Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Marcel Swiboda

Lecturer in Cultural Studies

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Fine Art Room 3.06

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BA in Philosophy and Literature (Combined Honours), University of Warwick; MA and PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

My main interests are focused in the areas of philosophy, music, technology and media, with the main emphasis on the ways in which improvisation-based musical practices and their associated idioms can serve as vehicles for rethinking the role that might be played by critical thought in contemporary culture and society.


I have worked in various capacities in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies since completing my studies in 2003, as a lecturer, tutor, research assistant, student support officer and most recently as BA programme director in Cultural Studies. I have also taught at other UK-based higher education institutions in cultural and critical theory, media and film. From 1999-2001 and 2004-05 I also worked as a co-editor of the School’s graduate journal Parallax.

Research Interests

My research explores the complex interplay between improvisation and philosophy viewed as embodied critical practices, sounded through case-based explorations of technological and improvisational musical culture. I also have a secondary research interest in digital pedagogy.

I am on research leave in Semester 1 this year. During leave I will be developing my research in these areas of interest.


Film, music, media, urban culture, philosophy and critical theory.


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Journal articles

  • Swiboda MA (2015) “Documenting Legacies: The Stuart Hall Project: Revolution, Politics, Culture and the New Left Experience (John Akomfrah, 2013)”, Fusion. 5

  • Swiboda MA (2014) “When Beats Meet Critique: Documenting Hip-Hop Sampling as Critical Practice”, Critical Studies in Improvisation. 10.1
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89225/

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

I am currently co-supervising a postdoctoral research student on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze in relation to the work of John Cage.


I am willing to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

Philosophy, technology, critical and cultural theory, media, film, music and sounds, popular culture, globalization, the city and urban culture.

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