Max Haiven

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair

Phone Number: 
+1 807-343-8282
Office Location: 
Office - RB3043
ReImagining Value Action Lab - PACI 2002
Office Hours: 
email for appointment 
Academic Qualifications: 

Ph.D. English and Cultural Studies – McMaster University (2010)

M.A. Globalization Studies – McMaster University (2005)

B.A. Sociology (Hons. First Class) – Saint Mary’s University (2004)

Date joined Lakehead: 
January 2017
Previous Teaching/Work: 

2013-2016 Assistant Professor – Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Division of Historical and Critical Studies, Halifax

2011-2013 Post-doctoral Fellow – New York University, Department of Art and Public Policy, New York

2010-2011 Post-doctoral Fellow – Mount Saint Vincent University Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Halifax


Research Interests: 

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the power of the imagination as a cultural, political, economic and sociological force.

One dimension of my work is dedicated to understanding the role of the imagination in the reproduction of global capitalism, in particular the realm of finance and "fictitious capital." I also look at how critical and radical artists approach money.

A second dimension of my work focuses on social movements and, in particular, the radical imagination that animates the struggle for a better world.

I am currently working on a book on revenge.

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