Dr Sebastian Svegaard

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Doctor of Philosophy (Birmingham City University)

Sebastian is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Digital Media Research Centre  (DMRC) at the Queensland University of Technology, working under the Digital Publics program on Professor Axel Bruns's Australian Laureate Fellowship project "Determining the Drivers and Dynamics of Partisanship and Polarisation in Online Public Debate".

He holds a PhD in Media Studies from Birmingham City University (United Kingdom), where he studied the use of affect and music to communicate critical textual readings in fan-made music videos (vids). Previously, he obtained both his MA (research) and BA at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) in the field of Musicology with a minor in history and a special study focus of gender studies.

Sebastian's current research focuses on applying a fan studies lens to the problems of partisanship and polarisation, as well as collaborating on the wider Discourse research stream within the project. His wider research interests sit across fields, with a unifying focus on the interplay between notions of identity, affect, fandom, belonging, and how such factors influence and interact with publics, politics and polarisation.

Previous teaching includes Subcultural studies, Celebrity studies and Fan studies as well as introductions to Media theory and Critical theory.

He retains his connections to music and culture through participating in the editorial board of Riffs.