Talk:Game of Thrones Research Project

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This looks like a promotion/call to participate in research rather than documentation of research already done. Looks like "the Publicity Team" created the page. Can anyone confirm if this is actual academic research?--aethel (talk) 17:44, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

As academic as it is, it's still promotional, and not unlike a "call for papers." Having a Fanlore page for it after the project is complete is fine, but I'm not comfortable with the "sales" element of it now. --MPH (talk) 21:32, 6 November 2016 (UTC)
OK, I added the flag for deletion. If someone has a good reason for keeping it, now's the time to speak up....--aethel (talk) 23:18, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
Creator of the page here. I can confirm that it is academic research, and has been vetted by the University of Sunderland's (UK) Research Ethics Committee and is led by Prof. Martin Barker from Aberystwyth University (UK), and I am very sorry if I caused any offense with the "sales" element of the page. I would much prefer it if the page is not deleted, as I am planning to update it as the range of academic researchers involved begin their analysis of the data (which won't be until mid-2017 at the earliest). It also took me quite a long time to figure out how to create the page on the Wiki. I am happy to edit the page, or for someone else to edit the page, to reduce the "sales" element. -- Briony (talk) 17:20, 29 November 2016 (GMT)

I've removed the delete flag & replaced it with "needs more fandom" and "unfolding situation" (along with some links); I think this is okay as long as we do get more updates as they're available. We should find out if any of the researches are active enough in fandom to warrant pages of their own. Elf (talk) 19:52, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Thank you! And thank you for the edits that you made to the page, too. The project is still unfolding at the moment, but I will be sure to add updates throughout the coming months. A number of the researchers are acafans, and have published widely in this area. This includes (to my knowledge) Billy Proctor, Katherine Larsen (see also Larsen's and Zubernis' site here), Richard McCulloch, Lucy Bennett, and Tom Phillips. Several of the researchers are also either founders or board members of The Fan Studies Network. I've been active in fandom since 2008/9, particularly as a vidder, and I recently started a PhD (as an acafan) examining Game of Thrones fandom on Tumblr. -- Briony 14:12, 30 November 2016 (GMT)