full name / name of organization:
Dianna Fielding/Hamline University
You are invited to participate in a study on fanfiction authors who write or read genderswap fanfiction. This study is being conducted by Dianna Fielding; Sociology major at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The purpose of this study is to gain information on how genderswap authors and readers create and perceive gender through their writing. The research is conducting this study as part of her Honor’s Thesis in Sociology at Hamline University. To be eligible for participation you must be 18 years or older and write or read genderswap fanfiction now or in the past.
If you agree to be in this study you will be asked to take part in a one hour interview with Ms. Fielding. Interviews may be conducted over Skype or through instant messaging at your discretion. Ms. Fielding will inquire about your history with genderswap fanfiction and fanfiction in general focusing on how these genres have shaped ideas of gender and sexuality. You have the choice to allow Ms. Fielding to audiotape this interview for transcription purposes only.
1) If the interview is taped, it will be erased immediately after it is transcribed. No one other than Ms. Fielding will have access to these tapes. 2) Written documentation with your name will not be kept. 3) Written material from this research will conceal your identity. Pseudonyms will be used at your request.
Voluntary Nature of the Study:
Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with Hamline University or with any other organization. If you decide to participate, you are free to skip any questions which you find uncomfortable or withdraw at any time without affecting those relationships.
Contacts and Questions:
Thank you for taking the time to read this announcement! If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact Dianna Fielding by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. mail Dianna Fielding, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104, MS 1160. If you would like to speak with Ms. Fielding’s Honor’s Thesis adviser, please contact Professor Sharon Preves at email@example.com