My name is Julie Escurignan. I am a huge fan of the TV Series Game of Thrones and the whole Game of Thrones universe. I am also a PhD Student in Film and Television Studies at the University of Roehampton, London, and I got lucky enough to do my thesis on Game of Thrones.
I am passionate about TV series (already studied The Tudors and Grimm) and now I am thrilled to do my PhD on one of the best TV shows ever. More specifically, I research the fandom of Game of Thrones (this includes you, who are on Westeros.org!). I am trying to understand what is the experience of the fans of Game of Thrones, i.e. how you and I, as fans, live and engage with the GoT universe, from the TV series to the online platforms, GoT creations and fans’ meetings. Such research has only been done so far with fans of films (Star Wars, Lord of the Ring) but I’d like to show that fans of TV series can have a similar or even better fan experience.
I myself live my fandom in as many ways as I can (playing GoT video games, board games, planning on visiting the film sets!) and I hope to do more in the future with other Game of Thrones fans (I’d love to go to Comic-Con and start cosplaying).
I present my research at conferences, to students, friends and other fans because I want to share it and make it compelling. This is also why I have a Facebook page about my journey as a fan and student of Game of Thrones. Please feel free to check it out and post questions, comments or GoT news: https://www.facebook.com/gameofthronesfanacademic/
Please feel free to ask me any question you may have (you can also check me out online, on Linkedin, Twitter and on the University of Roehampton’s PhD students page).
As to the use of questionnaires, analysis and interviews, I’d like to point out that all the data I collect and analyze is anonymous. As a young researcher, I am bound to strict ethical rules and your privacy will be preserved by all means!
I am extremely glad to be a member of Westeros and I hope I will be able to spend a good time with other GoT fans and live my passion within the community!
Thank you very much for your attention and I am looking forward to hearing from you!