It is June already! We have less than a month left for the 2016 CMCS conference Bridging Gaps: What are the Media, Publicists, and Celebrities Selling? in Barcelona. CMCS will host an exclusive conference roundtable ‘Beyoncé Debate’. The roundtable will be held prior to the awards for best celebrity studies paper and Celebrity Chat video. We now welcome guests, journalists, and publicists to attend the complete conference for a discounted rate of $150. See below for details about the Beyoncé Debate, awards, media interviews, and more. Please feel free to share this newsletter with faculty and students in your department. If you wish to submit material for CMCS newsletter or blog, please email the content to email@example.com. Stay tuned for updates on CMCS conference, videos, and publications in the next editions. In the meantime, keep checking our website and join our conversations on social media! Use #BGCS16 for all pre-conference conversations!
Have a great weekend!
Dr Louis Massey
Advisory Board Member & Communication Manager
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)
2016 CMCS Beyonce Debate
Are public responses to Beyoncé feminism as politically daring as some of her performances are? While many scholars, critics, and journalists have problematized her feminism, especially in relation to her recent album Lemonade, there is necessity for reading her cultural productions in celebrity feminism and debunk political correctedness in the marketing of her feminist views.
What is the media missing?
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) hosts an exclusive conference roundtable ‘Beyoncé Debate’ and calls faculty, students and journalists for an enriching discussion on the latest topics. You will be joining the Chair Jackie Raphael and key speakers Annelot Prins, Kelly M. O’Donnell, Louise St Guillaume and Kirsty Fairclough–Isaacs for the discussion on July 5, 2016.
Guest registration includes: Your printed conference package, catered lunch, coffee / tea breaks, evening drinks, professional development workshop, eligibility to publish in edited book, electronic version of peer-reviewed edited book based on the conference of which the roundtable is a part. Guests have the option to attend the roundtable and interview key speakers.
Visit the conference website and select guest registration below the CFP: http://cmc-centre.com/conferences/barcelona/
The full conference program is available for download as a PDF file here.
Conference hashtag: #BGCS16
2016 CMCS Awards
We are super excited for the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Awards for best media & celebrity studies conference paper & Celebrity Chat video! We cannot wait to announce the award winners at the #BGCS16 conference in Barcelona next month! Our thanks to conference chairs Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam. Special thanks to Nick Wright for designing the awards.
Photo credits: Eddie Reserva
Media and Publication Updates
CMCS Director Samita Nandy’s review of Sean Redmond’s book Celebrity and the Media has been published at
We are truly proud of Sean Redmond’s exceptional contribution to the field of study.
In other news, Samita Nandy was covered in Vancouver's Sun Media 24 Hours News. Read “Celebrity 101” at
eedition.vancouver.24hrs.ca/epaper/viewer.aspx (May 25, 2016, p. 13).
Samita Nandy was also covered in Toronto’s Sun Media 24 Hours News. The full story is given in “Celebrity 101: Studying the Stars”
Special thanks to reporter Brad Hunter for his excellent media coverage. His critical analysis of Hollywood fame and ethical impact of celebrity advice is insightful for a wide range of audiences and researchers in celebrity studies and fan studies.
CMCS Interview on Donald Trump
Would Donald Trump or a similar celebrity candidate could ever have as much success in Britain?
Luke Terry interviews Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) scholars for his postgraduate research at City University.
Read views here: http://cmc-centre.com/trump/
CFP: Gods, Icons, and Idols: Stars from Hollywood and Beyond
Read CFP here: http://cmc-centre.com/stars/