Manuel Hernández-Pérez

Dr Manuel Hernández-Pérez

Lecturer in Digital Design and Programme Director / Leader for BA Game and Entertainment Design

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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Manuel Hernández-Pérez is a lecturer in digital design at the University of Hull where he is programme leader for the BA Game and Entertainment Design course.

He has conducted research on video games, social networks' narrative aspects and, more recently, on Japanese media industries with a special focus on cross-media narratives and cross-cultural readings of manga and anime products.

His interests are also linked to the practical applications of narrative video games.



Research Interests

  • Media and psychology
  • Narrative theory
  • Transmedia products
  • Cross-cultural readings
  • Video games and Narrative

Research groups

  • Active collaborator on 'European History of Anime Markets', a project coordinated by Marco Pellitteri (Kōbe University, Japan and Ca’ Foscari University, Venice)
  • Member of AEJE - Asociacion Espanola de Estudios Japoneses (Spanish Japanese Studies Association)
  • Part of the British Council Newton Fund Workshop 2017, 'Learning without Boundaries'


Hernández-Pérez, M. (2017). Manga, anime y videojuegos. Narrativa cross-media japonesa [Manga, Anime and Videogames. CrossMedia Japanese Narratives]. Zaragoza, Spain: Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza.

Hernández-Pérez, M., Corstorphine, K., & Stephens, D. (2017). 'Cartoons vs. manga movies: a brief history of anime in the UK'. Mutual Images, 2(1), 1-39.

Hernández-Pérez, M. (2016). 'Animation, branding and authorship in the construction of the ‘anti-Disney’ ethos: Hayao Miyazaki’s works and persona through Disney film criticism'. Animation. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11(3): 297-313.

Hernández-Pérez, M. (2015). 'Constructing the Mangaverse: Narrative Patterns in Marvel’s Appropriation of Manga Products'. In C. Brienza (Ed.), Global Manga. "Japanese" Comics without Japan? (pp. 167-184). Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.

Hernández-Pérez, Manuel, and José Gabriel Ferreras Rodríguez. 'Serial Narrative, Intertextuality, and the Role of Audiences in the Creation of a Franchise: An Analysis of the Indiana Jones Saga from a Cross-Media Perspective'. Mass Communication and Society 17.1 (2014): 26-53.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Multi-Platform Storytelling
  • Design for User Experience
  • Principles of Animation
  • Game and Entertainment Studies
  • Digital Curation (MA)

Research PhDs

Dr Hernández-Pérez likes to think of himself as what Jenkins called an 'aca-fan', who spends his time enjoying cultural products at the same time as making a contribution to scholarly knowledge.

Thus, his research interest are wide, although they can be considered to fit within these general research lines.

  • Animation studies
  • Communication theory
  • Comic-book / sequential language
  • Cross-cultural readings on media psychology and media approaches
  • Transmedia narrative
  • Video Games

Students with research projects should feel free to contact him. More information about Dr Hernández-Pérez's research is available on his or ResearchGate profiles.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Mona Ahmed Ismail Arslan, Government and Entrepreneurship SNS Dialogue: Egyptian Political Marketing Review. Supervisors: Dr Darren Mundy and Dr Manuel Hernandez-Perez

Completed PhD supervisions 

  • MA in Digital Media by Research  “Design of Mobile app for Fitness” (March, 2017)

  • MA in Digital Media by Research “Comparative Studies of CBT in face to face and on-line environments” (June, 2017


Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship (2015)
  • ANECA accreditation, Spanish Education and Science Ministry (2013)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA and MA Psychology, University of Murcia, Spain (1999-2004)
  • MA Advertising and Public Relations, University of Murcia, Spain (2004-2006)
  • PGCE, University of Murcia, Spain (2007)
  • Phd in Information Management, University of Murcia, Spain (2007-2013)

External roles

  • Worked with many agents in the media sphere including foundations, TV channels and production houses.

Awards and accolades

  • Extraordinary Award for Phd (University of Murcia, 2013-2015)

Professional highlights

  • Visiting Lecturer in Catholic University ‘San Vicente Martir’ (Valencia, Spain), 2013
  • Visiting Lecturer in University of Murcia (Spain), 2012-2013