The one-day colloquium explores the ways in which the modern studies of fanfiction and cosplay can shed light on our understanding of pre-modern culture. Rather than focusing on medievalism, we want to think about medieval and early modern material though the prism of modern fandom. Ever wondered if Lancelot was Malory's Mary Sue, or if Margery Kempe was cosplaying a virgin martyr, or whether a meta-level engagement with academic work is a kind of fanfic? Come and present your 10-minute case study in the morning and discuss the perspectives of a larger conference and an online platform for like-minded colleagues in the afternoon.
If you want to present, please send a short proposal by 15 June 2018; if you want to come and attend, do let us know by 6 July.