Dr Kate Taylor-Jones

Dr Kate Taylor-Jones

Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies

BA Hons in English and Drama (Goldsmith College, London), MA, PhD in Film, Exeter University. Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Contact details
Email: k.e.taylor-jones@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: 0114 222 8406
Room: C02


I have quite a varied background with a broad expertise in many forms of visual arts. My first degree was in English Literature at Goldsmith College, University of London and my MA and PhD, both from Exeter University, focused on the theoretical construction of the international film body. In 2007 I took up a lectureship in Visual Culture at Bangor University, Wales where I taught across a variety of disciplines. I joined Sheffield in September 2015 as Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies.

I have been the recipient of a variety of grants including an AHRC Early Career Fellowship and I have presented my work across the globe in a variety of formats. I have lived and worked in Japan, Australia, France, Belgium and South Korea and I conduct research around the globe focusing on a variety of topics (see below). I am also involved in various women’s education and rape and sexual abuse prevention and aid programs. I have a longstanding record of external engagement – working with film festivals, distributors, schools and diverse audiences on the topic of East Asian cinema and culture.


SEAS Research Cluster

East Asian Text and Culture

Associated research groups, collaborators and projects

My research is highly interdisciplinary and draws on a variety of fields including film studies, history, gender and sexuality studies, media studies, visual culture and critical theory. My research interests can broadly be defined as:

  • The cinema of Imperial Japan and its legacy across East Asia. My recent monograph study has been described as ‘concise, lucid and deeply researched’, and ‘opens up a vista on films and filmmakers who shaped and were shaped by the momentous events of the Pacific War’.
  • Representations of East Asian girlhood in film and media. This has culminated in a series of funded events and the edition collection International Cinema and the Girl, ‘a welcome and important contribution at the intersection of girls studies and feminist film theory’ (review, Journal of Girlhood Studies)
  • Representation of prostitution and sex work in visual culture. After an international conference held in collaboration with Exeter University, a collected edition is forthcoming (2017).

My current projects are focused on

Developing from latest monograph study I am developing a new project exploring East Asian postcolonial cinematic aesthetics. The ‘Imperial Traces: Postcolonial Aesthetics in Contemporary East Asian Cinema’ project focuses on the questions related to the intersection of postcolonialism and cinematic aesthetics in East Asian cinema. This project works from three key ideas; firstly, that East Asia needs to be included in the wider field of postcolonial studies; secondly, that whilst key studies have taken place in discreet contexts it is vital to see the East Asian experience as one closely connected to global trends and narratives with regards to film; finally, this project will explore the hypothesis that visual postcolonialism is only meaningful in the East Asian context if you see it as intimately linked to the wider debates postwar Asian nation-building and ideas of cosmopolitanism. This is currently been developed into a series of large grant bids with global collaborators and a forthcoming monograph study.

I am also working on a longstanding multi-media project examining the representation of bride kidnapping and enforced marriage in film. This study focuses on the figure of a young (often no more than a child) woman forced into marriage (often via rape and then the threat of social disownment and isolation) vs. the romantic and eroticized notion of a consensual ‘kidnap’ and love match. This tension results in the kidnapped bride being a figure that travails the breadth of women’s representation and contemporary debates on global gender narratives.

Research Supervision

I have previously supervised PhDs in drama, film, translation studies and visual culture. I am currently supervising PhDs on girlhood in Japanese cinema, the philosophy of tea in contemporary Chinese cinema and the kimono in contemporary Japanese visual culture.

I welcome applications to undertake Postgraduate study in any of these areas: East Asian Popular Culture, East Asian Visual Culture, East Asian Media systems, Japanese Cinema, South Korean Cinema, World Cinema, Colonial Cinema, Gender in Visual Culture, Women Directors, Prostitution, Sex Work and Sex Trafficking in Visual Culture.

Media Expertise

I am available for comment on any issues related to my fields of research.


This year I am organizing and teaching on the following modules:

EAS110 East Asian Cinema
EAS243 East Asian Popular Culture
EAS371 Korean Cinema
EAS6208 Media, Culture and Society in East Asia

Teaching Philosophy

I have long believed that the way to succeed in teaching is to ensure that you are enthusiastic about your own subject area. It is only by been inspired yourself can you inspire students in your classroom. My overall teaching experience in Higher Education spans a total of twelve years and during this time I have taught full time at a variety of levels including EFL teacher, teaching fellow, lecturer and senior lecturer. My aims are to educate others to become motivated and independent learners and therefore to contribute in a much more sustained and positive way to the wider academic community. My classroom focus is on helping to cultivate students who are global citizens and capable of developing their own learning strategies and approaches to any topic. I am passionate about inclusivity and work to ensure that everyone in my classes can engage equally in the activities and discussions. My modules include a range of teaching methods and formats including lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops and individual supervision. As part of my continuing focus on teaching I have recently been made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Selected Publications


Taylor-Jones, K (2017) Divine Work: Japanese Colonial Cinema and its legacy, London and New York: Bloomsbury Press,

Taylor-Jones, K. (2013) Rising Sun, Divided Land: Japanese and South Korean Filmmakers, Columbia University Press Wallflower Press Imprint.

Collected editions

Taylor-Jone, K and Hipkins, D (2017) Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Visual Media: New Takes on Fallen Women, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press

Taylor, K and Handyside, F. (2016) International Cinema and the Girl: Local Issues, Transnational Contexts London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Taylor, K (2012) Dekalog 4: On East Asian Filmmakers Columbia University Press Wallflower Press Imprint.

Founding Editor and Joint Editor in Chief

East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect Press)
The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is the first academic peer-reviewed journal for scholars, teachers, and students from around the world who have an active and passionate interest in the Popular Culture of East Asia. The journal is devoted to all aspects of popular culture in East Asia and the interplay between East Asia and the wider world. With the growth in popularity of Asian visual products in the Western world and the increasing strength of the Asian markets, this publication fulfills the need for an international journal that allows Western and Asian film, media, literary, music, fashion, digital media, television, art and cultural scholars alike to engage in discussion. In the last few decades there has been a huge rise in the interest in East Asian popular culture. The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture will be engaging directly with that trend. From film to music; art to translation and fashion to tourism, this journal offers a forum where multidisciplinary work can come together in new and exciting ways.

Selected Book and Journal Chapters

Taylor-Jones, K, (Forthcoming 2017) ‘Handbags, Sex and Death, Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema: New Takes on the Fallen Woman, Edited by Taylor-Jones, K and Hipkins, D. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillian.

Taylor-Jones, K (forthcoming 2017) ‘Rhythm, Texture, Moods: Ozu Yasujiro, Claire Denis and a Vision of a Post-colonial Aesthetic’ Reorienting Ozu: A Master and His Influence. Edited Jinhee Choi. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Taylor, K (2016) ‘Empire, Language and Nationhood: Japanese colonial cinema in Korea and Manchuria’ in Mamula. T. and Patti. L The Multilingual Screen: New Refelctions on Cinema and Lingustic Difference. London and New York: Bloomsbury Press.

Taylor-Jones, K (2013) ‘Colonial Dreaming: Japanese Imperial Cinema and Landscape’ in in Harper. G. and Rayner. J(ed) Film Landscapes: Cinema, Environment and Visual Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Taylor, K. (2012) ‘East Asian Co-Production and the new Eastern Film Wave’ in De-Westernizing Film Studies, Higbee, W & Maty Ba, S (ed) De-Westernizing Film Studies, Routledge

Taylor, K. & Maty Ba, S. (2012) ‘Different Body Same Face, Karmen Gei and ZouZou’ in Higbee, W & Maty Ba, S (ed) De-Westernizing Film Studies, Routledge

Taylor, K. (2011) ‘Wordslinger’: Visualising Physical Abuse in a Virtual Environment’ in North, B et al (eds) Online Gaming on Context: the social and cultural significance of online games. London: Routledge Press.

‘Taylor, K. (2010) Crisis, economy and landscape: the modern face of New China ‘ in Harper. G. and Rayner. J(ed) Cinema and Landscape: Film, Nation and Cultural Geography, UK: Intellect Press, pp. 219-231

Taylor, K. (2007) ‘Women as duality in post-war Japan’ in Hipkins. D and Plain, G (eds) War-Torn Tales: Representing Gender and World War II in Literature and Film, Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 123-143

Infection, Post-Colonialism and Soma-technics in Claire Denis Trouble Every Day (2002) in Studies in French Cinema Journal. Vol. 7. Issue 1.