Fan Cultures and the Premodern World

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Fan Cultures and the Premodern World: a Conference

Lecture Room, History Faculty, University of Oxford, 5-6 July 2019

Supported by TORCH

with assistance from Medium Aevum 

5 July 2019 

9-9:30 registration, tea, covfefe 

9:30-9:35 Opening remarks

9:35-11:15 Premodern Players: Reenacting, Roleplay and Cosplay

Samantha Lehman: Hoist My Shield (It’s Made of Foam): Examining the Performative Aspect of Cosplay in Connection to the Outfitting of Medieval Knights

Emily Price “Everything is a Little More Complex Than That”: Fantasy, Medievalism, and Representation in Actual-Play Podcasts

Lorris Chevalier "The Impact of the French Film Les Visiteurs on the French’s Vision of the Medieval Ages" (video presentation)

11:15-11:30 Tea/coffee

11:30 – 12:30 Alicia Spencer-Hall Kill Your Darlings, or The Passion of Megan Fox

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:15 The Knights who say Squee: Arthurian Fic

Kavita Mudan Finn Fandom quondam, fandom futurus: Arthuriana as Transformative Fanfiction

Katarina Jonsson Lancelot/Guinevere: exploring romantic idealism in the literature of courtly infidelity and modern fanfiction slash

Vicki Blud Fifty Shades of Green: Lady Bertilak and Arthurian Fanfic

Megan B. Abrahamson Sadomasochistic Fanfiction and the Rules of Fin Amor in Marie de France and Malory

15:15-15:30 Tea break

15:30-17:00 Mystic Con: Devotion as fan culture

Lada Kovalchuk Cosplay as a part of devotion: Secular adaptations of the Franciscan life-style

Lieke Smits Looking for Jesus: Spiritual Role-Play, Make-Believe, and Parasocial Relationships in the Medieval Low Countries

Godelinde Perk Reading Women, Past and Present: Gender, Romance and the Reception of Medieval Women’s Literature

17:15-18:15 Dead Sisters Do Tell Tales: A Theatrical Reading of Modern Devout Sister-Books

18:45-20:30 Informal dinner at Cote Brasserie


6 July 2019

9:00-9:30 Tea/coffee

9:30-10:30 The Fic of It: Theorising fanfic 1

Elyse Graham Literary Culture and Game Structures Before and After Print

Jessica Seymour Remix culture, oral storytelling, and translation

10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee

11:00-12:20 Get a Fic Out of It

Michel De Dobbeleer Are Premodern Battle Narratives Fanfiction? The Cases of Three Peculiar Medieval Genres from Serbia, Russia and Bulgaria

Dan Gerrard The Song of Roland and the First Crusade: Fielding Fickle Facts in Fanfic for Fanatics

Ashley Hemm “Not only to be Empress, but Authoress of a Whole World”: Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World as Proto-Transformative Work

12:20-13:20 Lunch

13:20-15:20 All Fan and Games

Nick Webber “We must liberate the people from the system of enfeoffment”: Fan perspectives on feudalism in EVE Online

Joseph Parkinson The Order of the GG-arter: Gaming as a chivalric experience, with reference to The Witcher series

Michał Mochocki The Polish Fandom of “Dzikie Pola” RPG: A Challenge to Authorized Heritage Discourse

Aleksandra Mochocka Premodern World to Buy, Read, and Play: the Case of Kacper Ryx’s Storehouse

15:20-15:50 Tea/coffee

15:50-17:30 Fannish communities and fannish writers

Ilya V Sverdlov Doch nicht den Ring, or Wagnerian influences on “Lord of the Rings” beyond the Tetralogy: the case of “Parsifal”

Dot Porter The Sacred Texts: Manuscripts in Star Wars and Star Wars Fanfiction

Michael Facius Are Klingons allowed to have a haircut? History cultures and fan criticism in Star Trek Discovery

Ashumi Shah “Do you Tweet Chaucerian?”


17:30-18:00  Closing discussion