i am a cultural geography student writing my dissertation on the 'where' and 'when' of identity expression comparing fandom with so-called normal culture. WHAT I NEED FROM PARTICIPANTS IS: 1 have a history of costuming 2 answer a few questions about being a fan and where and when you wear costumes (i've heard some interesting stories about wearing sw gear in public) 3 take pictures (i provide a digital camera)inside/outside the CIII event based on the question 'what aspects of this event represent your idea of authentic sw fan culture?' and then elaborate on the photos after. it shouldn't take more than an hour for the whole thing. past work on fandom has been particularly elitist and treats fans as nerdy rubes. i hate that and describe fan culture and 'normal' culture as expressions of the same processes. sooo, within my theoretical discussion, i participate in and talk with costumers to illustrate my points that show fandom as artifically 'othered' from so-called 'normal culture'.