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Dean Published in Two Journals

Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean recently had two articles published in peer-reviewed open access journals. The two articles extend Dean’s influential notion of communicative capitalism. “Affective Networks” appears in the Canadian media studies journal MediaTropes volume 2 number 2.

“This article sets out the idea of affective networks as a constitutive feature of communicative capitalism. It explores the circulation of intensities in contemporary information and communication networks, arguing that this circulation should be theorized in terms of the psychoanalytic notion of the drive. The article includes critical engagements with theorists such as Guy Debord, Jacques Lacan, Tiziana Terranova, and Slavoj Zizek,” according to Dean’s abstract. The full text is available at

“The Real Internet” appears in the International Journal of Zizek Studies volume four number one (available at According to Dean’s abstract, “This piece looks at the implications of Zizek’s work on cyberspace for understanding the ideology of communicative capitalism. Emphasizing the role of the decline of symbolic efficiency in theorizing virtuality, the author extends the analysis into the field of practices known as Web 2.0. She argues that Zizek’s work on drive opens up the internet as Real and employs it in a critique of Kittler and Hansen.”

Dean has been with the Colleges since 1993. She received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a past recipient of the faculty award for scholarship. Dean is also the author of a wide-ranging body of work including “Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace,” “Publicity’s Secret: How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy” and “Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies.”