Talks and visits
Anti-ethnography film screening (Oct 27) – Filmmakers Adam and Zach Khalil presented a curated selection of video works that examined the violence inherent in the ethnographic impulse, and unveiled the absurd fetishism underpinning the discipline. Read more.
F*ck your celebrity crush: A call for pleasure activism (Nov 8) – Dr. Ardath Whynacht of Mount Allison University presented feminist and queer perspectives on media, pleasure and power. Read more.
Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present book launch (Nov 23) – Montreal-based activist and author Robyn Maynard discussed her new book. Read more.
Feminist Economics Yoga – This fall RiVAL co-director Cassie Thornton led free weekly classes on feminist economics using yoga to explore the embodied dimensions of debt, capitalism, patriarchy and white-supremacy. Read more.
Board games – This fall we hosted a monthly activist-oriented board games night to study the power of play to transform the imagination. Read more.
Meetings – Throughout the term RiVAL hosted a number of community meetings on topics of social justice, anti-racism and creative resistance.
Welcome to Dr. Ezra Winton, visiting researcher – Winton has joined RiVAL as a visiting researcher for 2017-2019. He is a co-founder of Cinema Politica, the world’s largest documentary film screening network dedicated to social justice and is working on several writing projects engaging with curating, film festivals, documentary, social movements and Indigenous representation in Canada’s media arts. He will be working with RiVAL to extend his already influential research on documentary film in Canada through an exploration of a new genre Cinema Politica calls “documentary futurism.” Read more on Winton and read more on documentary futurism.
“Colonial debts, extractive nostalgias, imperial insolvencies” workshop (London UK) – RiVAL helped spearhead a unique gathering of scholars and activists at Goldsmiths University. Read more.
Vagabonds publications – RiVAL publishes an occasional series of peer-review working papers to inspire and inflame the radical imagination simultaneously in print, online and as audio-books. Read more.
“Notes towards a materialist theory of revenge: The lives of witches” by Max Haiven – VAGABONDS001 (Fall 2017) – The first publication strives to outline a theory of the capitalist revenge economy and the way it gives rise to a racist revenge politics. Read more.
Multimedia production – RiVAL hosts a multimedia production studio and regularly collaborates with scholars, activists and others on producing websites, podcasts, videos and more
Classes – This fall, RiVAL co-director Dr. Max Haiven’s graduate class (cross-listed between English and Social Justice Studies) on the radical imagination met weekly at RiVAL. This year’s theme was “abolitionism.” Check out the syllabus.
University of the Phoenix – RiVAL co-directors Max Haiven and Cassie Thornton collaborate on a research/creation project that looks at the relationship between debt, finance, ghosts and power. Posing as the world’s first “for-prophet university for the dead,” they organize critical collective rituals and transformative seances as a means to awaken the radical imagination and reimagine value. Read more.