Keynotes

Matt Hills is Professor of Media and Journalism at the University of Huddersfield, where he is also co-Director (with Cornel Sandvoss) of the newly launched Centre for Participatory Culture. Matt is additionally co-editor (with Dan Hassler-Forest) on the ‘Transmedia’ book series for Amsterdam University Press. This published its first title, Fanfiction and the Author by Judith Fathallah, in 2017.

Matt has written six sole-authored monographs himself, starting with Fan Cultures in 2002 (Routledge) and coming up to date with Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event in 2015 (Palgrave), as well as editing New Dimensions of Doctor Who (2013) for the programme’s fiftieth anniversary year. He has also published more than a hundred book chapters or journal articles on media fandom and cult film/TV, including publishing in the journal Transformative Works and Cultures and the Journal of Fandom Studies. Other recent work has included chapters for the Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures, The Blackwell-Wiley Companion to Fandom and Fan Studies, and the Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, along with a Foreword for the second edition of Paul Booth’s Digital Fandom and an Afterword for the Bloomsbury edited collection Seeing Fans. Matt gave a keynote at the first Fan Studies Network Symposium, and returns with a Plenary, ‘5 Years of FSN and Fan Studies’ at FSN 2017, hosted by the University of Huddersfield. Among other projects, Matt is currently working on a follow-up to his first book for Routledge, entitled Fan Studies.

 

Dr Ika Willis is Senior Lecturer in English Literatures at the University of Wollongong, but has a BA in Classics and an MA and PhD in Cultural Studies. She has published on slash and Mary-Sue fanfiction. (She has also written slash and Mary-Sue fanfiction, combining the two in a novel-length Harry Potter fic).

Ika is particularly interested in fans’ interpretative strategies, as part of her broader interest in theories of interpretation and the long history of reading. In 2016, she edited a special issue of the Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures on fan fiction and the classical canon, comparing fannish reading/rewriting practices to those of elite Greek and Roman literary communities. She also published an essay on Greek-myth fanfic on AO3 in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Reception of Greek Mythology. Her book Reception roams across medieval, Classical, Biblical, and media studies as well as fan studies, and includes a reading of Flummery’s Doctor Who fanvid ‘Handlebars’. It will be published in Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series in October 2017.