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Ms Jessica Evans

Ms Jessica Evans
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Snr Lecturer in Cultural & Media Studies


Research interests

Jessica’s research interests are the psychoanalytic aspects of the public sphere and its governance, particularly policy development based on the idea of civic renewal and the centrality of communities. More broadly she is interested in therapeutic culture and the place of emotions in public life, as well as the theoretical relationships between sociology and psychoanalysis. The other strand of her research is sociology of visual culture and photography. She has written widely on charity images of disability from within a psychosocial framework.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Evans, J. (2014) ‘Are you a secret hoarder?’ – OpenLearn, accessed at

Evans, J. (2014) ‘Stuart Hall: An OU Perspective’ – OpenLearn, accessed at

Evans, J., with S. Hall and S.Nixon (eds) (2013) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, London, Sage.

Evans, J. (2009) ‘Can we ever learn to love social workers?’ – OpenLearn, accessed at

Evans, J. (2009). 'As if' intimacy? Mediated persona, politics and gender’, in Day-Schlater , S., Jones W., D., Price, H.,and Yates, C. (eds.) Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives, Volume 1. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 72–84.

Evans, J. (2009) ‘Cathected Identities: governance and Community activism’, in Elliott, A. and du Gay, P. (eds.) Identity in Question, Volume 1. London: Sage, pp. 170–197.

Evans, J. (2008) ‘Tears or Icemaiden – is there a double standard for women in public life?’ – OpenLearn, accessed at

Evans, J. and Hesmondhalgh, D. (eds) (2005) Understanding Media: Inside Celebrity, Buckingham, Open University Press.

Evans, J. ‘Celebrity, Media and History’ in Evans and Hesmondhalgh (eds)

Evans, J. (2005) ‘Against Decorum! Jo Spence, a voice on the margins’, in Jo Spence, Barcelona, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). In English, Spanish and Catalan (major international catalogue)

Evans, J. (2004) Review essay on Love and Hate in the Welfare State by Lynn Froggett, International Journal of Critical Psychology, no.10, pp.182-188.

Evans, J. (2003) ‘Vigilance and Vigilantes: A Psychoanalytic View on Anti-Paedophile Protesters’, Theoretical Criminology, Vol. 7 (2) Spring. pp. 163-189

Evans, J. (2000) 'Feminism and photography: languages of exposure' in Pajackowsksa, C. and Carson, F. (eds) Feminism and Visual Culture, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.

Du Gay, P., Evans, J. and Redman, P. (eds) (2000) Identity: A Reader, London, Sage in association with The Open University.

Evans, J. (1999) 'Feeble monsters: making up disabled people' in Evans and Hall (eds)

Evans, J. and Hall, S. (eds) (1999) Visual Culture: The Reader, London, Sage in association with The Open University.

Boswell, D. and Evans, J. (eds) (1999) Representing the Nation: A Reader; Histories, Heritage and Museums, London, Routledge in association with The Open University.

Evans, J. (1998) 'In de geest van liefdadigheid? Fotografie en verstandleijk gehandicapten', chapter (on the representation of mental disability) in ter Haar, J.A.A. and Flikweert, D.A. (eds) Beelden en Beeldvorming (trans. A. ter Haar), Houten/Diegem, Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum, Netherlands.

Evans, J. (1997) 'Feeble monsters: making up disabled people' in Cobley, P. and Briggs, A. (eds) Introduction to Media Studies, London, Longman. [Also anthologized in Evans and Hall (eds) (1999) above.]

Evans, J. (1997) 'Camerawork in context' in Evans (ed.) (1997).

Evans, J. (1997) 'An affront to taste? The disturbances of Jo Spence' in Evans (ed.)

Evans, J. (ed.) (1997) The Camerawork Essays: Context and Meaning in Photography, London, Rivers Oram Press. (Received Arts Council Publishing Grant)

Evans, J. (1994) 'Victor Burgin and his polysemic dreamcoat' in Roberts, J. (ed.) Art Has No History: The Making and Unmaking of Modern Art, London, Verso.

Evans, J. (1992) 'Little Stephen: infantilism, projection and naturalism in the charity image' in Hevey, D. (ed.) The Creatures That Time Forgot: Charities and Disability Photography, London, Routledge.

Evans, J. (1988) ‘The Iron Cage of Visibility: a critique of dominant representations of mental handicap’, in Ten.8 International Photography Journal, no.29, pp. 38-51. ISSN 01429663

Evans, J. (1986/7) ‘The Imagined Referent – an analysis of photography within the institutions of medicine and charity’, Block, no.12, Winter, pp. 71-82.

Last updated: 26 January 2015