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Prof. Katrien JACOBS

Prof. Katrien JACOBS

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of Maryland, College Park)

About Prof. Katrien JACOBS

Katrien Jacobs is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at the Chinese University and the Graduate Director for Cultural Studies. She has lectured and published widely about sexuality and gender in and around digital media, contemporary arts and media activism. She moved to Hong Kong in 2005 and devotes most of her research to contemporary Chinese, Japanese and trans-Asian arts and media platforms. She received two Hong Kong government-funded GRF grants; one to research the impact of Japanese animation cultures on social media and gender in Greater China (2010-2013), and one to research Chinese women’s cultural identities and affect around sexually explicit media (2014-2017).

Jacobs has authored three books about Internet culture and sexuality and is currently working on “Tit-For-Tat Media,” a new book about political movements and their use of sexualized and hyper-cute social media and visual icons. Her first book Netporn: DIY Web Culture and Sexual Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) received critical claim amongst media scholars as a pioneering study of emerging web cultures that challenge government regulations and the aims of corporate expansionism. Her book People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet (Intellect Books, 2012) was a pioneering study of mainland China’s immersion in new trends in sexually explicit media. It was widely commented on in academia and the news media. 

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    • Digital Media and Culture, Gender/Sexuality, Chinese and East- Asian Media, Contemporary Art, Social Movements
    1. 2019-2020 CUHK Direct Grant ‘The Online Nativist Imagination and Sex/Gender Discourses in Hong Kong and Belgium.’ 
    2. 2015-2018 General Research Fund (GRF) ‘Trans-Asian Women's Forum on Erotic/Pornographic Media and Cultural Affect’ 
    3. 2016-2017 Hong Kong Arts Development Council ‘The Ghost of Sister Ping,’ Symposium and video Installation about the power and suffering of a female ghost.
    4. 2009-2012 General Research Fund (GRF) ‘Gothic Lolita Unchained: The Appropriation of Japanese Japanese Animation Narratives and Aesthetics in Chinese Digital Media Contexts’
  • Books
    1. (Forthcoming) Tit-For-Tat Media: Hijacking Art and Rebranding Revolution (London, Routlegde, 2021)
    2. 2015 The Afterglow of Chinese Women’s Pornography in Post-Digital China (New York: Palgrave Macmillan)
    3. 2012 People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet (Bristol: Intellect Books)
    4. 2007 NetPorn: DIY Web Culture and Sexual Politics (Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield)


    Journal articles
    1. 2020 (Forthcoming) ‘Bodily Excess and Migration Floods Amongst of the Flemish Alt-right, Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies.
    2. 2020 ‘Smouldering Pornographies on the Chinese Internet,' In Porn Studies, published online first June, 2020
    3. 2018 'Women's Sex/Porn Sanctuaries and Social Movements in Hong Kong and San Francisco.' In Porn Studies, Published Online March 7, 2018.
    4. 2016 'Out of Thousands and Thousands of Thoughts: Wandering the Streets of the Hong Kong umbrella movement.' In Educational Philosophy and Theory, Published Online April 27 2016.
    5. 2016 'Disorderly Conduct: Feminist Nudity in Chinese Protest Movements,' In Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society, 19. 7, 819-835.


    Book chapters
    1.  2018 'Hong Kong Women’s Boys Love Protest and the Drifting Gaze' In Women’s Manga in Asia: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities, Eds. Fusami Ogi, Kazumi Nagaike and Rebecca Suter (New York: Palgrave MacMillan)
    2. 2017 'Male and Female Idols of the Chinese Pornosphere,' In Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture, Eds. Koichi Iwabuchi, Chris Berry and Eva Tsai (London: Routledge),pp. 202-212


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