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Dr Rafal Zaborowski

Rafal Zaborowski prLecturer in Digital Culture

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2425
Address: Department of Digital Humanities
S3.28, Strand Campus
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



In my research I look at the intersections of media audiences, texts and producers, focusing especially on the role played by sound in people's everyday lives. More specifically, I am interested how social practices of listening and engagements with music media correspond to generational positions in modern digital cultures. I am also interested in the issues of voice and representation, with special attention to media framing of crisis and migration.

I hold a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MA in Media and Cultural Studies from Tohoku University, and a BA in Sociology from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. Prior to joining King’s I taught in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Media audiences; participation and interpretation
  • Representation, crisis, migration, refugee studies
  • East Asian digital culture
  • Popular music, sound and image
  • Qualitative methodology in digital humanities
Selected Publications
  • Zaborowski, R. (forthcoming, 2019) Music generations in the digital age: Social practices of listening and idols in Japan. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Chouliaraki, L. and Zaborowski, R. (2017) “Voice and community in the 2015 refugee crisis: A Content Analysis of News Coverage in Eight European Countries”, International Communication Gazette, 79(6).
  • Zaborowski, R. (2016) “Hatsune Miku and Japanese virtual idols”, in S. Whiteley and S. Rambarran (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality, New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • Georgiou, M. and Zaborowski, R. (2016) Media coverage of the “refugee crisis”: A cross-European perspective. Council of Europe, Strasbourg. 
  • Zaborowski, R. and Dhaenens, F. (2016) “Old topics, old approaches? 'Reception' in television studies and music studies”, Participations 13(1).
Expertise and public engagement 

I have served as an expert on the mediation of the “refugee crisis” for numerous European bodies, including the Council of Europe, European Economic and Social Committee and the EU Directorate-General. I frequently discuss European and Japanese media in public and private media outlets (most recently and Radio Luxembourg) and the various pronunciations of my name are always a thrill.


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