Keynote speakers

Matt Hills is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Huddersfield, and co-director of the Centre for Participatory Culture based there. He is the author of six sole-authored monographs beginning with Fan Cultures (Routledge 2002), and has edited two collections, most recently Transatlantic Television Drama (Oxford University Press 2019; with Michele Hilmes and Roberta Pearson). Matt is also the author of more than a hundred journal articles/book chapters, and is a commissioning editor for the Amsterdam University Press book series ‘Transmedia’. Recent publications have included chapters for the Blackwell-Wiley Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (2018), and the Routledge Companion to Media Fandom (2018), as well as guest-editing a special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies (with C. Lee Harrington) on ‘Fandom and the Life Course’ (2019). Matt is currently working on a follow-up to Fan Cultures for Routledge, this time entitled Fan Studies.

Aldona Kobus, Ph.D. in literature, specialising in fan studies, popular culture studies and research concerning women’s authorship. She received her PhD based on dissertation Modele autorstwa w kulturze Zachodu. Fantazmat podmiotu autorskiego (Models of Autorship in Western Culture. The Phantasm of Authorial Subject), dedicated to the notion of authorship in the context of cultural and market forces. She is also the author of Fandom. Fanowskie modele odbioru, published in 2018.

Dr. Nicolle Lamerichs is senior lecturer and team lead at Creative Business at HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht. She holds PhD in media studies at Maastricht University (2014). Her book Productive Fandom explores intermediality and reception in fan cultures. Her research focuses on participatory culture and new media, specifically the nexus between popular culture, storytelling and play.