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Dr Steve Jones

Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader (Mass Communication BA)

Department: Social Sciences

I joined Northumbria in April 2010. Between 2006 and 2010 I taught Media, Film and Cultural theory at the University of Sussex where I completed my PhD thesis.

I have teaching interests based in cultural politics, moral philosophy, the philosophy of self, and identity (particularly gender). My work mainly centres on horror, pornography, and representations of violence. I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas.

I also previously worked as a practical music tutor with Brighton Rockschool.




Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

In my research work, I acknowledge that culturally maligned objects (such as horror and pornography) express serious, complicated philosophical ideas. I have written various articles and chapters on contemporary issues in moral philosophy, selfhood studies and feminism, each of which proposes that (a) popular horror films and pornographic texts articulate the same concepts that concern philosophers (albeit in intuitive ways), and (b) these popular objects complicate and contribute to the on-going conceptual debates that define contemporary philosophical and political thought. 

Key Publications

Jones, Steve (2017) Cartesianism and Intersubjectivity in Paranormal Activity and the Philosophy of Mind. Film-Philosophy, 21 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1466-4615

Jones, Steve (2016) 'Extreme' porn? The implications of a label. Porn Studies, 3 (3). pp. 295-307. ISSN 2326-8743

Jones, Steve (2016) A View to a Kill: Perspectives on Faux-Snuff and Self. In: Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media. Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 277-292. ISBN 9781628921144

Jones, Steve (2015) Torture Born: Representing Pregnancy and Abortion in Contemporary Survival-Horror. Sexuality & Culture, 19 (3). pp. 426-443. ISSN 1095-5143

Jones, Steve (2013) Gender monstrosity. Feminist Media Studies, 13 (3). pp. 525-539. ISSN 1468-0777

Jones, Steve (2013) Torture Porn: popular horror in the era of Saw. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230319417

Further Information

For further information and archives of my research work, please visit my website:

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here.


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