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Jon  Simons

Dr Jon Simons

Associate Head of School (Research & Knowledge Exchange)

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Dr. Jon Simons graduated in Politics and Modern History at Manchester University, England, where he grew up. He moved to Israel in 1985, where he completed an MA and PhD in Political Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He then directed an interdisciplinary postgraduate program in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, England (1995-2006). Trained in political theory, his special interests lay in poststructuralist and feminist theory, and Michel Foucault in particular, the topic of his PhD thesis and first book, Foucault and the Political (1995). His broad field of interest concerns the connection between media, politics and popular culture, and he has published work about aesthetics and politics. From 2006-16 he was Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was also affiliated with the programmes in Cultural Studies and Jewish Studies, as well as the Political Science Department. He also served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Communication and Culture PhD programme, 2008-11 and 2015-16. Jon engages in the interdisciplinary study of images (especially political images) in his teaching and research. His current research project is about the images of peace (visual, pictorial, conceptual, ideological) that are practised in the activity of Israeli peace movements, which is also the focus of his blog:

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Israeli Peace Images; Image Politics; Peace Activism; Visual Culture; Media and Politics; Aesthetics and Politics; Cultural Studies; Cultural, Media and Political Theory.

I have supervised a range of PhDs in both the US and UK.

Dizi-ying reality: popular screen culture and the maintenance of modern Turkish publics.
A Visual Politics of the Perverse
Foucault’s Reception in the Disciplines: Subjectivity and Authority
Images and Visuality: Cultural Theory, Philosophy and Neurobiology
Architecture as Mass Culture: Icon and Image
The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Image, Text and Visuality
Homage to Truth: Truth and Literature in the Spanish Civil War.
Contesting the Oedipal Legacy: Deleuzean vs Psychoanalytic Feminist Critical Theory.
Contemporary British Anarchism.