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

Biography, Education and Training


My work, most broadly, operates at the intersection of cultural anthropology, intellectual history, and critical theory, where I chart practices of wartime representation and conceptualizations of the violent. The politics and poetics of journalism – through which devastation, ruination, and suffering become objects of knowledge – remains an abiding concern, as do the roles of secularism, humanitarianism, and storytelling in media coverage of conflict. As an ethnographer, I engage with correspondents in Baghdad, Beirut, and Kabul, with whom I examine the discursive formations of news-making and map the institutions, technologies, and social intimacies driving the journalistic endeavor. I am an affiliate researcher at the American University of Beirut and a contributing editor at Kyoto Journal, and I am currently working on a film about Boasian anthropology. I previously studied at Stanford University, Evergreen College, and Antaiji.