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Professor Scott Wilson

Professor of Media and Communication


I teach on both the BA and MA (Hons) Media and Communication. I am the co-editor with Michael Dillon of The Journal for Cultural Research (Taylor & Francis) and co-editor with Eleni Ikoniadou of the series ‘Media Philosophy' (Rowman & Littlefield Intl). I am a regular contributor to The Lacanian Review Online edited by Marie-Hélène Brousse and France Jaigu. My most recent book was Stop Making Sense: Music from the Perspective of the Real (Karnac, 2015). I am currently writing a book on Scott Walker and existentialism (Bloomsbury), and putting together The Georges Bataille Cookbook as part of my Art and Culinary Heterology project with the artist Edia Connole. I continue to supervise PhD students in many different areas including Media, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Politics, Contemporary Relational Art, Contemporary Chinese Art, Film and Literature. 

Areas of specialism

  • Media and Communication
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Georges Bataille and culinary heterology
  • Scott Walker and Sound Studies
  • Popular Music
  • Cultural Politics
  • Shakespeare
  • Contemporary (Chinese) Art

Courses taught




My current research lies in the following domains: media and affect; the work of Scott Walker (poetry and sound art); the legacy of Georges Bataille and culinary heterology (food art); the coherence between knowledge and delusion as a principle of construction in art and design, philosophy and applied science and technology -- I have for example papers on Steve Jobs, Gilles Deleuze, Nikola Tesla and Alan Turing.  

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 41.


Wilson, Scott (2018) Literary clinical practice : desire, depression and toxic masculinity in Hamlet. Journal for Cultural Research, 22(3), pp. 278-292. ISSN (print) 1479-7585

Wilson, Scott (2017) Nikola Tesla and the science of 'a successful paranoia'. Language and Psychoanalysis, 6(7), pp. 4-25. ISSN (online) 2049-324X

Agnew, Eadaoin, Alliez, Eric, Auerbach, Paul, Blackburn, Robert, Botting, Fred, Brady, Mary, Caygill, Howard, Chadwick, Howard, Chanter, Tina, Choat, Simon, Chu, Jonathan, Cinpoes, Radu, Coultas, Valerie, Dines, Martin, Dixon, Paul, Favretto, Ilaria, Finn, Peter, Giaxoglou, Korina, Goldsmith, Carlie, Hallward, Peter, Hawkins, Sue, Haywood, Peter, Higginbottom, Andrew, Ichijo, Atsuko, Isaac, Marina, Jensen, Meg, Kayyali, Reem, Kettyle, Ann, Lambrou, Marina, Latimer, Amanda, Linton, Marisa, Lipsedge, Karen, Malabou, Catherine, O Maoilearca, John, McQuillan, Martin, Micklethwaite, Paul, Morgan Wortham, Simon, O'Brien, Catherine, Osborne, Peter, Pinnock, Winsome, Piper, Jason, Ponto, Maria, Raphael, Sam, Reid, Trish, Roberts, Mike, Rogers, David, Sandford, Stella, Searby, Michael, Siddiki, Jalal Uddin, Smart, Jackie, Spencer, Philip, Stockhammer, Engelbert, Stuart, John, Suess, Eleanor, Swift, Allan, Upstone, Sara, Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic, Wells, Julian and Wilson, Scott (2014) Education should be a right for all. The Guardian,

Wilson, Scott (2010) Braindance of the Hikikomori: towards a return to speculative psychoanalysis. Paragraph, 33(3), pp. 392-409. ISSN (print) 0264-8334

Alvanson, Kristen, Masciandaro, Nicola and Wilson, Scott (2010) dESIRE gloss: a specimen. Glossator: practice and theory of the commentary, 3, pp. 95-126. ISSN (print) 2152-1506

Botting, David and Wilson, Scott (2002) This is not a presentation. Critical Quarterly, 44(3), pp. 27-36. ISSN (print) 0011-1562

Wilson, Scott (2002) Dying for a smoke: Freudian addiction and the joy of consumption. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 7(2), pp. 161-173. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Wilson, Scott (2002) Revisiting keywords of cultural materialism. European Journal of English Studies, 6(3), pp. 307-325. ISSN (print) 1382-5577

Botting, David and Wilson, Scott (2002) Venus in foam. New Formations, 46, pp. 64-84. ISSN (print) 0950-2378

Wilson, Scott (2000) Schizocapital and the branding of American psychosis. Journal for Cultural Research, 4(4), pp. 474-496. ISSN (print) 1479-7585


Wilson, Scott (2020) Scott Walker and the song of the one-all-alone. New York, U.S. : Bloomsbury. 232p. (EX:Centrics) ISBN 9781501332593

Ikoniadou, Eleni and Wilson, Scott, eds. (2015) Media After Kittler. London, U.K. : Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd. 197p. (Media Philosophy) ISBN 9781783481224

Wilson, Scott (2015) Stop making sense: music from the perspective of the real. London, U.K. : Karnac Books. 228p. (Psychoanalysis and popular culture) ISBN 9781782201984

Wilson, Scott (2014) Melancology: black metal theory and ecology. Winchester, U.K. : Zero Books. 246p. ISBN 9781780991894

Wilson, Scott (2008) Great Satan's rage: American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. 240p. ISBN 9780719074639

Wilson, Scott (2008) The order of joy: beyond the cultural politics of enjoyment. Albany, U.S. : State University of New York Press. 188p. (SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture) ISBN 9780791474495

Botting, Fred and Wilson, Scott (2001) Bataille. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave. 232p. (Transitions) ISBN 0333914619

Botting, Fred and Wilson, Scott (2001) The Tarantinian ethics. London, U.K. : Sage. 186p. ISBN 0761968377

Book Section

Wilson, Scott (2018) Figures in black : heavy metal and the mourning of the working class. In: Bentley, Nick , Johnson, Beth and Zieleniec, Andrzej, (eds.) Youth subcultures in fiction, film and other media : teenage dreams. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 147-163. (Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music) ISBN 9783319731889

Wilson, Scott (2018) Merzbow and the noise of object-oriented perversion. In: Matviyenko, Svitlana and Roof, Judith, (eds.) Lacan and the posthuman. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 171-192. (The Palgrave Lacan Series) ISBN 9783319763262

Wilson, Scott (2017) Frenzy, feeder, falcon: eroticism in the twenty-first century. In: Stronge, Will, (ed.) Georges Bataille and contemporary thought. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 11-32. ISBN 9781474268691

Wilson, Scott (2016) Gnomonology: Deleuze's Phobias and the Line of Flight between Speech and the Body. In: Nedoh, Bostjan and Zevnik, Andreja, (eds.) Lacan and Deleuze: A Disjunctive Synthesis. Edinburgh, UK : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 56-73. ISBN 9781474408295

Wilson, Scott (2015) The computer that couldn't stop : artificial intelligence and obsessional neurosis. In: Ikoniadou, Eleni and Wilson, Scott, (eds.) Media after Kittler. London, U.K. : Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd. pp. 111-134. (Media Philosophy) ISBN 9781783481224

Wilson, Scott (2014) The nonsense of detection: truth between science and the real. In: Connole, Edia , Ennis, Paul J. and Masciandaro, Nicola, (eds.) True detection. Schism Press. pp. 146-163. ISBN 9780692277379

Wilson, Scott (2013) Violence and love (in which Yoko Ono encourages Slavoj Žižek to 'Give peace a chance'). In: Matthews, Graham and Goodman, Sam, (eds.) Violence and the limits of representation. London, U.K. : Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 28-48. ISBN 9781137296894

Wilson, Scott (2012) Amusia, noise and the drive: towards a theory of the audio unconscious. In: Goddard, Michael , Halligan, Benjamin and Hegarty, Paul, (eds.) Reverberations : the philosophy, aesthetics and politics of noise. Continuum International Publishing. pp. 26-39. ISBN 9781441160652

Wilson, Scott (2010) BAsilieus philosoPHOrum METaloricum. In: Masciandaro, Nicola, (ed.) Hideous gnosis: black metal theory symposium I. U.S. : Createspace. pp. 33-52. ISBN 9781450572163

Wilson, Scott (2010) From forests unknown: Eurometal and the political/audio unconscious. In: Scott, Niall and Von Helden, Imke, (eds.) The metal void: first gatherings. Oxford, U.K. : Inter-Disciplinary Press. pp. 149-161. (Critical Issues) ISBN 9781904710875

Wilson, Scott (2010) Neuracinema. In: Gleyzon, Francois-Xavier, (ed.) David Lynch in theory. Czech Republic : Univerzita Karlova. pp. 70-86. ISBN 9788073083175

Wilson, Scott and Botting, David (2008) Gothspeare and the origins of cultural studies. In: Drakakis, John and Townshend, Dale, (eds.) Gothic Shakespeares. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 186-200. (Accents on Shakespeare) ISBN 9780415420662

Botting, David and Wilson, Scott (2007) Homoeconopoeisis II: presents, technology, enjoyment. In: McQuillan, Martin, (ed.) Deconstruction reading politics. Hampshire, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 197-219. ISBN 9780230536951

Wilson, Scott (2006) Writing excess: the poetic principle of post-literary culture. In: Waugh, Patricia, (ed.) Literary theory and criticism: an Oxford guide. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press. pp. 557-568. ISBN 9780199258369

Wilson, Scott and Botting, David (2004) Toy law, toy joy, Toy Story 2. In: Moran, Leslie , Loizidou, Elena , Christie, Ian and Sandon, Emma, (eds.) Law's moving image. London, U.K. : The GlassHouse Press. pp. 61-76. ISBN 9781904385011

Wilson, Scott (2004) The joy of things. In: Herbrechter, Stefan and Callus, Ivan, (eds.) Post-theory, culture, criticism. Amsterdam, Netherlands : Editions Rodopi B.V. pp. 167-188. (Critical Studies, no. 23) ISBN 9789042008304

Wilson, Scott (2003) Desire and addiction in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting. In: Sihui, Mao, (ed.) Decoding contemporary Britain. Beijing, China : Peking University Press. ISBN 9787301059371

Botting, David and Wilson, Scott (2003) Sexcrash. In: Arthurs, Jane and Grant, Iain, (eds.) Crash cultures: modernity, mediation and the material. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect Books. pp. 79-90. ISBN 9781841500911

Botting, David and Wilson, Scott (2002) Morlan. In: Zylinska, Joanna, (ed.) The cyborg experiments: the extensions of the body in the media age. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 149-167. (Technologies: Studies In Culture & Theory) ISBN 9780826459039

Botting, David and Wilson, Scott (2001) Homoeconopoeisis 1. In: McQuillan, Martin, (ed.) Deconstruction: a reader. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 263-274. ISBN 9780748612550

Botting, David and Wilson, Scott (2000) Dead time (a ghost story). In: Morra, Joanne , Robson, Mark and Smith, Marquard, (eds.) The limits of death: between philosophy and psychoanalysis. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 57-78. ISBN 9780719057519

Wilson, Scott (2000) Reading Shakespeare with intensity: a commentary on some lines from Nietzsche's Ecce Homo. In: Joughin, John J., (ed.) Philosophical Shakespeares. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 86-104. (Accents on Shakespeare) ISBN 9780415173889

Conference or Workshop Item

Wilson, Scott (2011) Rhythm, a-rhythmia and the revolutionary drive. In: Rhythm and Event; 29 Oct 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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