William Mazzarella

William Mazzarella is Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He writes on the political anthropology of mass publicity, critical theory, affect and aesthetics, psychoanalysis, ritual and performance, and the occult shadow of the modern. His most recent research involves the subject of charisma, and the use of psychoanalysis and the figure of the analyst for thinking politics. His books include Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (Duke, 2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (Duke, 2013), and The Mana of Mass Society (Chicago, 2017), and he is the co-author of Sovereignty, Inc: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment (Chicago, 2020). He is also the co-editor, with Raminder Kaur, of Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction (Indiana, 2009), and the editor of K D Katrak, Collected Poems (Poetrywala, 2016).