Bedfordshire academic claims best edited book prize

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A book edited by the University of Bedfordshire’s Professor Luke Hockley has won the International Association for Jungian Studies best edited book for 2018.

The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies edited by Prof Luke Hockley, who is a Research Professor of Media Analysis at the University of Bedfordshire, is a series of ground-breaking articles from 37 academics and clinicians from across the globe including Japan, Australia, South Africa, South Korea Russia, America, and Europe.

Prof Hockley, a practising psychotherapist and registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), is Series Editor for Jung the Essential Guides (Routledge) and President of the Jungian Society of Scholarly Studies based in North America.

The book maps the current state of debates within Jungian orientated film studies and sets them within a more expansive academic landscape. It shows how different Jungian approaches can inform and interact with a broad range of disciplines, including literature, digital media studies, clinical debates and concerns. 

The book also explores the life of film outside cinema - sometimes termed ‘post-cinema’ – and offers a series of articles exploring Jungian approaches to cinema and social media, computer games, mobile screens, and online communities.

Prof Hockley said: “I am delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award. The book demonstrates how our everyday experiences of the media can have a positive psychological effect on our lives and shows the global impact of Jungian scholarship in film and media studies.”

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