Freya is a Masters student from the University of South Australia in the School of Creative Industries. She is the recipient of the Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship, which was established by the Discworld Foundation after the passing of the bestselling and much beloved author. She is studying the potential treatment of some of Pratchett’s “logical systems” in his Discworld as vernacular theory, specifically looking at the way human engagement and “belief” causes online phenomena such as Pepe the Frog and Slenderman to become associated with specific group identities in online communities. This involves drawing on studies of digital folklore, pop culture, participatory culture and the civic imagination.
Freyja completed her BA at Adelaide University in 2007 majoring in English and psychology. She returned to Adelaide University in 2009 to complete the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, specialising in teaching those same subjects. After graduating she spent a year teaching English (TEFL) in three Japanese primary schools. Before undertaking this research program, Freya was working with undergraduate IT students as a teacher. She has found it a little strange being a student again, but is excited and honoured to have this opportunity to study in an author and ideas that she is passionate about, and to have this opportunity to study at two amazing institutions in different parts of the world.