Responses to the chat during my #FanLIS2022 presentation

The chat runs by much too quickly to scroll with it while presenting but I love the vibrance of #FanLIS2022 chat so I wanted to go through and respond to people’s comments from my presentation, in addition to answering direct questions. So here we go!

procrastination and indecision then instantaneous dissertation topic is such an adhd mood

I’m not diagnosed, but you’re not wrong.

embodied fannishness

YES. More studies on how fans express their fandom with their bodies, please.

I’m kind of curious to see how many Cosplayers base their information process on others'.

This is a great question. I only got at individual practices and how others' shared resources are an influence, not shared process, but I did have 2 participants collaborating on an epic Yuri On Ice wedding cosplay who used similar curation methods. I wonder if groups that frequently collaborate have more commonalities in their information practices.

I feel there is some modesty that comes with cosplayers and that would refrain them to define as creators

I think that’s right. They don’t necessarily identify as creators, though I did have 2 participants refer to themselves as “makers.” But whether they’d use the term or not, the position they put themselves in with both trial-and-error and documentation of their construction processes is information creators.

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