Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Paul Taylor

Senior Lecturer, Communications Theory

0113 343 5818

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.19

Office hours: Sem 1 Thursdays 1-3pm

MA (Edinb) PhD (Edinb)

Research Interests

My research interests focus upon critical theories of mass media culture – in particular, the works of Theodor Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer, and Jean Baudrillard; psychoanalytically-influenced media/film theory – including Friederich Kittler and Slavoj Zizek; and philosophically-informed perspectives upon the media – particularly the work of Martin Heidegger.


Undergraduate Modules:

Media Philosophy: Technological Dasein (3rd Year Option)

Cinematic Themes (2nd Year Core Module)

Film Theory and Aesthetics (3rd Year Option)

MA Teaching:

Radical Journalism (with Dr Chris Paterson)



  • Harris JL, Taylor PA (2005) Digital matters: The theory and culture of the matrix.
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203086483

  • Jordan T, Taylor PA (2004) Hacktivism and Cyberwars: Rebels with a cause?.
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203490037

Journal articles

  • Taylor PA (2007) “The Death of a Symbol in King Herod's Creche”, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 5.1

  • Taylor PA (2007) “Terror on the internet.”, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION. 22.1: 118-121.
    DOI: 10.1177/026732310702200110

  • Taylor PA (2007) “Terror on the internet.”, EUR J COMMUN. 22.1: 118-121.

  • Taylor PA (2006) “Pattern Recognition in Fast Capitalism: Calling Literary Time on the Theorists of Flux”, Fast Capitalism. 2.1

  • Taylor PA (2005) “From hackers to hacktivists: Speed bumps on the global superhighway?”, New Media and Society. 7.5: 625-646.
    DOI: 10.1177/1461444805056009

  • Taylor PA, Harris JLL (2005) “Phantom Objectivity”, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 2.2: 1-22.

  • Taylor PA (2004) “International Journal of Baudrillard Studies”, British Journal of Politics & International Relations.

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Humboldt's Rift: the commercialisation of European Higher Education”, European Political Science. 3.1: 75-84.

  • Taylor PA (2001) “Informational Intimacy & Futuristic Flu: Love & Confusion in the Matrix”, Information, Communication and Society. 4.1: 74-94.
    DOI: 10.1080/13691180110035740


  • Taylor PA (2007) “Hacktivism”, In: Donsbach W (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  • Taylor PA (2006) “'Die Politik der Fiktion - oder warum Literatur mehr ist als das was ich im Zug auf dem Weg zur Arbeit lese'.”, In: Harrasser K; Riedmann S; Scott A (eds.) Politik der Cultural Studies. Hamburg: Argument Verlag. 247-266

  • Taylor PA (2005) “Hacktivism”, In: Bidgoli H (eds.) The Handbook of Information Security.. john wiley & sons. 172-182

  • Taylor PA (2004) “Keyboard Protest: Hacktivist Spiders on the Web”, In: Carter J; Morland D (eds.) Anti-Capitalist Britain. New Clarion Press. 114-126

  • Taylor PA (2004) “Remote from Reality: Living in the New Plato's Cave”, In: Posey E (eds.) Remote: Creativity, Technology and Remoteness. Bloc Press. 16-20

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Hacktivists: Resistance is Fertile?”, In: Sumner C (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to Criminology. Blackwell Publishers. 486-500

  • Taylor PA (2003) “Misogynists or Maestros? Gender and the social construction of hacking”, In: Jewkes Y (eds.) Dot.Cons. Willan Publishers. 126-146

  • Taylor PA (2003) “TrickE-business: Malcontents in the Matrix”, In: Lubbe S (eds.) The Economic & Social Impacts of E-Commerce. Idea Group Publishers. 1-21

  • Taylor PA (2001) “The Social Construction of Hackers as Deviants”, In: Thio A; Calhoun TC (eds.) Readings in Deviant Behavior. Allyn & Bacon. 283-292

  • Taylor PA (2001) “Hacktivism: in search of lost ethics?”, In: Wall D (eds.) Crime and the Internet. Routledge. 59-73

Internet publications

  • Taylor PA (2007) Why Zizek? Why Now?. Hosted by Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds.

External Appointments

I am the General Editor of the International Journal of Zizek Studies and Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies , Fast Capitalism and the International Journal of Badiou Studies.


I am External Examiner for the MA in Mass Communications at the University of Leicester and the External Examiner for the Undergraduate Communications Programme of Keele University.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

I currently supervise:


Heidi Herzogenrath-Amelung

John MacWillie
Stuart Shaw

Carly O’Neill

Past Supervisions

Jesse Hearns-Branaman

Azeez Lukuman

Ting Wang

Jan Ll. Harris

David Kreps

Paul Aitken
Imanol Galfarsoro


Professional Practice

I have appeared regularly on various BBC Radio and World Service programmes as a commentator on a range of media and cultural issues. See for example: Woman’s Hour.


ONLINE VIDEOS relating to my research include:

Screening Thought, The Media’s Philosophical Problem – with Slavoj Zizek, London May 2011.

Zizek’s Violence – a lecture given as part of Bradley Evans’s Histories of Violence project.

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