Dr Lukasz Szulctemporary profile photo

Lecturer in Digital Media and Society

PhD

l.szulc@sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 222 6416 (external), 26416 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, B06f

Profile

Lukasz joined the Department in 2018 as a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society. He defended his PhD on nationalism and transnationalism in queer digital cultures in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp in 2015. He is a recipient of European Commission’s Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for the project on queer migrant identities and social media profiles, which he has conducted in the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Lukasz has been actively involved in the International Communication Association. He currently acts as the association’s board member and co-chair of the LGBTQ Interest Group (2017-2021), after serving as the group’s Student and Early Career Representative between 2016 and 2017.

Research

Lukasz’s work is dedicated to cultural and critical media studies which investigate the role of media in everyday life. He has been particularly interested in the intersections of queer, national and transnational identities in the context of globalisation and digital media. He usually discusses those topics from the perspective of Central and Eastern European countries, particularly Poland, advocating internationalisation and de-westernisation of media studies. His current research project looks into the transformations of identity in the digital media landscape of the early XXI century, examining self-presentation practices of Polish LGBTQs in the UK.

Research areas:

  • Cultural and critical media studies
  • Digital media and identity
  • Queer theory and LGBTQ studies
  • Nationalism and transnationalism
  • Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Poland
  • Qualitative research methods
Teaching

Lukasz currently teaches modules for BA and MA programmes in Digital Media and Society. He is the leader of the MA module ‘Researching Digital Society’ and teaches seminars for ‘Digital Identities’ and ‘Social Media, Data and Society’. He is also developing a new module on ‘Gender, Sexuality and the Media’ for the 2019-2020 academic year. Previously, Lukasz taught modules on ‘The Audience in Media and Communications’ and ‘Media, Technology and Everyday Life’ in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Publications

Books

• Szulc, L. (2018) Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
• Dhoest, A., Szulc, L. & Eeckhout, B. (Eds.) (2017) LGBTQs, Media and Culture in Europe. New York: Routledge.

Journal articles

• Dhoest, A. & Szulc, L. (2016) ‘Navigating online selves: Social, cultural, and material contexts of social media use by diasporic gay men’. Social Media + Society, 2(4), 1-10.
• Szulc, L. (2016) ‘Domesticating the nation online: Banal nationalism on LGBTQ websites in Poland and Turkey’. Sexualities, 19(3), 304-327.
• Szulc, L. (2015) ‘Banal nationalism and queers online: Enforcing and resisting cultural meanings of .tr’. New Media & Society, 17(9), 1530-1546.
• Szulc, L. & Smets, K. (2015) ‘Homonationalism and western progressive narrative: Locating “conservative heartlands” with Zenne Dancer (2012) and its western reviews’. Asian Journal of Communication, 25(6), 551–566.
• Szulc, L. & Dhoest, A. (2013) ‘Internet and sexual identity formation: Comparing internet use before and after coming out’. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, 38(4), 347-365.
• Szulc, L. (2012) ‘From queer to gay to Queer.pl: The names we dare to speak in Poland’. Lambda Nordica, 17(4), 65-98. Special issue on Central and Eastern European Sexualities.

Book chapters

• Szulc, L. (2017) ‘Banal nationalism in the internet age: Rethinking the relationship between nations, nationalisms and the media’. In: M. Skey & M. Antonsich (Eds.) Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 53-74.
• Dhoest, A., Szulc, L. & Eeckhout, B. (2017) ‘Introduction’. In: A. Dhoest, L. Szulc & B. Eeckhout (Eds.) LGBTQs, Media and Culture in Europe. New York: Routledge, 1-9.
• Szulc, L. (2011) ‘Queer in Poland: Under construction’. In: L. Downing & R. Gillett (Eds.) Queer in Europe: Contemporary Case Studies. London: Ashgate, 159-172.

Book reviews

• Szulc, L. (2018) ‘F. Hollis Griffin: Feeling normal: Sexuality and media criticism in the digital age’. Television and New Media, 1-4.
• Szulc, L. (2015) ‘Gejerel: Mniejszości homoseksualne w PRL-u’. Sexualities, 18(8), 1018-1019.
• Szulc, L. (2014) ‘The geography of LGBTQ Internet studies’. International Journal of Communication, 8, 2927-2931.