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Like Star Wars? Here's a fun thing!

Check out The World Star Wars Project! I found out about this yesterday from one of the professional lists I belong to. It sounds like a lot of fun -- I'm only sad I somehow missed the World Hobbit Project which apparently happened a couple of years back. Feel free to send this information around to any Star Wars fans you know -- the more participants they get the happier they will be :)

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know about a research project that has been launched today and to ask for your help!

My name is Dr. Richard McCulloch and I am Co-Director of 'The World Star Wars Project.' Inspired by Martin Barker et al's 'Lord of the Rings' and 'World Hobbit' global studies, 'The World Star Wars Project' is a five-year longitudinal/ latitudinal study with multiple phases.

The first phase is an online questionnaire that aims to capture audience strategies of anticipation and expectation about the forthcoming film, *Star Wars: The Force Awakens* (released on December 17th).

As yet, we have not secured funding for the project, so we would be incredibly grateful if you could disseminate the link among your friends, family, students, and anyone else you can think of. It doesn't matter if you love Star Wars, hate it, or really don't care -- we simply want to hear from as many people as we can!

The window of opportunity here is quite small. We have twenty days or so until the release of the film, but wanted to open up a space for data gathering when fever pitch was reaching a crescendo. Given that this is the first Star Wars film in a decade, and the first Star Wars film since the Lucasfilm/Disney merger, this is a one-time opportunity, we believe, to capture 'audiences in flight' on the cusp of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

Here is the link to the website: http://www.worldstarwars.net/.

We will be providing more information about the project on the website and will be asking researchers from around the world to join the project to collaborate on the global research. In the meantime, if anyone requires further information or would like to chat about collaboration or what have you, then please contact Project Director William Proctor ( bproctor@bournemouth.ac.uk).

'We would be honoured if you would join us'

Best Wishes

*The World Star Wars Project team*


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Dec. 4th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the share, good to hear from you. Nice Han avatar too!
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