Dr Jack Denham

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, and School Learning & Teaching Lead

School of Psychological & Social Sciences

E: j.denham@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876579

Jack Denham

I’m a lecturer in Sociology and Criminology here at York St John University, specialising in the field of Cultural Criminology. My research has focused on the cultural consumption of crime – such as crime museums and representations of crime in popular culture. My work has taken a particular interest in emerging cultures of ‘murderabilia’ (murder memorabilia), and crosses over cultural studies, the sociology of consumption, death and violence. Most recently, my work has looked at violence in video games. I am a co-editor for the book series Emerald Studies in Death and Culture, and I work closely with the Death and Culture Network (DacNet).

Further Information

Teaching

The Sociology of Murder

Death and Mortality

Dissertations

Research

Research Interests

My research has focused on the cultural consumption of crime – such as crime museums and representations of crime in popular culture. My work has taken a particular interest in emerging cultures of ‘murderabilia’ (murder memorabilia), and crosses over cultural studies, the sociology of consumption, death and violence. These projects aim to investigate why societies have a fascination with crime, and what it means for individuals who engage in criminal culture. I am a co-editor for the book series Emerald Studies in Death and Culture, and I work closely with the Death and Culture Network (DacNet).

Ongoing Projects

I’m currently working on a collaborative project called Art, Agency & Aesthetics: Players’ Experiences of Violence in Videogames – which seeks to provide a rounded understanding and conceptualization of the sorts of social processes at play when we ‘play’ violent videogames.

Professional Activities

Organising conferences and academic events

2020       Death and Culture III (at York St John)

2018       Death and Culture Conference 

2016       Death and Culture (three-day international conference)

2015       Marginal Death Research in the Social Sciences 

2010       The National Deviancy Conference (three-day international conference)

Memberships

I am a member of the British Society of Criminology, the Centre for URBan Research (CURB) and the Death and Culture Network.  I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Publications

Journal Articles:

Denham, J. Hirschler, S. & Spokes, M. (2019). The Reification of Structural Violence in Video Games. Crime, Media, Culture.

Denham, J. (2019). Collecting the Dead: Art, Antique and ‘Aura’ in Personal Collections of Murderabilia. Mortality.

Spokes, M. & Denham, J. (2019). Developing Interactive Elicitation: Social Desirability Bias and Capturing Play.  The Qualitative Report. 24:4 pp781-794

Denham, J. & Spokes, M. (2018). Thinking Outside the Murder Box. Virtual Violence and Pro-Social Action in Video Games. British Journal of Criminology. 39:3 pp737-755

Denham, J. (2016). The Commodification of the Criminal Corpse: ‘Selective Memory’ in Posthumous Representations of Criminal. Mortality. 21:3 pp229-245

Books:

Spokes, M. Denham, J. & Lehmann, B. (2018). Death, Memorialization and Deviant Spaces. Bingley: Emerald.

 

Book Reviews:

Denham, J. (2017). Book Review: William Corder and the Red Barn Murder: Journeys of the Criminal Body. Crime, Media, Culture. 13:3

Denham, J. (2014). A Book Review of Digital Culture Industry: A History of Digital Distribution. Information, Communication, Society. 17:8 pp1055-1057.

 

Conference Papers:

Denham, J. Hirschler, S. & Spokes, M. (2019). The Reification of Systemic Violence in Video Games. DiGRA, 6-10 August, Kyoto.

Spokes, M. Denham, J. & Lehmann, B. (2018). Death, Memorialization and Deviant Spaces. Death & Culture II, 6-7 September, York.

Denham, J. & Spokes, M. (2018). Thinking Outside the Murder Box. Virtual Violence and Pro-Social Action in Video Games. Playing Dead, 17 May, York.

Denham, J. (2016). The Commodification of the Corpse: ‘Selective Memory’ and a Lack of Authenticity in Posthumous Representations of the Criminal. Celebrity Studies Conference, 28-30 June, Amsterdam.

Denham, J. (2015). Doing Research at Crime Museums in the UK and USA. Museums Showoff, 3 Feb, London.

Denham, J. (2014). Murderabilia Museums: Bringing Death to Life through Exhibitions of Violent Crime. Museums Alive, 4-5 Nov, Leicester.

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