Surveys Closed

May 28th 2016 –  Quick Update

The surveys for Goth – Just a Phase? are now closed.

I have received over 2000 responses to the surveys,  as well as conducting dozens of interviews, online chats, and discussions with people from all over the world. 

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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 has participated in this project.

Emma

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Happy World Goth Day 2016

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Today we celebrate World Goth Day!

To everyone who has found belonging, happiness, comfort and excitement in this fascinating culture, I wish you a fabulous day.   It is a day to celebrate  – so play your music loud, crimp your hair or perhaps eat glittery bat cookies!

May 22nd 2016 also marks the anniversary of Goth – Just a Phase? data collection and the formal close of the survey period.

Thank you again to all the wonderful people who completed my survey and to those I have interviewed for this project over the last year.

The research to date has provided insights into the different experiences of belonging in the Goth Culture around the world –  from hundreds of different perspectives.   I have been fortunate enough to talk to people from many different backgrounds, time-zones and life experience as well as Goths (and ex-Goths) of different ages.   I now look forward to reading through the data with a finer comb and teasing (and crimping) out all the details.

Over the next week or so I will be finalising interviews and closing off the surveys.

Goth – Just a Phase? One year on –  a snapshot…

I will continue to publish here and and on social media, and look forward to sharing my findings as the project continues.

If you are still keen to be involved please contact me directly – all contributions are valuable and add to our story.

WGD Bats 30Happy World Goth Day!

Emma

Melbourne Interviews: February 2016

Thank you to the wonderful people I met in Brisbane; it was fantastic to talk with you and to have the chance to enjoy your beautiful city, even if it was a tad hot!

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It was great to hear your perspectives on Goth identity and your experiences in the culture in the tropical North.  Exploring the city (and its pancakes) was a real pleasure.

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It was particularly fascinating to hear how the Brizzie scene – especially the clubs and retail outlets – has evolved over the years and how this has changed the way people connect, participate in the Goth scene and enjoy its music.  I look forward to discussing this more over the coming months.

 

Now it is Melbourne’s turn!

 

Melbourne Interviews

 

If you are interested in being interviewed for the Goth – Just a Phase?  research project I will be conducting interviews in Melbourne throughout February.

I am scheduling interviews at different restaurants, bars and other spots around the city, so please get in touch and let me know what suits you.

Also – if you are interested in taking part in a group discussion let me know.

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Please let me know via email or Facebook if you would like to participate or get in touch via the contact link.

Thanks again for your interest!

Emma

 

2016 Interviews

Interview Schedule Update


A quick note to Brisbane based folks…

I am currently planning the first Australian interviews.  Brisbane is first off the ranks!

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If you are interested in being interviewed for the Goth – Just a Phase?  research project I will be conducting interviews in Brisbane at the end of the month.

I will be in Brisbane  January 29th – 31st 2016.     Please let me know via email or Facebook if you would like to participate  or via the contact info link below.

There is some flexibility on these dates, so please get in touch and let me know what time or place suits you and I will try to fit in as best I can.
 
Melbourne, Sydney and Perth will be scheduled soon.
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Thanks again for your interest!
Emma

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Calling all Australian Goths…

Ok Australians, it’s your turn!

I am now scheduling interviews for Australian folk early in the new year.

I am based in Melbourne, but will be scheduling travel to other cities – so let me know if you are interested in participating.

As with the International survey, I have reopened the Australian survey (linked below) if you were unable to complete it last time.

Thank you if you completed this survey earlier in the year – there is no need to repeat it!

 

Once again, a massive thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in this research and to those who have already contributed.

If you are interested in participating further – feel free to contact me by email or Facebook.

Thanks again,

Emma

Whitby – One Month On

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First and foremost : A huge thank you to all the wonderful people I met, interviewed, chatted with, photographed and spent time with in Whitby, London, Manchester, Vancouver and all the other stops along the way.   It was brilliant to meet so many folks who were willing to share their stories and be part of this project – thank you for donating your time to my research.

I owe particular thanks to the people I spoke with in Whitby at both the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and the Whitby Goth Weekend.  Thank you for giving up valuable festival time to talk with me about your experiences in the Goth Subculture.

I truly appreciate the efforts you made to fit this project into your schedule. Your honesty, good humour, acceptance, generosity and integrity is a rare and wonderful thing and your contributions are greatly valued.

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From a research perspective, the weeks in Whitby are critical to the data-gathering phase of my study and time spent there has generated material which I will draw on throughout my project including lots of fantastic conversations and visuals.

From a personal perspective, the trip was hugely inspiring and has renewed my commitment to pursue this research and to write about the Goth subculture.

At a time when so much energy seems to be devoted to writing about societal division it is of some comfort to be reflecting on experiences of belonging.


 

Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2015

 Where to from here?

For the immediate future, I am working through the data I amassed overseas and writing up my notes.

Then, it is time for the Australian contingent!

I will be scheduling interviews in Australia over the next few months, and will reopen the Australian survey to correspond with these interviews.

 

Once again, thank you to everyone who has contributed to and supported this research.

Cheers,

Emma

          Whitby Goth Weekend 2015 (October)

 

 

Survey reopened

With all the events coming up this month, I have reopened the full International survey for a short time only for those who wish to participate – especially if you are attending a gig, event or festival in Europe.

Thank you if you completed this survey earlier in the year – there is no need to repeat it!

It will stay open throughout the Whitby Goth Weekend and event season, into the first couple of weeks of November.

 

Surveys are now closed – thank you for your responses.

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in this research.

I am looking forward to interviewing over the next few weeks.  Thanks also to everyone who has already participated particularly the very generous folks who have taken time out of festivities to chat to me – your contributions are greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in participating further – feel free to contact me by email or Facebook.

Thanks again,

Emma