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Nathanael Bassett

​Nathanael Bassett is a researcher and a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work focuses on non-use and refusal of media, media archaeology, and the history and philosophy of technology. His dissertation research involves the uncanniness and irresistibility of modern technology, focusing around the tension between a our compulsion to participate in contemporary socio-technical systems and the our exercise of individual agency against them. He was a fellow with the National Science Foundation’s IGERT program in Electronic Security and Privacy at UIC from 2016-2018. He completed his MA in Media Studies at The New School’s School of Media Studies in 2014 while working as a freelance videographer and artist/instructor for Youth Rights Media in New Haven, Connecticut. He has interned with Democracy Now! and Captured Time productions. He enjoys jazz, hiking and reading in his spare time. 
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Selected Publications

Current Publications

  • Bassett, N. (2017) Review - Privacy: A Short History by D. Vincent (2016). For Technoculture.
  • Bassett, N.,  Archer, J. (2017) -“Enjoy Your Feeling: A Media Archaeology of Material Publics.” Communication and the Public. DOI 10.1177/2057047317722571
  • Bassett, N. (2017). ““Homo Sapiens Only”: Star Trek and the Unhuman” & “Secret Languages and Sacred Tongues: A Rough History of an Idea and it’s Influence” in Booth, P. (Ed.) Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles.
  • Bassett, N. (2015) “Misusing the Master's Tools: Exploring the Capacity to Break from Prescriptive Use” The Torist (1)

Forthcoming Publications

Bassett, N. (2018) “Communication and Media Studies: La Forge’s VISOR and the Pictures in Our Heads ” In Rabitsch, S., Gabriel, M., Elmenreich, W., Brown, N.A,. (Eds.) Set Phasers to Teach! Springer.

Bassett, N. (2018) “Conscientious Hacking and the Weak Collective” In Schrock, A. & Hunsinger, J. (Eds.) Making Our World: Hacker and Maker Movements in Context. New York: Peter Lang.


Bassett, N. (2018) “Papers Please: A Media Archaeology of Identity Documents.” Studia UBB Philosophia 62.


Bassett, N. (2018) Review  - The Marvelous Clouds by J. D. Peters (2015). For Journal of Comm. Media Studies.


Conference Papers

Bassett, N. (2017) “Confidante Games: Spanish Prisoners, Nigerian Princes, Counterfeits and Lockpicking” Presented at Society for the Social Study of Science (4S)

Bassett, N. (2017) “Secret Languages and Sacred Tongues: A Rough History of an Idea and it’s Influence” Presented at DePaul Pop Culture Conference, Chicago Il.


Bassett, N. (2016) “Star Trek and the Unhuman” Presented at DePaul Pop Culture Conference, Chicago Il.


Bassett, N. (2015) “Body and Control: Discourse and Dispositives of Use and Refusal in Science Fiction” Presented at Cultural Studies Association, Riverside, CA


Bassett, N. (2013) “The Private and the Public: Identity and Politics in Virtual Space.” Presented at MiT8 Conference, Cambridge, MA


Bassett, N. and Kim, D. (2013) “Recursive Identities in Sociopolitical Movements: A Case Study of Hackathons” Presented at Critical Themes in Media Studies Conference, New York, New York.
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Conference Presentations/Workshops

Bassett, N., Archer, J., Snyder, P. (2016). “Carnival of Privacy Delights” Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers, Berlin, Germany

Bassett. N. (2016) “Chicago Dibs: Appropriate Technology and Sharing vs Solidarity Solutions” Presented at MidweSTS, Chicago, IL

Co-Presenter: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Paper Tiger Television: Designs For a Rrradical New Media event, February 24, 2012​​

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