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Nick joined the School of English and Media Studies in 2013, having completed his doctorate at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 2012. He apparently has trouble keeping his research interests in check, but when forced will suggest that he studies the political nature of popular culture, in particlar the role of humour as an aesthetic category, and the interrelation of aesthetic theory, political economics and popular culture. He is currently working on a manuscript addressing the emergence of novel forms of humour into the mass media of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and the manner in which those new forms of humour might be thought to act and intervene in the political formations of liberal capitalism. This project involves wedding close analyses of contemporary media humour texts, such as Family Guy, The Office, Jackass and The Daily Show, with a reformulation of the aesthetic tradition of Cultural Marxism and the Modernist Avant Garde.
Nick has also recently published articles on the adaptation of Japanese film, conspiracy theory and squirrels, presented conference papers on the political legacy of covers of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero," nature as a form of popular culture, and the posibilities and limitations of political critique in sci-fi cinema and prepared articles on Marvel Comics for an upcoming encyclopedia of comic books. Nick is the co-ordinator for the external iteration of Introduction to Media Studies (154.101), and teaches the internal and extramural versions of Adverting and Society (154.202) and Popular Culture and the Media (154.203).
Nick is interested in supervising, or just chatting about, any projects addressing humour (and related concepts of parody, satire, irony and comedy), advertising, aesthetic theory, Avant Garde-ism, Cultural Marxism, comic books, cultural studies more broadly or any combination of the above.
Nicholas Holm is a Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand where he teaches courses in popular culture and advertising. His research addresses the political role of aesthetics, in particular the aesthetics of popular culture, which he has explored in published articles in terms of mediated humour, urban wildlife, and the transnational adaptation of film. His current research addresses the political aesthetics of media humour and its relation to liberal politics. Nick teaches Introduction to Media Studes, Popular Culture and the Media and Advertising and Society.
Cultural and Media Theory, Humour, Advertising, Popular Culture, Political Aesthetics, Frankfurt School, Marxism and Post-Marxism, Eco-Criticism.
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Field of research codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Consumption and Everyday Life (200203): Cultural Studies (200200): Cultural Theory (200204): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Media Studies (200104): Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Humour, Satire, Comedy, Advertising, Cultural Theory, Cultural Studies, Urban Wildlife, Marxism and Marxist Theory, Capitalism, Comic Books, Cartoons.