Ben Kafka

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Ben Kafka

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30-12:00

Ben Kafka teaches the history and theory of communication in NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst, working with 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 at work on several new projects, including a small book on the pleasures of analog media (books, records, film) and a larger project on magical thinking under late capitalism.

Professor Kafka is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, where he currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee. He is also 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.

He has cross-appointments in the Departments of History and French.



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