Observing people, studying things, the Masters thesis

For: Angelique Jurd
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Organizer: Angelique Jurd
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of $7,500 goal.
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The Story

Hi, my name is Angelique, and I'm a grad student from New Zealand. In April 2017, I graduated with my BA in English and Media Studies, and have since moved on to the next level of joining the Men of Many Letters by going after my Masters in Fan & Celebrity studies. My thesis? "How fan behavior and fan-produced media disrupts, informs, and influences the source text and creators of the television show Supernatural."      

As part of my research, I need to network, interview people (yes THEY are on the list, I'm trying to not think too much about that yet), and attend conferences and conventions - and that's where it gets tricky. I'm what they euphemistically call a 'mature student'. I have three children ranging in ages from 17 to 25. I am a former journalist. I belong to five bossy cats. Funding travel and attendance to conferences is not in my 'I got this' basket at the moment. Hopefully, one day soon it will be. And that's why I need your help.    

In December the first Fan Studies Network Australasia conference was held in Australia.  I was lucky enough to be part of the speed geeking panel and received encouraging feedback on my thesis topic and made some very important contacts. I may have fan girled over a couple of amazing academics (like Matt Hills and Sue Turnbull). I was able to attend the conference due to the generosity of the donors to this campagin and a funding injection from my University facultry. Without the donors though, the university funding would not have been sufficient - so I can't tell you how grateful I am. 

I'm now hoping to attend the Fan Studies Network Conference in Cardiff in June 2018 and at least one SPN convention in North America. Since selling my soul to Crowley is no longer an option - cue sad sigh - I'm still fundraising. And any help  - of any kind - is gratefully accepted.      

The relationship between Supernatural fans and creators is both a window and a mirror on how fans and creators overall do and don't interact with each other - and the outcomes of that interaction. Media and fan studies scholars can then take this information and show how it reflects a part of human society that is often shunned, mocked, or ignored: fandom. As Katherine Larsen, one of the authors of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, said in an email to me recently: 

"What we make of the popular culture in which we are immersed *matters* and often examining how people use, change, challenge, or fail to challenge the media they consume provides a rich snapshot of our culture at any given moment."   

My thesis is due in June of 2018, and my aim is to grade well enough to get into PhD. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 28, 2017

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Posted on December 28, 2017

I know, I know it's been ages since I updated my campaign. Bad Angel, bad. But thanks to the donors to this campaign I've been able to attend the first conference on my list: The Fan Studies Network Australasia Inaugural Conference in Wollongong. It was AMAZING. I was lucky enough to be on the speed geeking panel and got some fabulous feedback and encouragement on my thesis topic and now I'm heading into the final six months of thesis preparation. I'm still hoping to get to an SPN convention in North America and to Cardiff to the Fan Studies Network 2018 conference in June.  Very exciting - but also means I need to double down on my fundraising to get there. So over the new year break I'll be putting my thinking cap on to see what I can come up with - in the meantime any ideas and of course donations are so very gratefully accepted. Thank you all so much: you rock. 


Posted on August 31, 2017

Posted on August 31, 2017

Hi guys, as you can see I have added a video (coz that wasn't nerve wracking at all...) and tomorrow I will be presenting a three minute overview of my thesis on the Albany campus (also not nerve wracking ... and if you believe that I have this bridge...). Fundraising is challenging at the best of times but when you see what's happening in Texas, it's even harder. I donated to the Family Beer Co/Random Acts flood relief today because well, I had to do something. It wasn't much but it was something I could do - and if the media icons I admire have taught me anything it's this: if I can do something, I should. So if you can help out those in need in Texas, please do: #whatyoucanwhenyoucan. 


Posted on August 20, 2017

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Posted on August 20, 2017

Hi guys - I wrote a blog post about my thesis to let people know what I'm doing and why: http://angelwithink.tumblr.com/

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