On April 14, RiVAL co-director Max Haiven, along with Dr. Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou of University College London, organized a very special event – a scholarly, collaborative walking tour of the City of London (historic financial district) to explore the relationship of finance and the imagination. With 16 presenters, including academics, activists and artists, it was a very successful day. An self-guided audio tour and blog posts from the contributors will soon be published.
In collaboration with the Political Economic Research Centre at Goldsmiths University, RiVAL has issued a call for both blog posts and full length scholarly essays on the topic of Colonial Debts, Extractive Nostalgias, Imperial Insolvencies.
In January 2018 RiVAL directors Cassie Thornton and Max Haiven offered two workshops in Thunder Bay in cooperation with the New Directions Speakers’ School: one on alternative financial literacy (offered twice), one on designing alternatives institutions for public safety beyond policing.
RiVAL partnered with the Department of English at Lakehead University in March to bring Halifax-based poet, scholar and activist El Jones to speak on the topic of “Poetry Defiant: Free Speech in an Age of Racist Reaction” and read from her recently published collection of poetry Live from the Afrikan Resistance!, the latter hosted at RiVAL.