I was born in Szczecin, Poland, and spent there my two first decades (including a short stint in Law studies at University of Szczecin) before I moved to Beppu, Japan to pursue an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU). There I became interested in the idea of ordinariness in Japanese popular culture. My undergraduate thesis investigated the everyday imagery in the works of director Makoto Shinkai. After APU I moved up north and started an MA in the School of International Cultural Studies at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. My masters thesis on youthful values in popular song lyrics combined my previous interests with a new fascination of the role of music in everyday life.
Following this, I moved back to Europe to start a PhD in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In my doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Sonia Livingstone, I discussed the nature, quality and implications of audience engagements with popular music. Specifically, I looked at two post-war Japanese generations and analysed their practices and interpretations of music encounters through a qualitative, mixed-method approach. Following the legacy of audience studies, I proposed an account of music listening in terms of audience engagements linked to institutions, texts, contexts, performances and authorship.
In 2015 I became a Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. I moved around a number of times since coming to London, but mostly stayed on the Northern Line.
I remain interested in music reception and social practices of listening as well as the co-evolution of media audiences and media institutions. I am fascinated by media engagements as cultural and social practices and I try to understand how generational positions affect work and leisure. Parallel to that, I am also extending my research area to East Asia to compare processes of production, circulation and reception between Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan. I am also investigating representation and gender performance in Japanese popular songs. Outside of Japan and music, I have been researching the trends of newspaper coverage of the "migration crisis" in European press.
I wish I had more time to read trashy SF, comic books and play boardgames.