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Jon Simons

Associate Professor of Communication and Culture

Jon Simons graduated in Politics and Modern History at Manchester University, England, where he grew up. He moved to Israel in 1985, where he completed an MA and PhD in Political Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He then taught an interdisciplinary graduate program in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, England (1995-2006). Trained in political theory, his special interests lay in poststructuralist and feminist theory, and Michel Foucault in particular. His current work focuses on the connection between politics and popular, mediated aesthetics by addressing arguments against the aestheticization of politics common in much critical political and cultural theory. His current research project is about the images of peace (visual, pictorial, conceptual, ideological) that are advocated by Israeli peace movements, which is also the focus of his blog: He is also interested in the interdisciplinary study of images (especially political images) as a focus for both teaching and research.


  • Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Publication Highlights

  • “Peace Now or Never? Images of Peace in the Israeli Peace Movement.” In Stephen Gibson and Simon Mollan (eds.) Representations of Peace and Conflict (Palgrave-Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2012), pp. 23-44.
  • “Mediated Construction of the People: Laclau’s Political Theory and Media Politics.” In Lincoln Dahlberg and Sean Phelan (eds.) Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2011), pp. 201-21.
  • From Agamben To Žižek: Contemporary Critical Theorists (editor)(Edinburgh University Press, 2010).
  • “Aestheticisation of Politics: From Fascism to Radical Democracy.” Journal for Cultural Research Vol. 12, No. 3 (2008), pp. 207-29.
  • “From Visual Literacy to Image Competence”. In James Elkins (ed.) Visual Literacy (Routledge: New York, 2007), pp. 77-90.
  • Images: A Reader (co-edited with Sunil Manghani and Arthur Piper) (Sage: London, 2006).
  • “Televisual Popular Politics: Diana and Democracy”. In John Hall, Blake Stimson and Lisa Tamiris Becker (eds.) Visual Worlds (Routledge: London, 2005), pp. 44-55 .
  • Contemporary Critical Theory: From Lacan to Said (editor) (Edinburgh University Press, 2004).
  • “Popular Culture and Mediated Politics: Intellectuals, Elites and Democracy”. In John Corner and Dick Pels (eds.) Media and the Restyling of Politics (Sage: London, 2003), pp. 171-89.
  • From Kant to Lévi-Strauss: The Background to Contemporary Critical Theory (editor) (Edinburgh University Press, 2002).
  • “Democracy is a Failure Worthy of Infinite Repetition.” Critical Horizons Vol. 2, No. 1 (2001), pp. 127-48.
  • “Ideology, Imagology and Critical Thought: The Impoverishment of Politics.” Journal of Political Ideology Vol. 5 No. 1 (2000), pp. 81-103.
  • “The Aestheticization of Politics: An Alternative to Left-Modernist Critiques.” Strategies, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1999), pp.173-190.
  • “The Exile of Political Theory: The lost homeland of legitimation.” Political Studies, Vol. 43, No.4 (1995), pp. 683-697.
  • Foucault and the Political (Routledge: London, 1995)