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Welcome to the ReImagining Value Action Lab

The ReImagining Action Lab, which will be launched in September of 2017, is a collaborative workshop for research, media and activism under the auspices of Lakehead University’s Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice, held by Dr. Max Haiven.

RiVAL aims to create a space and a platform for academics, artists, activists, students and community-member to work together on vital issues of social justice, local and global.  Headquartered in a purpose-built facility on Lakehead University’s downtown PACI campus in Anishinaabe territory under the Robinson-Superior Treaty (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada), but with a global set of collaborators and partners, RiVAL focuses its attention on a core set of themes.

Upcoming events

Activities (2017-2018)


RiVAL publishes an occasional series of misfit peer-reviewed texts that activate the radical imagination. Texts are radical, rigorous and resonant and released in print, online and through multimedia and web platforms. Vagabonds, named in honour of all those who have been criminalized in exile and for their wandering, aims to generate and share ideas that matter.

Feminist Economics Yoga

RiVAL research affiliate Cassie Thornton leads a series of yoga workshops aimed at liberating our bodies and minds from the contortions of the predatory, debt-fueled economy. Classes, which are open to everyone and are accessible to beginners and people with all bodies and mobility levels, are held weekly in RiVAL’s PACI space.

Financial Literacy for the 99%

While conventional financial literacy education stresses personal responsibility and agency in too often ignores the structural and systemic roots of debt, poverty and finance. RiVAL director Max Haiven and associate Cassie Thornton, under the banner of their project The University of the Phoenix, lead workshops that seek to offer a bigger picture and approach financial literacy from the perspective of social justice.

Film Screening and Discussions

In the fall of 2017, in conjunction with RiVAL director Max Haiven’s graduate class on the Radical Imagination at Lakehead University, the public is invited to join us for weekly film screenings of documentary and narrative films about struggles for liberation. From the abolition of slavery to the closing of prisons to the ending of work as we know it.


RiVAL hosts visiting speakers and researchers on a regular basis. In 2017-2018 our broad theme is abolition and seeking answers to crime, violence and injustice outside the police, courts and prison system. Stay tuned for more.

Podcast and Media

In 2017-2018 RiVAL will be rolling out a new podcast and a YouTune channel that will include recordings of our events, interviews with thinkers and activists and critical conversations about our core themes. Stay tuned for more details.


We relay recent publications by members, affiliates and friends of the ReImagining Value Action Lab.


RiVAL organizes and collaborates with a wide diversity of other organizations and institutions to host and support research and public events in Thunder Bay and around the world.

Collaborations and Partnerships

RiVAL is eager to work with local and global research and social justice initiatives towards joint projects and fruitful collaborations.