Professor Kate Taylor-Jones
Professor of East Asian Studies
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 and I was made Professor of East Asian Cinema in January 2019.
I have been the recipient of a variety of grants from a range of funders including the AHRC, the British Academy, Santander, the Great British Sasakawa Foundation and the British Korean Society. I am currently Senior Researcher on the AFRISCREENWORLDS project funded by the ERC. I have presented my work across the globe in a variety of formats and 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.
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.
I have an ongoing passion for the study of role the colonial and postcolonial moment plays in East Asian cinema. My recent monograph study, Divine Work: Japanese Colonial Cinema and it’s Legacy 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’. This book was selected for the Sheffield University Top 10 books and features in a display in Western Bank library alongside several of my other works.
I have a longstanding interest in 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) as well as a series of workshops and articles.
I have also worked on the questions of the representation of prostitution and sex work in visual culture. After an international conference held in collaboration with Exeter University, a collected edition was published in 2017.
Current projects I am working on are:
As part of a British Academy Newton Mobility Grant, I am working I in collaboration with Dr Wikanda Promkhuntong at the University of Mahidol in Thailand. Our project explores the socio-cultural ramifications of South East Asian film fan tourism and the role that colonial nostalgia can play in the promotion of certain sites and activities on the tourism map.
Alongside this, I am part of a funded five-year project with Dr Lindiwe Dovey from SOAS that seeks to bring African and Asian cinema into dialogue. There will be more details on this as the project develops.
I am also working on the further development on my work in Divine Work via an exploration of East Asian postcolonial cinematic aesthetics in contemporary film. 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. I am currently working on 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 SupervisionI 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.
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:
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.
Taylor-Jones, K. (2017) Divine Work: The Greater East Asian Film Sphere and the legacy of pan-Asian Visual Culture, Bloomsbury Press.
Taylor-Jones, K. (2013) Rising Sun and Divided Land: Contemporary Japanese and Korean Film Directors, Columbia University Press -Wallflower Press Imprint
Collected and Special Editions
Taylor-Jone, K and Hipkins, D (2017) Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema: 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. and Ying. Y. (2015) Special Edition on Cultural Translation and East Asia, Journal of Media and Culture (JOMEC), Cardiff University Press.
Taylor, K (2012) On East Asian Directors, London: Wallflower Press.
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 Articles and Chapters
Taylor-Jones, K. (Dec, 2018) ‘Post-socialist modernity, nationhood and gender: bride kidnapping in Boz Salkyn/Pure Coolness and Máng shān/Blind Mountain’, Journal of Asian Cinema.
Taylor-Jones, K. (2018) ‘Shopping, sex, and lies: Mimong/Sweet Dreams (1936) and the disruptive process of colonial girlhood’, Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Vol 10, Issue 2, p.68-114.
Taylor-Jones, K. (2017) ‘Handbags, Sex and Death, Prostitution in Contemporary East Asian Cinema in Fallen Women, in Taylor-Jones, K and Hipkins, D (ed), Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema: New Takes on Fallen Women, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Taylor-Jones, K (2017) ‘Rhythm, Texture, Moods: Ozu Yasujiro, Claire Denis and a Vision of a Post-colonial Aesthetic’, in Choi, J, c. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Taylor-Jones, K. (2016) ‘Girlhood in a Warzone: African Child Soldiers on Film, in Taylor, K and Handyside, F.(ed), International Cinema and the Girl: Local Issues, Transnational Context, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Taylor, K (2015) ‘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 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, London: 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, London: 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
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
Taylor, K. (2007) 'Infection, Post-Colonialism and Soma-technics' in Claire Denis Trouble Every Day in Studies in French Cinema Journal. Vol. 7. Issue 1, pp.19-29