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Blair Speakman

Blair Speakman is pop culture enthusiast who is particularly fascinated with the construction of authenticity in music fandoms. This interest led Blair to his Master’s thesis on the (re)construction of authenticity and identity in the Lady Gaga fandom after the release of Cheek to Cheek (2014). Blair started his Doctorate of Philosophy at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in July 2017, focusing on Queer characters in contemporary Gothic television shows, and is a recipient of AUT’s Vice-Chancellor Doctoral Scholarship. He is also highly involved in University extra-curricular activities, including being an Executive Committee Member on the student LGBTIQA+ club.

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The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
Principal Editor Lorna Piatti-Farnell Associate Editor Ashleigh Prosser Reviews Editor Gwyneth Peaty Editorial Assistant Blair Speakman