Cosplay motivations questionnaire seeks participants

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By Jessica Tompkins

If you’ve worn at least one cosplay costume to a fan convention within the past 12 months, you are invited to take part in a study that aims to understand the motivations for making and wearing cosplay costumes at fan conventions, available here.

This survey was created by me, Jessica Tompkins, a Ph.D. student at Indiana University, Bloomington, in the Media School. I started making and wearing cosplay costumes several years ago and have attended several fan conventions over the past six years. In addition to wearing cosplay from Star Wars and video games such as Resident Evil, I’ve also worn crossplay as Loki from Marvel’s The Avengers. If you’re curious, you can take a look at some of my recent costumes on my personal blog. My current academic research focuses on media and identity from a social scientific perspective.

If you meet the criteria, I hope that you will participate in this study as it could be valuable towards understanding how cosplay functions as a subversive practice within fandoms. Your participation will provide insight on motivations for doing cosplay – a fan activity that is often misunderstood by non-fans. I thank you for your time in reading this post and I hope that you will complete this brief questionnaire if you meet the qualifications. If you have any questions about the research project please feel free to contact me at jetompki [at] indiana [dot] edu. You may also contact me if you would like a copy of the final report once it is completed.

Please feel free to share the link among your social networks and groups (e.g. cosplay clubs), and if you would like additional information about the study, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

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