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Dr James Jordan 

Head of Department; Karten Associate Professor in Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

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Dr James Jordan is a Karten Lecturer, Parkes Institute for Jewish/non-Jewish Relations in English at the University of Southampton.

I came to Southampton in 1994 as an undergraduate in English and History. An MA in Jewish History and Culture was followed by a PhD entitled Bearing Witness to the Holocaust in the Courtroom of American Fictive Film. This thesis was grounded in the tension between film and history, exploring how different strategies of representation have been used to bear witness to the Holocaust in the cinematic courtroom.

In 2005-6 I worked as Teaching Fellow in Jewish Fictions and Modernism at Southampton. I subsequently held the Ian Karten Research Fellowship, a five-year post within English under the auspices of the Parkes Institute for Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, before becoming the Karten Lecturer for the Parkes Institute.

Research interests

My work takes me across a number of different fields that intersect with an interest and research expertise in Holocaust studies and education, Post-war Britain, museums and public history, film and television studies, history, race and racism.

I am currently writing a monograph on the role and representation of Jews in post-war British television. This will use influential figures such as Ronald Waldman (head of Light Entertainment) and Rudolph Cartier (the celebrated producer and director) to explore the pivotal role played behind the scenes by Jews in the early days of BBC television and to argue that the BBC was culturally diverse in its staff and output. With that in mind, this research also considers the on-screen presence and representation of ‘the Jew’, Jewish culture and traditions, and Judaism across the same period, analysing the implications this has for the notion of a multicultural Britain. I am also working on a related project looking specifically at how the Holocaust has been reported, depicted and indeed imagined by BBC television from 1946 to 1979. Examples of the initial findings of these projects can be seen by going to the publications tab.

I welcome any and all enquiries on any of the above subjects and would be delighted to hear from anyone prospective PhD students wanting to work in a related area.

I am the co-editor of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, an interdisciplinary journal published by Vallentine Mitchell in association with the Parkes Institute which explores the history and memory of the Nazi persecution and mass murder of the Jews and other Nazi genocides. The Journal is interested in publishing work on the Nazi genocides as historical and social phenomena, their origins and consequences, as well as issues of cultural representation and memorialisation through the investigation of film, literature, testimony and public rituals.

Visit the Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History website.




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