Ben Kafka

Associate Professor of Media Theory and History

New York University

Ben Kafka is an Associate Professor of Media Theory and History at NYU and a candidate psychoanalyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR-IPA). His first book, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork (Zone Books, 2012; French translation, Le démon de l'écriture, Éditions Zones Sensibles, 2013) investigates the historical, material, and unconscious origins of our conflicts with bureaucracy. He is currently working on a new project about forms of magical thinking under late capitalism and co-directing NYU's Interdisciplinary Freud Studies Group. He sees adult and adolescent patients at the IPTAR Clinical Center.

Kafka has been a member of the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts; the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study; the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar; and, since 2007, the New York Institute for the Humanities, where he currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the 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 a member of the editorial board of Grey Room.