Dr. Kate Taylor-Jones

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

Kate’s main interests in international development are directly related to her focus on the role, status and representation of girls and girlhood in global popular culture.

Her current workstreams in this area include:

  • a new project is exploring how sexual consent is taught in various East Asian school systems and how film and visual culture can be used to more effectively educate on this issue. Working with Dr Joel Gwynee (NIE, Singapore) and a wider network of global scholars, the group are aiming to improve sex education on this issue and challenge dominant narratives regarding the sexual contract that, all to often, leaves girls and women very vulnerable.
  • ┬áthe visual and narrative engagement with the lives of female child soldiers. Since early 2000, UN edicts and NGO awareness-raising campaigns have resulted in the increasing global visibility of child soldiers. Their lives have been presented in both fictional and documentary formats in many national contexts. However, in the act of making visible the realities of the child soldier, what has too frequently happened is that the life and experiences of the girl has been ignored in favor of her male counterparts. Kate’s work seeks to explore how and why girl soldiers are presented in the way they are and what we can learn about global gender and racial politics as a result.
  • the representation of prostitution, sex work and sex trafficking. Together with Dr Danielle Hipkins (Exeter University), Kate has organized an international conference on this issue and has a forthcoming collected edition to be published early 2017. Her own specific focus is on how the prostitute has been portrayed and used a symbol of nationhood in South Korean and Japan respectively.


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