Sebastian is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Digital Media Research Centre, working on the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship funded project “Determining the Drivers and Dynamics of Partisanship and Polarisation in Online Public Debate”, led by Prof. Axel Bruns. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from Birmingham City University (UK), an MA and BA in Musicology from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Sebastian’s research is interdisciplinary with a unifying focus on fandom, identity and affect, with a current focus on these three factors as influences in polarisation and partisanship – both as intensifiers and mitigators. Previously, he has explored explore fan critique in narrative music video form (fanvids), the performance strategies of Rufus Wainwright and the uses of film music. Other interests include gender and sexuality studies, pop culture, and the concept of feels.
Previous teaching has been around Celebrity and Fan Studies as well as using fandom as a way of thinking about critical theory.