Ben Kafka

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication; History

Ben Kafka

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30-12:00

Ben Kafka teaches psychoanalysis, critical theory, and cultural history in NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst, providing treatment to adults and adolescents under a NYS limited permit. His first book, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork (Zone Books, 2012) investigates the historical, material, and unconscious origins of our conflicts with bureaucracy. He's now working on several new projects, including a small book on the pleasures of analog media (books, records, film stock) and a larger project on magical thinking under late capitalism.

Kafka is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, where he currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the advisory board of the Feminist Theory Archives at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. He is co-editor of History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History and co-director of NYU's Interdisciplinary Freud Studies Group.



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