Dr Jamie Hakim joined UEA as a Lecturer in Media Studies in 2014. His current research project is called the Male Body in Digital Culture. This project explores the recent rise in popularity of different digitally-mediated, male body practices. These include: i) the rise of men sharing images of their worked out bodies on social networking sites; ii) the rise of gay men using smartphone hook-up apps to organise ‘chemsex’ sessions; iii) the rise of the celebrity male nude internet leak. All of these practices have emerged since 2008. As such, he is exploring them as embodied responses to cultural changes that have occurred during the neoliberal austerity moment. A number of research outputs are emerging from this project (see Publications).
He is a member of the Soundings editorial collective.
Before embarking on an academic career Jamie worked in different editorial positions at Attitude – Europe's leading gay culture magazine: Front Editor (2003-2005) Deputy Editor (2005-2008) and Senior Contributing Editor(2008–2014).
He teaches on Magazines and on the Visual Cultures module.
BA (Sussex) MA (University of East London) PhD (University of East London)
'The Spornosexual': the affective contradictions of male body-work in neoliberal digital culture,
in Journal of Gender Studies
pp. 231-241Full Text UEA Repository
Press discourses on Roma in the UK, Finland and Hungary,
in Ethnic and Racial Studies
pp. 1151-1169Full Text UEA Repository
Mediated intimacies: bodies, technologies and relationships,
in Journal of Gender Studies
pp. 249-253Full Text
“I’m selling the dream really aren’t I?”: Sharing Fit Male Bodies on Social Networking Sites,
in Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives.
Affect and Popular Zionism in the British Jewish Community after 1967,
in European Journal of Cultural Studies
pp. 672-689Full Text UEA Repository
‘Fit is the new rich’: male embodiment in the age of austerity,
in Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture
pp. 84-94UEA Repository
Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim Racisms, and the question of Palestine/Israel,
Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel Online Paper Series Introduction,
London: City of Paradox,
Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting: a festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis,
Key Research Interests
Jamie's research is situated within the tradition of British cultural studies that analyses popular culture in order to map the hegemonic struggles taking place at a given historical moment. It is particularly interested in the role that the embodied and affective dimensions of popular culture play in these struggles. His PhD explored the affective dimensions of Zionism’s struggle for hegemony in Britain after 1967. His current research is looking at how digital media has opened the male body as a significant site in neoliberalism's struggle for hegemony.