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Isaac Samuel Blacksin
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Affiliations Anthropology Department
  • Phone
    831-459-3981
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 421
    • Humanities 1, Rm 416
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness

Biography, Education and Training

My work, most broadly, operates at the intersection of media anthropology, political theory, and narratology, where I chart practices of wartime knowledge-production and imaginations of violence. Since 2014, I’ve conducted an ethnographic study of journalists in the Middle East, which forms the basis of my dissertation, “Meaningful Violence: War Reportage in Iraq, Syria, and Beyond.” Here I consider how the language, labor, and technics of journalism structure societal fantasies and satisfy consumer desire, reproducing hegemonic understanding of what war is. I am an affiliate researcher in Anthropology, Sociology, and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, co-editor of a special issue of boundary 2 on Norman O. Brown and, previously, a contributing editor at Kyoto Journal. My latest publication is “Violence, Magic, Certainty: A Journalistic Worlding,” in Worlding Asia, forthcoming from Duke University Press.