Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication; History
Office Hours: By appointment
Ben Kafka is a psychoanalyst, cultural historian, and critic. His first book, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork (Zone Books, 2012), explored the material, cultural, and unconscious origins of our conflicts with bureaucracy. He is currently working on a small project about raising children around analog media (books, newspapers, magazines, records, film...) and a larger project about critical theory's search for a grand unified theory of unhappiness. He sees adult and adolescent patients in private practice.
Prof. Kafka is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and serves as chair of its executive committee; co-editor of History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History; a member of the editorial board of Grey Room; and a member of the advisory board of the Feminist Theory Archives at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown. He has held visiting positions at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie at the Bauhaus-Universität (IKKM Weimar).
He has cross-appointments in the Departments of History, Comparative Literature, and French.