Staff Profile:  Dr Stephen Jacobs

NameDr Stephen Jacobs
Title

Course Leader in Media and Cultural Studies

Senior Lecturer in Media, Religion and Culture

Subject AreaMedia, Cultural Studies, Religion and Culture
SchoolSchool of Law, Social Sciences and Communications
Tel.01902 323578
E-mail

S.Jacobs@wlv.ac.uk

 

Summary

Stephen Jacobs became interested in Indian religions when he first travelled in India. He decided to gain a more formal understanding of these fascinating religious traditions and consequently took a degree in Religious Studies. He then went on to do postgraduate research into contemporary forms of Hinduism. During his research he became interested in how religion is mediated, and decided to take a Masters Degree in media. He currently teaches and researches in both media and religion.

Current Subjects Taught

Level Four

  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Popular Culture

Level Five

  • Investigating Culture
  • British Culture: Unity and Diversity
  • Research Methods
  • South Asia: Culture, Politics and Society

Level Six

  • Media, Religion and Ethics

Level Seven (MA)

  • The Sacred and the Profane in Popular Culture

Qualifications 

  • BA (Hons) First Class: Religious Studies. The University of Wales, Lampeter.
  • MPhil: Modernity and Tradition in Nineteenth Century Hinduism.  The University of Wales Lampeter
  • PhD: Hindu Identity, Nationalism and Globalization. The University of Wales, Lampeter.
  • MA (with distinction): Mass Communication. The Centre for Mass Communication Research, The University of Leicester.
  • Post Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. The University of Wolverhampton.

Other University Activities

  • Chair of the School Ethics Committee
  • Active member of the Research Centre in Discourse and Cultural Studies
  • Active participant in the research cluster – Research in Humanities and Cultures (RiCH)

Recent Publications

  • The Ambivalence of Sleep in World Religions’ in Andrew Green & Alex Westcombe (eds.) Sleep: Multi-Professional Perspectives. London: Jessica Kingsley. (2012)
  • Communicating Hinduism in a Changing Media Context (2012) Religion Compass 6 (2) pp. 136- 151.
  • Confusing the Issue: Field Visits as a Strategy for Deconstructing Religious Boundaries (2011) Discourse: The Journal of the HEA Subject Centre for Philosophy and Religious Studies 10 (2) – with Dr Opinderjit Takhar.
  • Hinduism Today (2010) London: Continuum (Continuum Guides to Religion Today)
  • Contributions to The Encyclopaedia of Hinduism (2008) Denise Cush, Catherine Robinson & Michael York (eds). Routledge.
    Ayodhya (major entry- 5,000 words); Images and Iconography (1,000 words); Rishikesh and The Divine Life Society (300 words). 
  • Virtually Sacred: The Performance of Asynchronous Cyber Rituals in Online Spaces. Special Edition on Religion and the Internet. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication 12 (3)

Forthcoming Publications

  • Simulating the Apocalypse: Theology and Structure of the Left Behind Game in Sonjah Stanley-Niahh (ed.) Of Sacred Crossroads: Cultural Studies and the Sacred
  • Media Studies in George Chryssides and Ben Zeller (eds.) Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements.

Key Conference Presentations

  • Inner Peace and Global Harmony: Individual Therapy and Global Solutions in the Art of Living Foundation. Paper presented at the International Association of Cultural Studies, Crossroads Conference, Paris. July 2012.
  • Confusing the Issue: Field Visits as a Strategy for Deconstructing Religious Boundaries. Joint paper, with Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, presented at The Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies Conference on Teaching Religions of a South Asian Origin. January 2011
  • Simulating the Apocalypse: Theology and Structure of the Left Behind Game. Paper presented at the International Association of Cultural Studies, Sacred Crossroads Conference, Kingston Jamaica. July 2008.
  • Virtually Sacred: Setting Apart Religious Cyberspace. Paper presented at the British Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference. April 2007.
  • Competing Narratives of the Hindu Past: V.D.Savarkar’s & Jawaharlal Nehru’s Constructs of Indian History. Paper presented at the British Association for the Study of Religion Annual. September 2003
  • Building Bridges or Creating Islands: A Place of Worship as a Community Resource. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference April 9 2002.

Other Activities and Professional Memberships

  • Reviewer for The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
  • External examiner for The Southampton Solent University
  • Member of the International Association for Cultural Studies
  • Member of the British Association for the Study of Religion