Financialization, extraction and colonialism

The crisis unleashed in 2008 has drawn renewed academic and activist attention to the financial sector’s economic, political, sociological and cultural dynamics and ramifications. Likewise, the ongoing global ecological crisis has focused attention on the extractive industries including mining, oil and gas and water privatization. How are these processes connected, and how do they intersect colonialism, neocolonialism and settler-colonialism?

Debt, financial literacy and the radical imagination

In an age of financialization, debt is not merely an issue of personal finances, it is a profound social, cultural and political force. What might a financial literacy look like that took these broader tendencies into account, and that linked debt to neoliberalism, gender-based oppression, racism and (settler-)colonialism? Such a literacy would open pathways to the radical imagination.

Revenge politics and the prospects for democracy

How does revenge, a dark theme we believed banished to the margins of modern politics, take on a new life in an age of pathological uncertainty? How has democracy been weaponized against itself in the name of deepening capitalist inequality and social violence? And how is revenge politics tied to legacies and contemporary patterns of exploitation, oppression and injustice based on race, gender and class? Is another democracy possible?

Commons and platforms

The breathtaking development of new communication technologies has unleashed vast new inequalities and injustices, but also holds the promise of platforms for new modes of cooperation and social justice. Beyond the silky rhetoric of the so-called “sharing economy” and the stardom of tech entrepreneurs, can the notion of the commons help us navigate this terrain and reclaim the potential of communities and technology?