SOAS University of London

Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Joseph Owen Jackson

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Joe Jackson
Joseph Owen Jackson
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Thesis title:
Contemporary Representations of the African Diaspora in the Films, Music Videos and Commercial Works of Kahlil Joseph
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In 2018, I won the SOAS School of Arts Postgraduate Dissertation Prize and received a doctoral research scholarship from the Centre for Media and Film Studies. I completed my undergraduate degree in English Literature at UCL (2012-15) and my masters in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural at SOAS (2016-18). My expertise include: music video, mixed media and 'audio-divisual' studies.

PhD Research

My doctoral research explores the myriad ways in which experiences of the African diaspora are represented by the films, music videos and commercial works of director Kahlil Joseph. An accomplished artist across a broad range of visual practices, Joseph's projects draw from various forms of African culture – referencing Yoruba deities, Sierra Leonean literature and Senegalese film-masters – while expressing the diaspora's contemporary condition in a range of locations. Joseph has collaborated with musicians Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus and Sampha, as well as fashion labels Vans and KENZO, and telecommunications company O2.


Jackson, J O. (2019). "'Faceshopping' (2018) with SOPHIE: Masks, Makeup, Media and Modernity." In Media Res: Self-mediation in Contemporary Narrative Screen Media. NYU DLTS, New York University (New York). [Forthcoming]


Jackson, J O. (2019). "Crossroads of New Media: Music Video and the African Diaspora." Migration, Mobilities and Borders Conference. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (London).

Jackson, J O. (2019). "Adopting/Adapting the Visual Essay Form." UoL Screen Studies Group Research Conference. Birkbeck, University of London (London). [Forthcoming]

Jackson, J O., Bengesser C., Bindi, G., and Moore, R. (2019). UoL Screen Studies Group Research Conference: Inaugural Event. Birkbeck, University of London (London). [Forthcoming]


  • Film
  • Music Videos
  • Media Convergence
  • New Media
  • Network Societies
  • Aesthetics
  • (Post)humanities
  • Digitalisation
  • Culture Industries
  • Arts and Economics
  • Production Analysis
  • Co-Authorship
  • Literature and Film Adaptation
  • Diaspora Studies and the 'Crossroads' between African American and European arts


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