I am Docent/Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden. Currently, I hold a position as Researcher at the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Oslo, where I work in the project Invasive Media, Ambivalent Users and Digital Detox (Digitox), led by Professor Trine Syvertsen (University of Oslo) and funded by the Norwegian Research Council (2019-23). The project is a collaboration between the University of Oslo (media studies and psychology), University of Bergen (media studies) and Kristiania University (media/game studies). I will work in the project until June 2021.
I finished my PhD in 2012, with my thesis More Than Meets the Eye: Transmedial Entertainment as a Site of Pleasure, Resistance and Exploitation. The thesis builds on a full-circuit qualitative study of Hasbro’s Transformers brand, and scrutinizes producer-consumer power-relations in the age of media convergence through the lenses of political economy and cultural studies.
Today, my research spans four key research fields: mediatization, media work, transmedia and geomedia. My most recent projects and publications evolve around themes such as ‘transmedia work’, ‘coworking spaces’, ‘disconnection’, ‘gentrification’, and ‘geomedia technologies’. I have published in peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Theory, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Media, Culture & Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Communication and the Public, Media and Communication and European Journal of Cultural Studies. Two of my latest books are:
- Fast, K. & Jansson, A. (2019). Transmedia Work: Privilege and Precariousness in Digital Modernity. London: Routledge.
- Fast, K., Jansson, A., Lindell, J., Ryan Bengtsson, L., & Tesfahuney, M. (2018). Geomedia Studies: Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds. London: Routledge.
Much of my research is conducted within The Geomedia Research Group – a prioritized interdisciplinary research environment at the intersection of Media and Communication Studies, Film Studies, Tourism Studies, and Human Geography, at Karlstad University. I am part of the group’s management team and the coordinator of the ‘Mediatization of Space and Culture’ research track.
Ongoing and recently finished research projects
The project Invasive Media, Ambivalent Users and Digital Detox (Digitox) draws on interdiciplinary perspectives and insights from media studies, game studies and psychology to investigate causes, implications and reactions to intensified digital involvement. While many studies emphasise the positive and enabling potentials of digital media, this project analyses ambivalences, resistance and attempts at withdrawal and disconnection. The project includes studies of users, media texts and debates, as well as industry and policy reactions to concerns about media intrusiveness and overuse.
Up until I began my Researcher position in the Digitox project, I was the project leader of Music Ecosystems Inner Scandinavia (MECO) – a three-year, bilingual, interdisciplinary and cross-sectional research project that, among other things, asks critical questions about the unequal conditions of music consumption in the era of accelerating digitalization and datafication. The project runs between 2018-2021 and is a collaboration between Karlstad University and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, and co-funded by EU/Interreg Sweden-Norway, Region Värmland, Studiefrämjandet Örebro-Värmland, Karlstad University, Arvika Kommun, and Hedmark Fylkeskommune.
I also conduct longitudinal mediatization research within the frames of the survey project Meassuring Mediatization (funded by Anne-Marie och Gustaf Anders stiftelse för mediaforskning).
Other previous research projects include Music Innovation Networks Inner Scandinavia (MINS) (2015-18, funded by EU/Interreg) and Kinetic Élites: The Mediatization of Social Belonging and Close Relationships among Mobile Class Fractions (2012-15, funded by Swedish Research Council).
I have taught and supervise da variety of (geo)media studies courses across various educational levels, including the masters’ and doctoral studies' levels. I am also the Programme director of Master Programme in Geomedia Studies: Media, Mobility and Spatial Planning – an interdisciplinary, international master’s programme at Karlstad University, Sweden, that integrates Media and Communication Studies and Human Geography into what we call ‘Geomedia Studies’. The programme was launched in August 2019, and is open to qualified students from Media and Communication Studies, Human Geography, or adjacent subjects. During my research leave, the programme is directed by John Lynch (PhD) and Mats Nilsson (PhD), both working at the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University.
Recently published peer-review articles
Bengtsson, S., Fast, K., Jansson, A., & Lindell, J. (2020, forthcoming). Media and basic desires: An approach to measuring the mediatization of daily life. Communication: The European Journal of Communication Research.
Fast, K., Ljungberg, E., & Braunerhielm, L. (2019). On the social construction of geomedia technologies. Communication and the Public 4(2), 89-99.
Fast, K. (2018). A Discursive Approach to Mediatization: Corporate Technology Discourse and the Trope of Media Indispensability. Media and Communication, 6(2), 15-28.
Örnebring, H., Karlsson, M., Fast, K., & Lindell, J. (2018). The space of journalistic work: A theoretical model. Communication Theory, 28(4), 403-423. AWARD WINNING ARTICLE
Fast, K. & Örnebring, H. (2017). Transmedia World Building: ‘The Shadow’ (1931 - present) and ‘Transformers’ (1984 - present), International Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(6), 636–652.
Fast, K., Örnebring, H, & Karlsson, M. (2016). Metaphors of free labor: A typology of unpaid work in the media sector, Media, Culture & Society, 38(7), 963-978.
Fast, K. & Lindell, J. (2016). The elastic mobility of business elites: Negotiating the ‘home’ and ‘away’ continuum, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 19(5), 435–449.
Karlsson, M., Bergström, A., Clerwall, C. and Fast, K. (2015). Participatory journalism – the (r)evolution that wasn’t: Content and user behavior in Sweden 2007-2013. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20(3), 295–311.
Recently published books and book chapters
Fast, K., & Jansson, A. (2019). Transmedia Work: Privilege and Precariousness in Digital Modernity. London: Routledge.
Fast, K., Jansson, A., Tesfahuney, M., Ryan-Bengtsson, L. & Lindell, J. (2018). Geomedia Studies: Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds. New York: Routledge.
Fast, K., Jansson, A., Tesfahuney, M., Ryan Bengtsson, L., & Lindell, J. (2018). Introduction to Geomedia Studies. In K. Fast, A. Jansson, M. Tesfahuney, L. Ryan-Bengtsson, & J. Lindell (2018). Geomedia Studies: Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized World. New York: Routledge, pp. 1-17
Jansson, A., Fast, K. (2018). Transmedia identities: From fan cultures to liquid lives. In M. Freeman & R. R. Gambarato (red.) The Routledge Companion to Transmedia Studies, pp. 40-49.
Fast, K., Örnebring, H. & Karlsson, M. (2017). Metaphors of free labor: A typology of unpaid work in the media sector. In Yao Jianhua (Ed.) Digital Labour in the Media Industries (Series of Media and Digital Labour: Western Perspectives, Volume II). Beijing: The Commercial Press. OBS: Reprint of article published in Media Culture & Society.
’Top Faculty Paper Award of the ICA Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division’, 2019, for the paper Bengtsson, S., Fast, K., Jansson, A., & Lindell, J. (2019). Media and basic desires: An approach to measuring the mediatization of daily life. ICA 69th Annual Meeting, May 24-28, Washington D C., USA.
‘The Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Article of the Year Award’ of the ICA Journalism Studies Division, 2019, for the article Örnebring, H., Karlsson, M., Fast, K., & Lindell, J. (2018). The space of journalistic work: A theoretical model. Communication Theory, 28(4), 403-423.
Docent/Associate professor, February 2020
PhD student in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University, Sweden
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University, Sweden
External examiner at the Department of Media and Communication at University of Oslo, Norway
Researcher at the Department of Media and Communication at University of Oslo, Norway
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