Reposted call from Martin Barker (email@example.com):
The “World Hobbit Project” is a seriously ambitious attempt to gather responses right across the world to the films of The Hobbit with the aim of being able to explore both the patterning of the reception of the films (against many variables [country, language, age, sex, educational level, kind of work]) but also to open up an investigation into the changing position of ‘fantasy’ in contemporary culture.
With just a very small research grant from the UK’s British Academy, research partners in 47 countries agreed on a complex quali-quantitative questionnaire, which is currently recruiting responses in 33 languages at this address:
There are already 27,500 responses but we do need more, to be sure that we can with confidence make cross-cultural comparisons, and we have absolutely no money for publicising the project. We will be hugely grateful if colleagues could help in different ways:
- complete the survey yourself, if you have seen the films.
- pass on this information to students, colleagues, family, friends, and asking them to do the same.
- mention and point to the project’s address in blogs, postings, and conversations.
What can we offer in return? All our findings will be made publicly available, in as many forms as we are able; and once we have completed our own work on the database, the entire body of data and materials will be placed in the public domain for other researchers to use in whatever way they choose.
Best wishes, and thanks everyone
Martin Barker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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