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Dr Steve Jones

Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Head of Subject (Media)

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. In addition to my role at Northumbria, I am also currently an Adjunct Research Professor in Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa).

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.


PhD October 31 2008

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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Issues with the BBFC’S 2018 consultation exercise, Jones, S. 11 Jan 2019
  • Spierig Brothers' Jigsaw (2017) - Torture Porn Rebooted?, Jones, S. 13 Jun 2019, Horror, Oxford, Peter Lang
  • Cartesianism and Intersubjectivity in Paranormal Activity and the Philosophy of Mind, Jones, S. 2018, In: Kino!
  • Preserved for Posterity?, Jones, S. 1 Apr 2018, In: Journal of Film and Video
  • Cartesianism and Intersubjectivity in Paranormal Activity and the Philosophy of Mind, Jones, S. 6 Mar 2017, In: Film-Philosophy
  • Kurja Polt: Kulti, Klasike in ŽAnrski Odpadniki na 35 mm, Jones, S., Hunter, R., Egan, K., Sexton, J., Peče, M., Dariš, M., Krajnc, M., Nikolič, P., Lovrenov, M. 2017
  • Sex and Horror, Jones, S. 9 Aug 2017, The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality, New York, USA, Taylor & Francis
  • The origin of the faeces, Jones, S. 1 Nov 2017, In: Porn Studies
  • 'Tvoja Zgodba je Resnična in Ljudje to Čutijo’: Mučenje v Kontekstu, Jones, S. 2017, In: Kino!
  • A View to a Kill: Perspectives on Faux-Snuff and Self, Jones, S. 28 Jan 2016, Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media, London, Bloomsbury


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