Effie Sapuridis is a Media Studies PhD student in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. She holds a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Her work centers on digital humanities, online fan communities and fan works, particularly fanfiction. More specifically, her work examines fan works emerging from YA media [ie, literature, movies, TV shows, etc]. Currently, she is working on a project which aims to understand the subversive potential of fan communities, centered around fanfiction, within the contemporary socio-political context. Through a mixed-methods approach involving a digital humanities project and critical discourse analysis, she intends to understand the cost of fanfiction's subversion of the source text, as well as why it comes at a cost. The overwhelming focus of scholars on the democratizing, intersectional qualities of fanfiction has left a gap in the scholarship as it has somewhat ignored the limits of this potential. This project seeks to redress this gap in the scholarship.
Her work has been published in Transformative Works and Cultures. Additionally, she is the founder and editor of Fterota Logia, an online young adult literary magazine.
1020E: Introduction to Media Studies (F2019, S2020)
University of Massachusetts Boston
273G: The Art of Fiction (F2016)
262G: The Art of Literature (F2015,
258 Intro to World Cinema (S2015)
Other Teaching Experience
2020-2021 Peer Tutor: Huron University Writing
2017-present Freelance Tutor [K-12, College, SAT/ACT Prep]
2017-2019 Academic/College Essay/Test Prep Tutor:
JBG Educational Group
2020 What Were Comics? Research Project
2017-2019 Dr. Chris Marquis (Harvard Kennedy School / Cornell SC Johnson College of Business)
- Researched and drafted a non-fiction manuscript on B Lab and B Corporations; published in Fall 2020.
- Researched, drafted, and published a case study for the Harvard Kennedy School.
2015-2016 Dr. Elizabeth Fay (University of Massachusetts Boston)
- Editorial Assistant to Dr. Fay on the New Urban Atlantic book series, under Palgrave Macmillan.
2019-present Reviews Editor (Journal of Fandom Studies)
2017-present Founder & Editor in Chief (Fterota Logia)
2015-present Social Media and Editorial Assistant (AGNI)
2015 Editorial Assistant (Consequence)
“Gendered Fairy Tale Heroics: Ginny Weasley in The Source.” Transformative
Works and Cultures, vol. 30, 2019, doi:10.3983/twc.2019.1687.
Marquis, Chris and Effie Sapuridis. Danone North
America: The World’s Largest B Corporation. Boston: Harvard Kennedy School Case
Sapuridis, Effie. ""So Much More Romantic!": Anne Shirley, the hyperreal troubadour, and Romantic Victorian Medievalism in Anne of Green Gables." Medievalism Transformed, September 18 2020, University of Bangor, Virtual. Paper Presentation.
Effie. "Crafting Daphne Greengrass in Fanon: An Analysis of the Creation
of a Minor Role Character through Fanfiction." Fan Studies Network North
America, 24 October 2019, DuPaul University, Chicago, IN. Poster Session.
CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
Sapuridis, Effie. "My Blood Status is Purer than Yours!: Constructing a (Problematic) Hyperreality within Fanfiction and Fandom Communities" Canadian Communication Association, June 2-5 2020. **conference canceled due to COVID-19
Sapuridis, Effie. ""So Much More Romantic!": Anne Shirley, the hyperreal troubadour, and Romantic Victorian Medievalism in Anne of Green Gables." Canadian Society of Medievalists, June 1-3 2020. **conference canceled due to COVID-19
Sapuridis, Effie. "Pureblood for a Day: Fetishization of Wealth and the Subversion of Heteronormative Romance Tropes in Harry Potter Fanfiction." Popular Culture Association of Canada, May 7-9 2020. **conference canceled due to COVID-19
Speaker -- Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)
Organizing Committee -- FIMS Peer Mentor Program
Union Steward -- PSAC 610
YASA -- Young Adult Studies Association
SCMS - Society for Cinema and Media Studies