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Hello stranger, I'm Fabian, nice to meet you,

I have expertise in a couple of disciplines and empirical fields, especially the fields of music festivals, media, and climate politics. I've published five books in English and founded the 33 1/3 Europe book series at Bloomsbury in 2018, comprising 14 titles thus far. I have international experience as a researcher at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Humboldt University of Berlin, and New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge.

My primary areas of expertise are 1) political sociology and communication, with a focus on climate, and 2) the sociology of music and festivals. Since 2020, I've primarily worked on climate communication, focusing on citizen mobilizations and the politicization of climate change.

I did my PhD (2001) in a music department and worked on the sociology of music festivals throughout the 2010s. This work culminated in a high-PhD dissertation in 2019 (Habilitation), which has been reviewed in five international journals across disciplines such as anthropology, business, and music studies. The reviews describe the dissertation as a seminal work. Anthony Seeger, professor and son of Pete Seeger, wrote: "Unique in its approach, groundbreaking in its objectives, Everyone Loves Live Music is a milestone and a point of reference for future studies.”

I'm currently finishing a book on movements in late neoliberal capitalism, with a focus on climate. The book is tentatively titled A Politics of Collectivism for the Climate Crisis.

I teach in the following areas of media and communication studies:

* General theory and method in media and communication studies

* Political communication, especially processes of politicization and the relationship between institutional and non-institutional politics

* Dialogic communication and collective action, with a focus on the climate movement's politicization of climate change

* CSR—the challenges to organizations communicating in a landscape with new agendas for climate and sustainability

Key publications:

"The Geo-Ecological Turn in Sociology and its Implications for the Sociology of the Arts" (Cultural Sociology 2022)

Everyone Loves Live Music: A Theory of Performance Institutions (Chicago 2020)

Genre in Popular Music (Chicago 2007)

The book series 33 1/3 Europe, published by Bloomsbury


* European Communication Research and Education Association

* International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Click here for a list of climate literature for communication students

Click here for a link to my Zoom meeting room

External positions

Visiting scholar, Department of Sociology and Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University

1 Feb 202230 Jun 2022

Visting Professor (W3), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

1 Apr 201731 Mar 2018

Visiting Scholar, Columbia University

1 Apr 201031 Mar 2011

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago

1 Sept 200331 Aug 2004