We are pleased to announce that CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy has been covered in Sun Media’s 24 Hours twice this month and CMCS editorial board member Nidhi Shrivastava had her first cover story in ANOKHI magazine. As well, Professor Ellis Cashmore’s Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption has been published by Bloomsbury Press. More details on these and other resources can be found below. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for new publications announcements, conference updates, and academic opportunities coming up in the next editions. In the meantime, keep checking our website and join our conversations on social media!
Have a great start to May,
Dr Louis Massey
Advisory Board Member & Communication Manager,
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)
The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international organization and research network that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture. CMCS carries a pedagogical philosophy that inspires integration of research and media skills training in academic and public discourses of fame. The centre believes in intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical values of bridging gaps in higher education and media. With this view, CMCS facilitates research, publications, creative productions, and media commentaries to restore artistic and ethical acts for social change.
From Shanisa Emmons (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption
“Examines Taylor with the thoroughness of a jeweller with a loupe” – The Sunday Times
“In the cigar-chomping Hollywood of the Fifties … how did Taylor manage to call the shots? Ellis Cashmore’s book is an impressive answer … [His] thesis … [on the effects of Taylor’s unfailing ability to merge art and life is what] makes his book compelling.” -The Daily Telegraph
“A rich and illuminating reassessment” – The Washington Post
The first volume to examine the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in this light, Cashmore paints Taylor as the seminal representation of “celebrity.” A figure of enormous charisma and cultural sway, she intrigued a global audience with her marriages and extra-marital improprieties, as well as her extravagant jewellery, her never-ending illnesses, her dependency on alcohol, and her perplexing friendship with Michael Jackson. Despite her continued world-renown, however, most people would be hard-pressed to name even three of her films, though she made over 70.
Cashmore traces our modern, hyperactive celebrity culture back to a single instant in Taylor’s life: the publicising of her scandalous affair with Richard Burton in 1962, which announced the arrival of a new generation of predatory photojournalists and, along with them, a strange conflation between the public and private lives of celebrities. Taylor’s life and public reception, Cashmore reveals, epitomizes the modern phenomenon of “celebrity.”
Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong.
For more information click here: http://www.bloomsbury.com/elizabeth-taylor-9781628920697/
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CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy was covered in Sun Media’s 24 Hours on April 6, 2016. Read “Annoying Much? Why do these celebs attract so much trolling?” at http://www.pressreader.com/canada/24-hours-toronto/20160406/281668254125570.
Dr Nandy was covered again on April 19, 2016. The full story is given in “Worst. Celeb. Advice. Ever!”: http://www.toronto24hours.ca/2016/04/19/worst-celeb-advice-ever.
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.
Also, (CMCS) editorial board member Nidhi Shrivastava has her cover story in April edition of ANOKHI Media Magazine. Her story offers insightful views on celebrity politicians and politics of fame in transnational contexts. Read http://anokhimedia.com/magazine/would-you-change-your-religion-to-advance-your-career for details.
Celebrity studies scholars and media professionals have pointed out some excellent articles that we would like to share with all CMCS members.
Jaap Kooijman shares one of the best articles on the significance of Prince, an iconic figure that we sadly lost this month: http://www.vice.com/read/prince-was-a-genius-no-matter-how-you-define-it-jason-king-2016?utm_source=vicetwitterus.
Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs sheds further light on his performance of gender and sexuality. Read http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/04/21/prince_dead_at_57_embraced_gender_fluidity_ahead_of_his_time.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_tw_top for insightful views on his gender-bending performances.
Earlier, Greg Jenner shared an episode in “21st Century Mythologies” on BBC Radio 4. The episode offers Insightful exploration of the Kardarshian myth using Barthes' lens. Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l0gdd for the semiotic analysis of the Kardarshian myth.
Recently, we also came across an excellent New Yorker review that is must-read for Sex and the City fans and fan studies scholars: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/07/29/difficult-women. Although the article was published a while ago, it is a timeless read for all.
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