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, and Course Leader for 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. 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).

@JackPDenham

Further Information

Teaching

1CL003 Key Concepts for Criminologists

1SC002 Investigating Sociologically

1CL005 Crime and Deviance in a Contemporary World

2SC003 The Sociology of Work

3SC005 The Sociology of Murder

 

Historically, my teaching has covered modules in research methods, crime, popular culture, and social theory.

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

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

Jack is a member of the British Society of Criminology, the Centre for URBan Research (CURB) and the Death and Culture Network.  Jack is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

CURB administrator

Jack has worked extensively with the running and management of the Centre for URBan Research.  

Public Lectures

Murderabilia’: Crime Fiction that looks like Crime Fact for York City Big Read - September 2017

Publications

Journal Articles:

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

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

Denham, J. (2016). The Commodification of the Criminal Corpse: ‘Selective Memory’ in Posthumous Representations of Criminal. Mortality. 21:3 pp191-294.    

Books / Book Chapters

Spokes, M. Denham, J. & Lehmann, B. (2018 - Forthcoming). Death, Memorialization and Deviant Spaces. 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. (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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