Caitalism) in ROAR Magazine "No Return to Normal: For a Post-Pandemic Liberation." The interview portion begins at the 18:00 mark.
"Max Haiven on the desire for vengeance and the demons of capital" interview on Pretty Heady Stuff podcast (1h)
30 March 2020
My old friend Scott Stoneman interviewed me for his podcast Pretty Heady Stuff about themes in my forthcoming book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts  and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
No return to normal: For a post-pandemic liberation (ROAR Magazine plus audio)
21 March 2020
Original at: https://roarmag.org/essays/no-return-to-normal-for-a-post-pandemic-liberation/ Spanish translation: http://comunizar.com.ar/sin-retorno-la-normalidad-una-liberacion-poscoronavirus/ The following is a postscript to Max Haiven’s Revenge...
The Politics of the Opioid Crisis on KPFA's Against the Grain (audio)
09 March 2020
I was pleased to have an opportunity to talk through some of the themes in a chapter titled "Our Opium Wars Pain, race, and the ghosts of empire" in my forthcoming book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling...
Introduction to Art After Money, Money After Art (audio)
28 February 2020
An audio recording of the introduction to Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (2018).
Four-part interview with The Conversation on art and money (audio)
28 February 2020
In the Spring and Summer of 2019 The Conversation Art Podcast was kind enough to publish a four-part interview with me about my 2018 book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization.
"Culture and Financialization: Four Approaches" (2020)
13 February 2020
Citation Haiven, Max. 2020. “Culture and Financialization: Four Approaches.” In The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization, edited by Natasha van der Zwan, Daniel Mertens, and Philip Mader. London and New York: Routledge. Abstract This...
Is there a radical potential in the epidemic of student anxiety on today’s campuses? (Audio)
07 February 2020
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...