Professor Luke Hockley

Professor of Media Analysis

Luke Hockley

My research interests are concerned with exploring the connections between film theory and clinical psychotherapy.

As a practicing psychotherapist I am particularly struck by the ways that clients talk about film in therapy and how different this is to the way that academics use psychoanalytic theory to analyse films.

I supervise research that aims to develop a psychological understanding of how contemporary media communicates, in films, television and social media. Another area of expertise concerns the way in which we develop a personal relationship with different media, and how this influences their psychological meaning for us. I am currently supervising research students investigating Jung and Marvel Superheroes, and representations of grief in films.

I am in the process of writing two books for Routledge: Focus on Jung, Politics and Cinema and From Ego to Eco: Bergson, Jung and Individuation at the Cinema.


  • PhD, University of Stirling, 1988.
  • BA (Hons) Applied Film, Television and Photography. University of Middlesex, 1984.

External roles

  • Joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies 2012-2020
  • President of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies 2019-2021



  • The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies. Editor in Chief. Including my chapter, Feeling Film: time, space and the third image, 2018. Winner of the International Association of Jungian Studies book award for Best Edited Collection (2018).
  • Jungian Film Studies the Essential Guide with Dr Morozow: December Routledge, 2016.
  • The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sell us a Fairytale, co-eds Nadi Fadina Including my chapter, Alienating Gender: Contrasexuality in the Movies: From Ripley to Snowwhite. Routledge 2015
  • Somatic Cinema: The Relationship Between Body and Screen – a Jungian Perspective. Routledge, 2014. ISBN 978-0-415-66923-8
  • Jung and Film II: Further Takes on the Moving Image, co-eds Christopher Hauke. Routledge, 2011. Including my chapter – Depth Psychology and The Cinematic Experience: The Third Image. ISBN-978-0-415-48897-6
  • House – a sebzett gyógyító a televízióban. Oriold Pack Zrt 2011. ISBN 978-963-9771-54-3
  • House: The Wounded Healer on Television. Jungian and Post-Jungian Reflections, co-eds Dr Leslie Gardner, Routledge, 2010. Including my chapter - Doctoring Individuation: Gregory House, Physician, Detective or Shaman? ISBN-10: 0415479134 (English, Hungarian)
  • Frames of Mind: A Post-Jungian Look at Film, Television and Technology, Intellect Books, 2007 978-1-84150-171-0
  • The Television Industry Book (co-eds with Douglas Gomery). British Film Institute (BFI) 2006. ISBN 1–84457–107–6
  • Film Çözümlemesinde Jungcu Yaklaçim, Es Yayinlri, 2004. ISBN 975871622-0
  • Cinematic Projections: The Analytical Psychology of C. G. Jung and Film Theory, University of Luton Press, 2001. ISBN 1 86020 569 0 English, Turkish)

Other Publications

  • Losing the Plot: A Story of Individuation and the Movies. Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation. Volume XXXX, no 1. Spring 2010.
  • Foreword to Tim Burton: The Monster and the Crowd. By Helena Bassil-Morozow. Routledge, 2010.
  • Shaken not Stirred: James Bond as Puer, in Perpetual Adolescence: Jungian Analyses of American Media, Literature, and Pop Culture State University of New York Press (SUNY) (2009) ISBN-10: 1438428006, ISBN-13: 978-1438428000
  • Cinema as Illusion and Reality, Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture. Vol 73: 2005. ISBN 1-882670-30-2
  • BSkyB in BFI Television Handbook 2005: The Essential Guide to UK TV ed Alistair D McGown, British Film Institute, London , 2005
  • Watching Films: The Affective Power of Cinema, Harvest: Journal for Jungian Studies. Vol 50: no. 2, 2004. ISSN 0266-4771
  • Detective Films and Images of the Orient: A Post-Jungian Reflection, in Post-Jungian Criticism: Theory and Practice, State University of New York Press, 2004. James S Baumlin, Tita French Baumlin and George H Jensen (eds). ISBN 0-7914-5957-8
  • Jung, Harvest: Journal for Jungian Studies, Vol 48: no1, 2002. Book review article
  • Science Fiction Film in Television Genres, BFI, 2001. Glen Creeber (ed). ISBN 0-85170-850-1
  • Film Noir: Archetypes or Stereotypes?, in Jung and Film: Post Jungian Takes on Film, Routledge, 2001. Chris Hauke and Ian Alister (eds). ISBN 1-58391-13204 (English, Korean)
  • Spectacle as Commodity: Special Effects in Feature Films, in Multimedia a Critical Introduction, Routledge, 2000. Richard Wise (ed). ISBN 0-415-12150-7
  • Untangling the World Wide Web - a Jungian Analysis, Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Autumn 2000, 6:3. ISSN 1354-8565
  • Digital Media Studies, Computers and Texts, CTI Textual Studies, Nos. 18-19 Spring, 2000. Luke Hockley, Peter Dean
  • The Cyborg: A Symbol of Hope or Alienation? - (An extended two book review) Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Spring 1997, 3:1. ISSN 1354-8565
  • Inter Between Actus Done , Convergence: Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Autumn 1996 Vol. 2 Is 2. ISSN 1354-8565
  • Encountering Digital Media, in Computers and Teaching in the Humanities. Selected papers from CATH 1994. (Centre for Computers and Teaching, Oxford University, 1996). ISBN 0-9523301-2-1
  • Media Studies: The Virtual Workshop in Aspects of Education Technology XXVIII Kogan
  • Page 1995 ISBN 0-7494 14146. Luke Hockley Peter Dean
  • Development of an Interactive Library Guide at the British Film Institute, Program: automated library and information systems, July 1995 Vol 29 No3, David Sharp, Peter Dean, Luke Hockley. ISSN 0033 0337
  • Broadcasting for a Multicultural Europe: co-editor and author of the conference report for the policy formation conference of the same name. ISBN 1 89837500 3 (1993)

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