Professor Jason Lee

Job: Interim Deputy Dean Technology, Head of Leicester Media School

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7493



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Personal profile

Jason Lee is the author/editor of 15 books, with work translated into ten languages. His interdisciplinary work explores what are often considered to be taboo and contentious subjects, including child sexual abuse, addiction, nationalism, and ‘madness’. He is the founder and editor of the book series and journal Transgressive Culture. As well as critical work, Jason Lee is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, poet, and novelist. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including: Philosophy and Literature, The Cultural Industries Journal, Film International, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Vertigo, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies and The London Magazine (the world’s oldest journal). 

Research interests/expertise

Jason Lee’s expertise covers contemporary media and culture, especially in relationship to child sexual abuse, and extends into the broader areas of cultural theory and media practice. He has been writing and researching on child sexual abuse since 1999, and has published extensively on this area. Pervasive Perversions, his 2005 book, analysed media and culture in relation to paedophilia and child sexual abuse. In his 2010 book, Celebrity and Pedophilia, he examines this area in the context of celebrity culture. Combining theory and practice, in 2013 Bloomsbury published his book, The Psychology of Screenwriting. This has been described as a book that examines the key issues of our time, ranging from humanism to transhumanism especially with regards to technology, utilising such diverse thinkers as Meister Eckhart, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, and Gilles Deleuze.

Areas of teaching

Contemporary media and culture, theory and practice

Courses taught

Contemporary film and media

Honours and awards

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Ware Open prize winner 2014

Aesthetica Creative Works prize winner 2010

Salisbury International Arts Festival prize winner 2005

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College Member
  • Economics and Social Sciences Research Council Rapporteur
  • Consultant and Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Subject Association – Chair of Practice Section & Executive Board Member (2009-2011)
  • MeCCSA Member and Practice Section Member
  • Monde Anglophone: Politiques et Sociétés, Sorbonne-Paris, Associate Member
  • International Association for the Study of Sexuality and Culture
  • Centre for Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
  • The Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
  • The Association of the Study of Modern Italy

Conference attendance

  1. Are you kidding? Hermony Korine and the ‘enjoyment’ of ‘perversion’. Keele University, Kids Are Alright Conference, July 2013.
  2. Buddha with a Melody: evolution, sex and influence in Ginsberg. University of Aalborg, European Beat Studies Network Conference, August 2013.
  3. Death and the Maiden in a global context. Imperial College, Great Writing Conference, June 2013.
  4. Terminal Thinking: Henry Giroux’s ‘Scandal of the Corporate University’ and the limit of thought. University of Derby, Identity, Conflict and Representation Research Seminar, June 2013.
  5. Violence, Difference and Translation in Death and the Maiden . University of Salford, Global Translation Conference, March 2013.
  6. The Projectionist. University of Limerick, David Bowie Conference, October 2012.
  7. Inside Voice: Shamanism, Ventriloquism and Radars in Search of Transcendent Originality. Imperial College, Great Writing Conference, June 2012.
  8. Without Wings: Myth of Darwin, Transhumanism and Sexual Transgression. Brunel University, Sexual Cultures Conference, April 2012.
  9. Beyond Darwin. Dublin City University, Exeter University, New York University, Transforming the Human Conference, October 2011.
  10. Levinas, Theory and Practice. Great Writing Conference, Imperial College, July 2011.
  11. Unholy Prophecy: Darwin’s Fall at Castel di Angelo. University College Dublin, Transgression and the Sacred: An International Philosophy and Literature Conference, Humanities Institute of Ireland, February 2011.
  12. When in Rome. University of Surrey, The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject Conference, July 2010. (Plenary)
  13. Love is an Illness. Bangor University, Great Writing Conference, June 2010.
  14. Editing Skills for Creative Writers. Liverpool Hope Flying Start Symposium, June 2010.
  15. Milton and Contemporary Censorship. University of Rennes II, Censorship in the English Speaking World from the 16 th to 21 st Century Conference, May 2010.
  16. Challenges of the Cultural Industries. LSE MeCCSA, January 2010. Co-organiser. (Plenary)
  17. Monstrous Being. Lancaster University, 9 th International Gothic Conference, July 2009.
  18. Addiction and Obsession in Creative Practice. University of Bedfordshire, Circularity, Aesthetics and Translation Symposium, April 2009. Co-organiser.
  19. Born of Frustration: folk-devils and youth culture in Italian media. American University of Rome Centre for Racism in the Media, April 2009.
  20. Italy’s Anathematisation of the Other: immigration, ethnicity and race in contemporary Italian media. The Association of the Study of Modern Italy, Italian Cultural Institute Edinburgh, Stirling Media Research Institute, The Media in Italy: Historical Perspectives and Future Challenges Conference, November 2008.

Key research outputs

The Psychology of Screenwriting. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Cultures of Addiction, (ed.). New York: Cambria, 2012.

Seeing Galileo. Canterbury: Gylphi, 2010.

Unholy Days. West Bengal: Roman Books, 2012.

Dr Cipriano’s Cell. Chelmsford: CM Press/Arts Council, 2010.

Celebrity, Paedophilia, and Ideology in American Culture. New York: Cambria, 2009.

Pervasive Perversions. London: Free Association Books, 2005.

The Metaphysics of Mass Art. New York: Mellen, 1999.

Madness and the Savage. New York: Mellen, 1999.  

Editor and Editorial Boards

The Caribbean Press, International Editorial Advisory Committee.

Cine-excess. Editorial board.

Creative Writing Studies Series Editor, The Professional and Higher Partnership, 2010.

Transgressive Culture. Founding editor of international journal and book series, 2010.

Culture Frame. Editorial Board, 2009.

Vertigo – International Journal of Independent Cinema. Editorial Board, 2008.

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