Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Sabine Krajewski

Senior Lecturer in International CommunicationsMMCCS - sabine_krajewski JPG



Office: Y3A 165H

Phone: (02) 9850 2167

Undergraduate Teaching: ICOM100, ICOM101

Postgraduate Teaching: ICOM821, ICOM815


"If people were meant to have roots, they'd be trees, and if they were meant to fly, they wouldn't keep losing their luggage."

Sabine's attitude towards life and work is summarized in the above quote. She received her M.A. in North American Studies from the John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin, Germany. Her doctoral degree (Thesis: Life goes on. And sometimes it doesn't. A comparative study of medical drama in the US, Great Britain, and Germany) was completed at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.

Sabine started her professional life in marketing and product development for a haircare company in Berlin, worked for a German radio station and then became a lecturer in departments of modern languages and in departments of international communication. She has lived and worked in the US, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, China, and Australia.


Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Award, 2012

Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2012

Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2013
For developing inclusive approaches to assessment that foster independent learning and build intercultural competence for linguistically and culturally diverse graduate students


Macquarie Social Inclusion Grant: Intercultural Competence at Macquarie University, 2010.

MQ New Staff Grant: comparative research project about Taiwanese women migrating to Australia or to Canada (together with Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health, Prof. Denise Spitzer in Ottawa), 2010.

Research Interests

Sabine's teaching and research interests are in the broad field of Intercultural communication with particular focus on taboo in intercultural contexts, power structures, and migration. She currently explores the concept of taboo as a gatekeeper of social order and control in different cultures.
Sabine offers regular workshops "Cross-cultural communication" and "Taboo - The consequences of tasting forbidden fruit", as part of the Global Leadership Program at Macquarie University.

Postgraduate research supervision included MA and PhD theses about Chinese media, media images, stereotyping women in the media, and cultural intelligence in Australian and German business organizations. Sabine currently supervises a PhD thesis on practices of border transgression and changing spatialities in European borderlands.

. In terms of future research candidates she is especially interested in

-         comparative studies within the broad field of intercultural communication
-         emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence and intercultural competence
-         power relations in intercultural contexts
-         taboos in intercultural contexts



Krajewski, S. Tabu. Hinhören, Hinsehen, Besprechen. Bielefeld: Kamphausen, 2015.

Krajewski, S., The Next Buddha may be a community...Practising Intercultural Competence at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Krajewski, S., Life Goes On. And Sometimes It Doesn't. A Comparative Study of Hospital Drama in Great Britain, Germany and the U.S. (Dissertation), Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang, 2002.

Edited Books

Krajewski, S and Hernandez, L. (eds.), Crossing Cultural Boundaries. Taboo, Bodies and Identities. Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

Book Chapters

Blumberg, S and Krajewski, S., 'Interkulturelle Kompetenz als Intellekturelles Kapital in der Globalen Wissensgesellschaft - Intercultural competence as intellectual capital in global knowledge societies' in Moving (Con)Texts. Produktion und Verbreitung von Ideen in der globalen Wissensökonomie, eds J. Angermuller, J. Standke, J. Masse, Berlin: Logos Verlag, 2011, 308-329.

Krajewski, S., 'Spit it out: History of a habit', in Crossing Cultural Boundaries. Taboo, bodies and Identities. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, 81-91.

Krajewski, S., 'Lost in translation? Teaching Intercultural Communications through media images', in Intercultural Communications across University Settings: Myths and Realities. Auckland: Pearson Education, 2008.

Krajewski, S., 'Ich bin fertig. Total fertig' in Wahler, Forschen mit Geschlecht? Zwischen Macht und Ohnmacht: Frauen in der Wissenschaft. Ed C. Wahler. Düsseldorf: Der Setzkasten, 2003, 201-203.

Krajewski, S., 'Serielle Tabubrüche - Krankenhausserien aus drei Ländern', in Ritualisierte Tabuverletzungen, Lachkultur und das Karnevaleske, eds M. Rothe und H. Schröder. Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang, 2002: 191-198.

Journal Articles

Krajewski, S. 'Listening to the Unsaid. Pacific Shades of Taboo' Kodikas, 2016

Krajewski, S and Blumberg, S., 'Identity Challenged: Taiwanese Women Migrating to Australia'. Gender, Place and Culture. Sage, 2012

Krajewski, S., 'Developing intercultural competence in multilingual and multicultural student groups'.  Journal for Research in International Education, August 2011 vol 10 no 2. 137-153

Krajewski, S and Schroeder, H. 'Silence and Taboo' in Handbooks of Applied Linguistics (HAL), eds Antos, G., Ventola, E. in collaboration with T. Weber, 2008, vol 2. Interpersonal Communication, pp. 595-622, Mouton de Gruyter.