Katrien Jacobs currently works as Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
She has lectured and published widely about sexuality and gender in and around digital media, contemporary arts and media activism.. She received two government-funded GRF grants; one to research the impact of Japanese animation cultures on social media and gender in Greater China (2010-2013), and one to research Chinese women’s cultural identities and affect around sexually explicit media (2014-2017).
Jacobs has authored three books about Internet culture and sexuality and is currently finishing on “Tit-For-Tat Media,” a new book about political movements and their use of sexualized and hyper-cute social media and visual icons. Her first book Netporn: DIY Web Culture and Sexual Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) received critical claim amongst media scholars as a pioneering study of emerging web cultures that challenge government regulations and the aims of corporate expansionism. Her book People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet (Intellect Books, 2012) was a pioneering study of mainland China’s immersion in new trends in sexually explicit media. It was widely commented on in academia and the news media.