Transmedia Fan Communities

My role: principal researcher (2016-)

Status: Data collection and analysis. This project represents my doctoral research.

Below is the abstract of the research proposal  accepted by confirmation panel at Swinburne on January 15, 2018.  For a glimpse at how this project has transformed over time, click here for the draft summary submitted in my initial application for postgrad studies.

Grounded in Convergence: Information Behaviours of Transmedia Fan Communities 

As individuals, how we access, use, share, interact and engage with information in our everyday lives are always in a process of evolution. Referred to collectively as information behaviours, these activities are influenced by social and cultural norms and the emergence of new technologies. The question posed by the current project is what role media convergence and “transmedia”, as social and technological phenomena, play in the information behaviour of media fans. By studying the fans and fan communities of specific transmedia storyworlds (e.g., Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Mass Effect, etc), this project seeks to understand the “transmedia fan” as information user in contemporary postdigital society. Adopting a social constructionist paradigm, this project will undertake a Constructivist Grounded Theory (CGT) study of transmedia fans. The methods will consist of in-depth interviews with 15 to 20 participants and content analysis of three to six publicly accessible online fan communities. The goal of this research is to contribute new theoretical and interdisciplinary understandings of media fandom, and will establish a bridge between the existing fields of information studies, media studies and fan studies. These findings will be significant for the development of future research on the everyday life practice of fans, media consumers and information users.

Funding

  • January 2016-March 2017: Tuition fee scholarship, Charles Sturt University.
  • March 2017- Present: Tuition fee scholarship, Swinburne University of Technology.

Publications

Re(a)d Wedding: A case study exploring the everyday information behaviours of the transmedia fan. In S. Erdelez & N.K. Agarwal (Eds.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (pp. 93–101.) Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2017. [Link] [PDF]

Re(a)d Wedding: A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Fan Responses to Game of Thrones [Poster]. Digital Humanities 2017, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, August 8-11 2017. [Link] [PDF]

 

 

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