An anthropologist friend of mine is currently starting up a project in which she is examining people’s embodied experiences as fans (of sf/f; media; etc.). She says: “I am particularly interested in speaking to people who identify as fans but who also have identities which do not fit the ‘classic’ (whatever that is) fan body — i.e., women, people of color, queer people of all kinds, genderqueer people, disabled/differently abled people, people from backgrounds not identified as ‘fannish,’ etc.
“I am asking people, are you interested in being interviewed? I would love to interview ALL sorts of fans (including those who do fit the ‘fan stereotype’). Do you know anyone who might be interested in being interviewed?
“I am happy to give more information and to discuss the project with anyone who is interested. My project is being overseen by the Harvard Committee for the Use of Human Subjects in Research.”
If you’d like to talk to her more about this or be interviewed, drop an email to dziwozony AT gmail DOT com, and they’ll pass you along to the researcher in question.
The research is not affiliated with FOGcon, but it sounds interesting, doesn’t it? And it fits perfectly with our theme this year.