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Jack Black

Dr. Jack Black BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer


I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with research interests in the disciplines of sport, media/cultural studies, and psychoanalysis. I have published on topics relating to race and racism; sport, politics, and national identity; comedy and humour; political ecology; and film and television studies. My teaching involves introductory modules on philosophy and sociology as well as leading the research methodology and methods module.


Jack Black is a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and affiliated with the Centre for Culture, Media and Society, where he is Research Lead for the ‘Anti-Racism Research Group’. After completing his undergraduate and postgraduate education at Loughborough University, Jack joined Sheffield Hallam in 2014. Previous teaching posts included the University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University. An interdisciplinary researcher, working within psychoanalysis, media, and cultural studies, Jack is the author of Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy – A Psychoanalytic Exploration (Routledge, 2021). His current research focuses on race, racism, and psychosis as well as online hate during international sporting events (‘Tackling Online Hate in Football’).

Sociology, media and communications, national identity and nationalism, social theory.


Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

Health And Wellbeing

Subject Area:

  • Sport


  • BA (Hons) Sport Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport


  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Introduction to Thinking Sociologically and Philosophically


Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy
Sport, Politics and National Identity in the UK
Tackling Online Hate in Football (AHRC/IRC)
Racial Psychosis and the Horror Genre
The Political Ecology of Cycling



Journal articles

Black, J. (2022). On reflexive racism: disavowal, deferment and the lacanian subject. Diacritics, 48 (4), 76-101.

Black, J. (2021). Slipping on Banana Skins and Falling Through Bars: “True” Comedy and the Comic Character. Galactica Media: Journal of Media Studies, 3 (3), 110-121.

Black, J., Lake, R.J., & Fletcher, T. (2021). An Unnerving Otherness: English Nationalism and Rusedski’s Smile. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society.

Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (2021). Temporal Ontology in Ecology: Developing an ecological awareness through time, temporality and the past-present parallax. Environmental Philosophy.

Black, J. (2020). Sport and the ‘National Thing’: Exploring Sport’s Emotive Significance. Sport in Society.

Black, J. (2020). ‘I Am (big) M(Other)’: Lacan’s big Other and the Role of Cynicism in Grant Sputore’s I Am Mother. Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics, (80), 121-131.

Black, J. (2020). COVID-19: Approaching the In-Human. Contours: Journal of the SFU Humanities Institute, 10 (Fall).

Black, J. (2020). Reflexivity or orientation? Collective memories in the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand national press. Memory Studies.

Black, J. (2020). Retroactive causation and the temporal construction of news: contingency and necessity, content and form. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 1-16.

Black, J. (2020). “A form of socially acceptable insanity”: Love, comedy and the digital in Her. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.

Black, J. (2020). COVID-19 and the Real Impossible. International Journal of Žižek Studies, 14 (2), 1-22.

Black, J. (2020). Football is “the most important of the least important things”: The Illusion of Sport and COVID-19. Leisure Sciences, 1-7.

Black, J., Fletcher, T., & Lake, R.J. (2020). ‘Success in Britain comes with an awful lot of small print’: Greg Rusedski and the precarious performance of national identity. Nations and Nationalism, 1-20.

Cherrington, J., & Black, J. (2020). Spectres of nature in the trail building assemblage. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, 3 (1), 71-93.

Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (2020). ‘Nature doesn’t care that we’re there’: Re-Symbolizing Nature’s ‘Natural’ Contingency. International Journal of Žižek Studies, 14 (1), 1-26.

Whigham, S., & Black, J. (2019). London 2012, Glasgow 2014 and athletes as political symbols – the precarious positioning of athletes within the evolving contemporary politics of the United Kingdom. European Journal for Sport and Society.

Cherrington, J., & Black, J. (2019). Mountain bike trail building, ‘dirty’ work and a new terrestrial politics. World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.

Black, J. (2019). Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School. Rethinking Marxism, 31 (4), 532-535.

Black, J. (2019). “You ain’t gonna get away wit’ this, Django”: Fantasy, fiction and subversion in Quentin Tarantino’s, Django Unchained. Quarterly review of film and video.

Black, J. (2019). Conviviality and Parallax in David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Forgotten History. European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Black, J. (2018). From mood to movement: English nationalism, the European Union and taking back control. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research.

Black, J. (2018). The subjective and objective violence of terrorism: analysing “British values” in newspaper coverage of the 2017 London Bridge attack. Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Cherrington, J., Black, J., & Tiller, N. (2018). Running away from the taskscape : ultramarathon as ‘dark ecology’. Annals of Leisure Research, 1-21.

Whigham, S., & Black, J. (2018). Glasgow 2014, the media and Scottish politics – the (post)imperial symbolism of the Commonwealth Games. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 20 (2), 360-378.

Black, J. (2018). The United Kingdom and British Empire: A Figurational Approach. Rethinking History, 22 (1), 3-24.

Black, J., & Whigham, S. (2017). ‘Team GB’ or ‘Team Scotland’? Media representations of ‘Britishness’ and ‘Scottishness’ at London 2012 and Glasgow 2014. Journalism.

Black, J., & Fielding-Lloyd, B. (2017). Re-establishing the ‘outsiders’: English press coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Black, J. (2016). The reification of celebrity : global newspaper coverage of the death of David Bowie. International Review of Sociology, 27 (1), 202-224.

Black, J. (2016). 'As British as fish and chips': British newspaper representations of Mo Farah during the 2012 London Olympic Games. Media, Culture & Society, 38 (7), 979-996.

Black, J. (2016). Celebrating British multiculturalism, lamenting England/Britain’s past. Nations and Nationalism, 22 (4), 786-802.

Maguire, J., Black, J., & Darlington, B. (2015). ‘The Day the Flame Came to Town’: The Olympic flame, symbol, community and commodification. Sociology of Sport Journal, 32 (2), 117-139.

Black, J., & Ewen, N. (2013). Team GB, or no Team GB, that is the Question: Olympic football and the Post-War Crisis of Britishness. Sport in History, XXII, 302-324.

Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (n.d.). Posthuman to Inhuman: mHealth technologies and the digital health assemblage. Theory & Event.

Conference papers

Black, J. (2021). ‘It’s (not) Coming Home’: English Football, English Nationalism and the Comedy in English Melancholy. In Nationalism and Irony Symposium, Sheffield Hallam University, 7 September 2021.

Black, J. (2021). “The Rusedski smile... Are we really that desperate for success?”: English Nationalism, the Body and the Other – Making Sense of Rusedski’s “Smile” [Abstract only]. In ‘Psychosocial Bodies’, Association of Psychoanalysis Studies Conference, Virtual, 1 July 2021 - 10 July 2021.

Black, J. (2018). 'Is it bigger than the bread bin?': Parallax, Parapraxis and the Multicultural Representation of British Media Events. In Diversity within events, tourism and hospitality, Leeds, UK, 2018.

Black, J. (2018). Media, Memory and Sporting Mega-Events. In Changing the rules of the game? An interdisciplinary symposium examining the relationship between sport and media, Loughborough University, 16 May 2018 - 17 May 2018.

Black, J. (2017). Transcending sport: The reification of Muhammad Ali. In Ali in Un/Expected Spaces, University of Turku, Turku, Finland, 17 May 2017 - 19 May 2017.

Black, J., & Whigham, S. (2015). "Team GB", "Team England" or "Team Scotland"? Media Representations of "Britishness", "Englishness" and "Scottishness" in London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 [abstract only]. In BSA Annual Conference 2015, 1 April 2015 - 3 April 2015.

Black, J. (2014). "They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world": English nationalism during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games [abstract only]. In BSA Annual Conference 2014, Leeds, UK, 2 April 2014 - 4 April 2014.

Black, J. (2013). 'Narratives of Empire': An investigation into the English national press coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Ceremonies. In Olympic Legacies: International Conference – Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities, University of East London, London, UK, 4 September 2013 - 6 September 2013.

Black, J. (2013). "The Imperial Elephant in the Room": British identification during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Ceremonies [abstract only]. In Formations and Representations of British National Identity, Warwick, UK, 2 September 2013.

Black, J. (2013). 'Narratives of Empire': An investigation into the English national press coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Ceremonies’. In Britishness in the 21st Century, Keele University, Keele, UK, 19 June 2013.

Black, J. (2013). 'Narratives of Empire': An investigation into the English national press coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Ceremonies. In BSA Teaching Group Regional Day Conference, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, 15 June 2013.

Black, J. (2019). Parallax, Parapraxis and the Multicultural Representation of British Media Events. In Critical Issues in Contemporary Sport, Oxford, UK, 1 March 2019.

Black, J. (2018). "We’re always looking for females": Gender Disparities and Power Dynamics in the Sports Journalism Industry. In Gender Differentiation in Media Industries, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 4 June 2018 - 6 June 2018.

Book chapters

Black, J. (2022). The Appearance of Authority in Health and Wellbeing Media: Analysing Digital Guru Media through Lacan’s 'Big Other'. In Lawrence, S. (Ed.) Digital Wellness, Health and Fitness Influencers. Critical Perspectives on Digital Guru Media. London: Routledge:

Black, J. (2022). Football is 'the most important of the least important things': The Illusion of Sport and COVID-19. In Lashua, B., Johnson, C.W., & Parry, D.C. (Eds.) Leisure in the time of Coronavirus: A Rapid Response. Routledge

Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (2020). Community as Hyperobject: Exploring the ‘Spectral Plains’ of Leisure. In Glover, T., & Sharpe, E. (Eds.) Leisure and its Communities: Rethinking Mutuality, Collective Expression, and Belonging in the New Century. Routledge

Black, J. (2015). Portraying Britain’s past: English national newspaper coverage of the 2012 London Olympic ceremonies. In Poynter, G., Viehoff, V., & Li, Y. (Eds.) The London Olympics and Urban Development: The Mega-Event City. (pp. 320-334). Abingdon: Routledge


Black, J. (2021). Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy A Psychoanalytic Exploration. Routledge.


Bairner, A., Black, J., Bowes, A., & Whigham, S. (2021). Department for Culture, Media and Sport CommitteeCall for Evidence – May 2021. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Matthews, C.R., Channon, A., & Black, J. (2015). Learning & Teaching in Sociology - A Report by the British Sociological Association. The British Sociological Association (BSA).

Internet Publications

Black, J. (2021). Suburban Superheroes: Utopia and Trauma in WandaVision.

Black, J. (2020). Devs and the Parallax Ending.

Black, J. (2020). Mr. Robot – Part Three: ‘...the voyeurs who think they aren’t a part of this...’: Mr. Robot and the Subject.

Black, J. (2020). Mr Robot - Part Two: ‘Run Away with Me’ – Content, Form and Romantic Failure, an Ideological Critique (Scene Analysis).

Black, J. (2020). Mr. Robot – Part One: ‘Our Democracy has been hacked’ – Critiquing Mr. Robot.

Black, J. (2020). From Fight Club to Gaze – Making Sense of Sam Esmail’s Mr. Robot, An Introduction.

Black, J. (2020). Watchmen’s Parallax View – handling past traumas and present tensions.

Whigham, S., & Black, J. (2018). Glasgow 2014, the media and Scottish politics – the (post)imperial symbolism of the Commonwealth Games and the push for ‘Empire 2.0’.

Other publications

Black, J. (2022). Zizek and Comedy with Jack Black (Part Two). Zizek & So On:

Black, J. (2022). Zizek and Comedy with Jack Black (Part One). Zizek & So On:

Black, J. (2021). Lacanian Analysis & Racist Jokes. PlasticPills: Philosophy & Critical Theory Podcast:

Black, J. (2021). 'Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy – A Psychoanalytic Exploration', by Jack Black, interviewed by Lee Pierce. New Books Network:

Other activities

Group Lead for the 'Anti-Racism Research Group' (Centre for Culture, Media and Society) Seminar Convenor, 'Contemporary Conversations in Culture, Media and Society' (Centre for Culture, Media and Society)

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in offering PhD supervision for topics related to media/cultural studies; analyses of race/racism; and, political ecology in sport/leisure practices.

Current PhD Students:

Freya Collier-Sewell, ‘Well prepared? Racism, whiteness and mental health nurse education in Scotland.’

Alice McNeil, ‘Physical Activity and Climate Anxiety.’

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