Constantine V. Nakassis

About

Contact Information

Office: Haskell 324
Phone: (773) 834-4810
Email: cnakassi@uchicago.edu
Website: http://www.nakassis.com/constantine

Constantine V. Nakassis (PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2010) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College. He is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist with interests in semiotics; mass media and cinema; trademark law, brands, and counterfeiting; youth culture. His regional focus is Tamil Nadu, India.

Selected Works

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
2016 Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India. University of Chicago Press. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/D/bo22340598.html PDF
In press (2017) "Rajini's Finger, Indexicality, and the Metapragmatics of Presence." Signs and Society 5(2)
n.d. "The Hero's Mass and the Ontological Politics of the Image in Tamil Cinema." Working paper
n.d. "Item Numbers, Performativity, and the Ontology of the Image in South Indian Film." Working Paper (email cnakassi@uchicago.edu for a copy)
n.d. "Bus Routes." Working Paper (email cnakassi@uchicago.edu for a copy)
2017 "Poetics of Praise and Cinematic Encompassment." Working Papers of the Chicago Tamil Forum - Poesis/Politics of Language and Place in Tamilagam (May 25-27, 2017). http://chicagotamilforum.uchicago.edu PDF
2016 “Spoofs and the Politics of the Film Image’s Ontology in Tamil Cinema." Working Papers of the Chicago Tamil Forum - Politics of Media, Media of Politics (May 19-21, 2016). http://chicagotamilforum.uchicago.edu
2016 "Scaling Red and the Horror of Trademark." In E. S. Carr and M. Lempert, eds. Scale: Discourse and Dimensions of Social Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 159-184. PDF
2016 "Linguistic Anthropology in 2015: Not the Study of Language." American Anthropologist 118(2):340-345. PDF
2015 "A Tamil-speaking Heroine." BioScope 6(2):165-186. PDF
2015 Review of LaDousa, C. (2014) Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky. New York: Berghahn Books. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 25(3):358-360 PDF
2015 Review of The Right Spouse: Preferential Marriages in Tamil Nadu. Isabelle Clark-Decès. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. Journal of Anthropological Research 71(2):268-270 PDF
2014 "Suspended Kinship and Youth Sociality in Tamil Nadu, India." Current Anthropology 55(2):175-199. PDF
2014 "Realism, On and Off the Screen." In Anand Pandian, ed. Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation. Chennai: Blaft Publications, pp. 217–223. PDF
2014 (w/ Kausalya Hart and Anand Pandian) “Subramaniyapuram: The Screenplay (by M. Sasikumar).” (translation) In Anand Pandian, ed. Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation. Chennai: Blaft Publications, pp. 1–205.
2013 "Materiality, Materialization." A Comment on Hull, Matthew. 2012. Government of Paper. Berkeley: University of California Press. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 3(3):399-406 (open source: http://haujournal.org) PDF
2013 "The Quality of a Copy." In T. Kuldova, ed. Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism. Trondheim: Akademika forlag, pp. 142–165. PDF
2013 "Citation and Citationality." Signs and Society 1(1) (April):51-78 (open source: http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/10.1086/670165.pdf) PDF
2013 "Youth Masculinity, 'Style', and the Peer Group in Tamil Nadu, India." Contributions to Indian Sociology 47(2):245-269, theme issue, Social Value Projects in Post-liberalisation India (eds. C. Nakassis and L. Searle). PDF
2013 (w/ Llerena Searle) "Introduction: Social Value Projects in Post- liberalisation India.” Contributions to Indian Sociology 47(2):169-183, theme issue, Social Value Projects in Post-liberalisation India (eds. C. Nakassis and L. Searle). PDF
2013 "Brands and Their Surfeits." Cultural Anthropology 28(1):111-126, part of theme issue on Brand Neoliberalism (ed. C. Nakassis). PDF
2013 "Introduction: Brand Neoliberalism." Cultural Anthropology 28(1):110, part of theme issue on Brand Neoliberalism (ed. C. Nakassis). PDF
2013 "Para-s/cite, Part I: The Parasite." The Semiotic Review (N.S.) 1 (May), special issue on Parasites. (open source: http://semioticreview.com). PDF
2013 "Para-s/cite, Part II: The Paracite." The Semiotic Review (N.S.) 1 (June), special issue on Parasites. (open source: http://semioticreview.com). PDF
2012 "Brand, Citationality, Performativity." American Anthropolgist 114(4):624-638. PDF
2012 "Counterfeiting What? Aesthetics of Brandedness and BRAND in Tamil Nadu, India." Anthropological Quarterly 85(3):701-722, special issue on Piracy. PDF
2012 Review of Social Dimensions of Modern Tamil (2011) (by E. Annamalai). Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(3):261-263. PDF
2012 Review of Hip Hop Desis (2010) (by N. Sharma). Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(3):277-279. PDF
2010 Youth and Status in Tamil Nadu, India. PhD Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.
2009 "Theorizing Realism Empirically." New Cinemas 7(3):211-235. PDF
2007 (w/ Melanie Dean) "Desire, Youth, and Realism in Tamil Cinema." Journal of Linguistic Anthropolgy 17(1):77-104. PDF
2005 "Formalizing Context." Review of Gauker, D. (2003) Words without Meaning. Theory and Psychology 15(1):128-131. PDF
2002 (w/ J. Snedeker) "Beyond Sarcasm: Intonation and Context as Relational Cues in Children's Recognition of Irony." Proceedings of the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development 26(2):429-440. PDF