In this interdisciplinary workshop, fan-produced works of fiction based on a variety of source material are examined from literary, linguistic, and socio-cultural perspectives.
Fan fiction is an important part of fandom, particularly in the online communities that form around art, entertainment, or celebrities. Members of these communities produce pieces of writing taking their favourite books, TV shows, K-pop groups, and many more as inspiration, and they make their stories available in diverse online spaces, often including specifically dedicated archives. The Archive of Our Own (AO3) alone counts more than five million fanworks, and a community of over two million users that write, read, and provide feedback and appreciation. There is something for everyone, and unless one is the lone fan, there seems to be an unending stream of delightful fan fiction to read, as the archive continues to grow – what, after all, is a good night's sleep compared to the next fake relationship story in your favourite fandom?
Besides the interest of avid readers and writers, fan fiction has garnered the attention of researchers in a variety of fields: the online practices surrounding the production and consumption of fan-produced works of fiction, as well as the literary products themselves, have been of interest to literary scholars, linguists, culture and media analysts, sociologists, and many others. Fan fiction has, for instance, inspired discussions about intertextuality, the subversive nature of stories produced especially by women and members of minority groups, the nature and function of feedback within the communities, and how writers and readers construct their identities as part of fandoms.
This interdisciplinary workshop brings together researchers from a variety of fields to discuss fan fiction as a literary, linguistic, and socio-cultural practice. The workshop will also include two practical sessions: one will showcase the communal experience of fan fiction through a writing (and reading) session, while the other will provide a brief introduction to computer assisted analysis of fan fiction texts.
We are happy to announce two keynotes, which will be given by Dr. Valeria Franceschi, University of Verona, on "Writing fanfiction in English: non-native writers and plurilingual repertoires" (14 February), and Dr. Anne Kustritz, University of Utrecht, on "Lessons from the Digital Transition: Learning from Fandom at the Turn of the Millennium" (15 February).
Friday, 14 February – Saturday, 15 February 2020
PLH-E-05 (Plattenstrasse 47, 8032 Zürich)
All interested students, members of staff, and other guests are cordially invited. If you would like to attend the workshop or have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, please visit fanficworkshop.wordpress.com.
Organisers: Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw, Johanna Vogelsanger, Rahel Oppliger