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Jon Simons

Associate Professor of Political Science and the Media School

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 concerns the connection between media, politics and popular culture. He focuses on the interdisciplinary study of images (especially political images) in his teaching and research. 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:


  • Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Publication Highlights

  • “Peace of Ass / Walking the Peace Talk: A non-artists’ statement” [with Ariel Katz]. International Journal of Žižek Studies, Vol 9 No. 1 (2015).
  • “Divine Violence, Divine Peace: Gaza 2014,” in Jon Simons (ed.) Theory & Event Vol. 18 No. 1 (January 2015).
  • “The People Demand Social Justice.” AJS Perspectives, Fall 2014.
  • “Promoting Peace: Peace Now as a graphic peace movement, 1987-1993,” Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 5 (2013).
  • “Power, Resistance and Freedom.” In Chris Falzon, Timothy O’Leary and Jana Sawicki (eds.) A Companion to Foucault (Blackwell: Oxford, 2013), pp. 301-319.
  • “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). 
  • 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).
  •  “Ideology, Imagology and Critical Thought: The Impoverishment of Politics.” Journal of Political Ideology Vol. 5 No. 1 (2000), pp. 81-103.
  • Foucault and the Political (Routledge: London, 1995)