Join us from August 10-21 in Thunder Bay for a two-week intensive dedicated to exploring the space between art, activism and critical inquiry on the topic: where to anti-capitalist and anti-colonial struggles intersect.

Check back for more updates in March 2020.


August 10-21. Seminars and workshops run Monday through Friday, 1-3pm and 4-6pm. Outside of that time, students will read texts and work individually and collectively on projects.


Lead instructor: Dr. Max Haiven, Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at lakehead University

Guest lecturers and advisors: TBA

This two-week interdisciplinary intensive course explores the connections and tensions between anti-capitalist and anti-colonial struggles today and historically, at the intersection of critical inquiry, creative practice, and social activism.

In-class activities are divided between (a) seminars discussing theoretical and historical questions and (b) practice-driven workshops on methods of creative intervention, including through multimedia production, creative writing, performance and participatory methods, and visual media.

This course is open to students from a wide variety of backgrounds and will include guest speakers/facilitators (scholars, artists/writers, activists) and the participation of members of the community. The required course components will be accompanied by several optional extracurricular activities. Enrolled students will collaborate on small creative projects and, individually or in teams, produce either a final research project or a creative project accompanied by reflexive writing.

RiVAL is a multi-purpose studio space for projects including print (Risograph, perfect binder, Adobe Suite), audio (microphone and recorder kits, Adobe Suite), video (DSLR, audio kits, lighting kit, teleprompter, Adobe Suite), writing, and creative movement. Please email for more information.

Students should expect 10-15 hours per week of out-of-class work to accompany the in-class activities.

This course is intensive and demanding, but will be extremely rewarding, possible life-altering.


All events will take place at RiVAL’s space and other facilities in Lakehead University’s PACI Building (also housing the Law School) in Thunder Bay.

For out-of-town participants, information will be posted soon about affordable accommodation options.

Thunder Bay is 2h Northwest of Toronto by air, with many flights daily from both Toronto Pearson and Toronto Island airports. It is roughly 14 from Toronto by car, 8h from Winnipeg, 6h from Minneapolis and 3h from Duluth.


This class is open to three different groups

  • Graduate and upper-year undergraduate students at Lakehead University (credit is offered through the English and Social Justice programs – please register via normal procedures)
  • Graduate and upper-year undergraduate students at other Universities who wish to apply for transfer credits (please contact us for assistance)
  • Members of the general public (online registration will be available soon)

Costs and logistics

  • Enrolled students: you are required to pay tuition fees to Lakehead University in order to enroll in this class for university credit
  • General public: there will be a minimal fee for participation to help us cover costs.
  • Transportation and accommodation: those not resident in Thunder Bay will need to cover the costs of transportation to/from the city and also accommodation. We will soon post links to inexpensive options.
  • Subsidies: RiVAL will offer modest subsidies to assist with the costs of participation (tuition and/or transportation/accommodation). We will announce the application process in the Spring.


For more information, contact RiVAl co-director Max Haiven: [mhaiven] at []

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