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Dr Jon Hackett

Programme Director - Film and Communication

About Research

Dr Jon Hackett teaches on film and cultural theory, media history and industries, animation and popular culture. He has teaching interests in Hollywood and independent North American cinema, Japanese cinema and anime, and early cinema. He also teaches on media representations on the MA Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime. 

He has supervised undergraduate dissertations on special effects in film and television, French new wave cinema, virtual reality, and airports in the movies. He currently supervises two PhDs, on visual culture and illustration, and on film phenomenology and representations of death on screen.

Jon is currently writing a monograph for Bloomsbury, Scary Monsters: Masculinity, Monstrosity and Popular Music Culture, with Dr Mark Duffett of the University of Chester. This book will case study various popular music performers across several decades associated in varying ways with discourses on monstrosity and masculinity. 

Jon has recently published on the Sheffield post-punk band Cabaret Voltaire, as well as on the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard’s writings on cinema. He has also published on film philosophy and early cinema, as well as on 1970s glam rock. He has a book chapter in press on 1980s special effects technologies.

Before working at St Mary’s, Jon taught at Goldsmiths, University of East London and Université Paris 13. Jon has also worked in medical publishing, first of all as an editor and typesetter. Then as a publications manager he managed a portfolio of peer-reviewed journals, overseeing production, editorial, peer review, typesetting, fulfilment and distribution, in print and online.


Research

Recent publications