Professor Jason Lee

Job: Head of Leicester Media School Partnerships

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

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 of over 20 books with work translated into 16 languages, including work on madness, addiction, and child sexual abuse.

His work has been published by Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University and is archived at Berkeley. 

Professor Lee is the founder of the journal and book series Transgressive Culture. 

Research group affiliations

Media Discourse Centre

Cinema and Television History Research Centre

Publications and outputs

Nazism and Neo-Nazism in Film and Media (Amsterdam University Press, 2018)

The Future of Desire (Palgrave, 2017)

Research interests/expertise

Professor Lee’s research is concerned with ‘otherness’ in all its forms.

Lee’s work is in the humanities, film and media, social sciences and creative arts.

Areas of teaching

Paranormal Media




DPhil Sussex

MA Warwick 

BA Warwick 

Courses taught

Contemporary film and media

Honours and awards

Salisbury International Arts Festival Prize 2005

Aesthetica Prize 2010

Ware Prize 2014

Membership of professional associations and societies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the British Psychology Society

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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 articles information

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.  

Current research students

  • Beverley Cooper-Chambers. British Television Drama and Caribbean Families. 
  • Rayna Lorentzis. Film Finance and European Independent Film. 
  • Nik Lorentzis. Product Placement and the European Film. 
  • Sara Andrews. Creative Arts, Sociology and Mental Health. 
  • Maria Straw-Çinar. Queer Women of the Left Bank – Channeling Natalie Barney and her Saphic Circle: scripting biographical narratives via intermedia co-creative practice. 
  • Yu Sui. Chinese Social Media, Rumor, and Technology.  
  • Robert Chilcott. Behind the 60s: inside the Peter Whitehead archive.   
  • Brett James Davies (The University of Tokyo). Lawrence Kasdan. 
  • William Haigh. Far-Right Extremism and Social Media. 
  • Jamie Lockhead. Transport in Modern British Cinema. 
  • Rhys Davies. Folk Horror in Transnational Cinema. 
  • Daniel Smith. Nostalgia and right-wing politics in British cinema and television. 

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.