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Maria Ivanova

Research student,

Email
ivanovamn@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS

Overview

I am a PhD candidate at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture. My research is situated in the area of fan studies. It observes the way fan communities engage with fandom in regards to their mental health. The goal is to get a better understanding of how being part of a fandom can help fans deal with their mental health issues. This project has been in development for a few years and is currently being supervised by Dr Ross Garner and Prof Jenny Kitzinger. 


Prior to undertaking this PhD I have graduated with a postgraduate MA degree from the University of Bristol in Film and Television, which I started after I finished my undergraduate degree in Journalism Media and Cultural Studies from Cardiff University.


Currently, I am working on a chapter in an edited collection on Fandom and Mental Health. The project revolves around Eastern European fans and their understanding of digital fandom and its connection to mental health. 


Research

Research interests

My main interests are in the area of fan studies. Mental health has been a prominent topic in my research; I often try and understand the role fandom plays in helping fans cope with their mental health struggles.


Currently, I have been engaging in research about Eastern European fans and their relationship with fandom. 

Teaching


  • 2019-2020      GTA: Media Audiences (Dr. Ross Garner) – JOMEC, Cardiff University

  • 2018-2019      GTA: History of Mass Communication and Culture (Prof. Justin Lewis) –  JOMEC, Cardiff University

  • 2018               GTA: Media Audiences (Dr. Ross Garner) – JOMEC, Cardiff University