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Thank you to everyone who has completed the surveys, and for the great interviews, conversations, web link-ups, online chats, forums etc so far – without your contributions, this project would not be able to continue.
Where to from here?
The anniversary of the project is approaching, and this will signal the conclusion of the data-gathering stage. As data-gathering for this project draws to a close the focus will shift to analysis and writing up of findings.
I will continue to conduct interviews until May 22nd 2016, mostly around Melbourne or online, so if you are interested please get in touch.
Update – Surveys Now Closed
28th May 2016 – The surveys for Goth – Just a Phase? are now closed. I always welcome talking to people about their experiences in the Goth subculture, so please contact me directly if you wish to be involved.
Thank you again to everyone who responded.
Australian Interviews conducted over the last few months in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as online have provided the opportunity to talk with some fantastic people, all of whom have made valuable contributions to this project.
I have been interested to hear the different perspectives on the scene, individual understandings and experiences of Goth sub/culture and some of the quirks of belonging as a Goth – especially for those who have been involved in the scene for a long time. Hearing how people interpret the values of Goth culture, how Goths cope with change as well as the ongoing discussions around what is/not Goth/does it matter? and how we read those differences within the scene is fascinating.
Insights into how Goths in diverse geographic locations – especially hot ones! – have altered their stylistic choices to suit their environment has been particularly interesting and an aspect of Goth identity that I hope to further explore.
In our conversations, we covered topics as diverse as emerging new trends in the scene, music (always music!!!), changes in the club environment, hair techniques, elitism in Goth subculture, religion, ephemera and the value of Goth history, footwear, record stores, pubs, upcoming tours, new bands, image and style, Goth terminology, flour, band T-shirts, travelling in the Goth scene, hanging out on the Post Office steps, Goth aesthetics, hats, belonging within the Goth subculture, frilly shirts, shoes and boots, growing older as a Goth, safety-pins and fishnet, reconnecting with old friends, urban tribes, DIY fashion, redefining Goth for new generations, Goth nostalgia, preferred tipples, online shopping and everything else in between…
Thank you for your generosity!
Just a Phase Interview
Thank you to Daniel for contacting me for an interview about my project on his podcast Cemetery Confessions. It was great to discuss the Goth culture in this forum and I look forward to sharing findings from this research in the future.
For the interview please see:
For those people who have already donated time, effort and energy to this research – my heartfelt thanks and gratitude.
I look forward to sharing the stories of our scene and furthering understanding of Goth culture over the course of this project.