Call for Papers: Fanfiction and the Ancient World Conference

October 4th-5th, Radboud University (Oct. 4th) and online (Oct. 5th)

NB: OSL ReMAs and PhDs can obtain 1EC from participating in the conference and submitting an assignment (instructions will follow closer to the date of the event). Registration will open on September 2nd, 2024 (registration link to be added closer to the date).


How can fan studies contribute to the study of Greco-Roman Antiquity and the field of Classical reception? How can Classics contribute to the study of fan culture? How does the community we call Greek mythology fandom differ from the community we call Classicists? How are they similar? How can they challenge and support each other’s knowledges, methodologies, and epistemologies?

The Fanfiction and the Ancient World conference hopes to bring these two disciplines into dialogue with each other and to offer an academic platform to scholars working on the intersection of these fields.

We welcome contributions on, but not limited to:

  • Fanfiction or fan art about, inspired by, based on or drawing on the style of cultural materials from Greco-Roman Antiquity
  • Fanfiction and fan culture as classical reception or rewriting
  • Conceptualizing Classics and academia as fannish endeavors
  • Affective, emotional, and communal ties in both Classics and fandom
  • Methodologies for studying classics fandom and studying fandom as classical reception
  • Analysis of cultural capital in fandom-oriented and classics-oriented communities 

We especially welcome contributions that problematize the distinction between academic and fannish engagement with Greco-Roman Antiquity. We also particularly encourage people with a fannish perspective (including those outside academia), and early-career researchers, to submit a contribution. 

Please submit 300-word abstracts outlining a 15-minute presentation to and by Sunday, July 7th. The conference will have an in-person component held at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on Friday October 4th, and an online component held on Saturday October 5th. On the Saturday afternoon we will be joined by renowned fandom scholar Professor Henry Jenkins, from the University of Southern California, who will close our conference with an ‘ask me anything’ session. 

In your abstract, please specify whether you would prefer to present in-person in Nijmegen (on the 4th) or online (on the 5th).

For precariously employed in-person speakers, we may be able to reimburse some travel expenses. Please contact and  for more information. If you have any questions or needs surrounding the accessibility of this event, please get in touch.



Abstract deadline: July 7

Decisions and Preliminary Program: July 31

Conference: October 4th (in-person in Nijmegen) and October 5th (online)



Julia Neugarten, Department of Arts & Culture Studies, Radboud University, 

Julia is a researcher at the Radboud Institute of Culture and History (RICH) and with Anchoring Innovation (supported by the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) through the Dutch Research Council (NWO), as part of the Anchoring Innovation Gravitation Grant research agenda of OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies, the Netherlands (project number 024.003.012). She is also a member of OIKOS and OSL.

Dr. Amanda Potter, Open University and University of Liverpool

This conference organized in conjunction with Radbound University and ACE Creativity, University of Liverpool



This event is funded with the support of an OSL Seed Money Grant offered by the Netherlands Research School of Literary Studies. It is also funded with the support of Anchoring Innovation, The National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands (OIKOS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH)