Katrien Jacobs is Adjunct Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Gender/Sexuality Studies

She has lectured and published widely about sexuality and gender in and around digital media, contemporary arts and media activism. She received three 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 several books about Internet culture and sexuality and just published “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.

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