How (and how much) does your passion for comics and graphic novels shape who you are? Are reading, buying, creating and celebrating the art form (whether it's Uncanny X-Men, Persepolis, or whatever) a defining part of your life? What is it about them that speaks to your sense of self and belonging?
For my Sociology Dissertation I'm looking at the relationship between comic 'fandom' and the ways in which people construct, understand, and express their identity.
In academic terms, the consumption of culture is widely seen as significant in how people form and express their identity in the 21st century. Research into fan culture is a small but growing offshoot of this, looking at the 'mods and punks' of the post-industrial age. And while there have been studies into comics/graphic novels for decades - they have not always been in a positive light.
I'd like to hold interviews with willing volunteers to explore these issues.
Due partly to my interest in coming at this from a particular angle (nothing sinister!), and partly to the time constraints of my research, I'm looking for adult males who'd describe themselves as Scottish. If you, or anyone you know would like to spend an hour or so chatting about their relationship with comics, please get in touch. I'll be posting a copy of my dissertation information sheet (aka Terms and Conditions), which I strongly advise you read.
My uni email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions/words of wisdom.
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