Fredrika Thelandersson

Postdoctoral fellow, Forskare, PhD

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I am a Postdoctoral researcher in Media and Communication Studies at Lund University. My research is situated in the fields of Media, Culture, Gender, and Affect studies, with particular focus on sad affects and mental health/illness in popular culture and on social media.

My book, 21st Century Media and Female Mental Health: Profitable Vulnerability and Sad Girl Culture is out now with Palgrave MacMillan. The open access book traces the mid-2010s turn to sadness in women's media culture and explores how contemporary mental health discourse is exemplified by both a profitable vulnerability and a more radical sad girl culture.

Currently I am primarily working within the research project Demography and democracy - Healthy Ageing in a Digital World, an international effort done in collaboration with colleagues from University of Southern Denmark and University of Eastern Finland. I am also in charge of the research project “Är det konstigt att man blir sjuk i en värld som är galen?,” which is generously funded by Wahlgrenska Stiftelsen.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

UKÄ subject classification

  • Media and Communications
  • Media Studies
  • Gender Studies


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