Negotiating acafandom as a first-time researcher

  • Sarah Elizabeth Ader University of Exeter
Keywords: AO3, Archive of Our Own, Interviews, Knowledge production, Positionality, Power relations, Research methods


This reflection on positionality draws on experiences from undertaking an undergraduate writing research project involving a series of email/chat server interviews with fan fiction authors active on Archive of Our Own. The identity of the acafan is a negotiated spectrum that relates to positionality and knowledge production.