VIRTUAL EVENT: IAS Talking Points Seminar - Is ours an age of revenge capitalism
20 May 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
The IAS is delighted to welcome Visiting Research Fellow Dr Max Haiven for this talk. Respondents: Professor Esther Leslie (BBK) and Dr Antonio Andreoni (IIPP, UCL). Chaired by Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou (UCL Department of Social Science)
This event is free.
Institute of Advanced Studies
This talk presents some of the key arguments from Dr Haiven's forthcoming (May 2020) book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts (Pluto Books). Against a tendency to see "anger," "resentment" and "populism" as exceptional pathologies of today's political sphere, the author argues that they stem from, and help to reproduce, a global capitalist economy that itself might be understood as systemically vengeful. Matters are complicated by the way such a system also influences how we imagine what revenge is and does. Revenge capitalism has its roots in the history of colonialism and empire and is today is characterised by the global rule of unpayable debts, the plight of surplussed populations, and the processes of the hyperenclosure of social life. In contrast to the explosion of destructive revenge fantasies to which revenge capitalism gives rise, the author proposes the cultivation of an avenging imaginary as a project of collective liberation.
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