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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
32nd Edition
Media Experts

Prof. P. David Marshall
Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr. Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam

Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Nandana Bose
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Will Visconti
Josh Nathan
Shannon Skinner 

Advisory Board

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jackie Raphael
Dr Celia Lam 

Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Louis Massey
Dr Radha Maharaj
Dr Robinder Sehdev
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Yaya Mori
Tushar Unadkat
Ravi Kumar

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Will Visconti 
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Nalini Mohabir
Nidhi Shrivastava
Christine Bode

Communication Manager

Dr Louis Massey

Founding Director

Dr Samita Nandy

Featured Publications

Celebrity Studies (Routledge)

(WaterHill Publishing)

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies (2016)

A Companion to Celebrity (2015)

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society (2015)





Dear CMCS members,

It has just been over 3 weeks since we held the 2016 Bridging Gaps conference in Barcelona! We are proud of our chairs, key speakers, and panelists that made valuable contributions and continued the Bridging Gaps dialogues we started in Toronto and in New York City. The exclusive drinks, intimate company, insightful panels, and group activities brought rare conversations on popular media and celebrity activism alive in the charming city of Barcelona.

The conference ended with the announcements of 2016 CMCS Best Paper award winners Louise St Guillaume and Ellen Finlay. The 2016 Celebrity Chat award winners are Susan Hopkins and Jenny Ostinini. We look forward to the public release of their video in Celebrity Chat Season 2 this Fall!

At the moment, visit the following link for Professor P. David Marshall's  CMCS conference keynote presentation:

Read and share highlights of the complete conference:

Also view our memorable conference photographs:

We look forward to meeting you at the next conference and workshop. More information on upcoming calls, conferences, and media coverage is given below.

On behalf of CMCS, I wish you all a lovely weekend and a fantastic start to August!


Dr Samita Nandy
Director, 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 CMCS Board Members & 2016 Conference Chairs Dr Celia Lam and Dr Jackie Raphael

CFP: Online, offline and transcultural spaces in Australian Fandom

Australian fans have access to a wide array of popular culture content from around the world, developing relationships with these products that are as rich as fans from other parts of the globe. Until recently access to media products is limited by temporal and spatial distance from countries of origin. Yet, at the same time practices from diaspora communities to preserve cultural identity introduces a multitude of global media content to a wider Australian audience. Australian fans thus engage with a mixture of ‘conventional’ and ‘niche’ media products that places them both within the margins and in the mainstream.  While there may be parallels between Australia and other nations with multicultural communities, the geographical location, history and cultural mix of Australian society give rise to unique contexts shaping the consumption and practices of Australian fans.

We thus ask the question: What makes the Australian fan experience unique? What influence does geo-political location have on the consumption and appropriation of popular culture in the Australian context? What impact does Australian multicultural society have on exposure and access to popular culture? What drives Australian fan interaction with global popular culture, and how does this interaction intersect with narratives of ‘Australian-ness’ in local and globalised contexts?

This book seeks to explore the specific and unique experience of being fans living and Australia.

We seek authors to contribute critical chapters for an edited volume to be submitted to University of Iowa Press. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Online fandom
  • Offline fandom (including convention attendance, fan-celebrity interaction etc)
  • Fan perceptions of celebrity brands/identities/public persona
  • Fan fiction
  • Cosplay culture
  • Anime culture
  • Manga culture
  • Subcultures of fandom
  • Transcultural fan practices (e.g. fan Subbers)
  • World cinema fandom
  • Cult cinema fandom
  • Comic book fandom
  • Distribution practices including Fast tracked television, Streaming services and Netflix
  • Fandom and national identity
Please email 300 word abstracts and your CV to both Celia Lam and Jackie Raphael by August 31 2016. Proposals should be for original chapters that have not been previously published (including conference proceedings), and are not under consideration from other journals or edited collections.

Dr. Celia Lam is Lecturer in Media and Communications, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney (

Dr. Jackie Raphael is Lecturer in Design, School of Design and Art, Curtin University, Perth (


Celebrity Chat – Call for Season 2 Films and Videos

Are you a scholar, journalist, artist or fan interested in conversations on celebrity culture?

Receive a screening opportunity of your conversation on Celebrity Chat Season 2 in Fall 2016!

The screening will offer an international platform for filmmakers, broadcasters, and video artists that critically engage with fame. It will also offer eligibility for $100 CMCS screen award at the next Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) conference, in which you can be interviewed for a worldwide audience. Entrance will be determined upon evaluation by our review committee.

Entry guidelines:
  • 250-word proposal
  • Original short films, video art works, media installations, audiovisual performances, network based projects, and interviews (max 30 mins)
  • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
  • Submit proposal to Chairs Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Samita Nandy at
  • Entry deadline: August 31, 2016
  • Release dates: September – December 2016
Celebrity Chat is a ground-breaking video series on the CMCS YouTube. The series is based on scholarly discussions on celebrity culture and was launched at the NYC conference “Bridging Gaps: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism?” in September 2015.

Videos are uploaded as a reliable resource for scholars, students, and journalists seeking academic analysis of celebrity culture. This includes themes of persona, branding, scandal, advertising, sexualisation, activism, authenticity, selfies, social media and much more! References to publications will be included on request.

Videos must provide an intellectual discussion between two scholars, a scholar and a fan or scholar and media expert.

For selection criteria, please contact Dr. Jackie Raphael (Curtin University Lecturer and CMCS Advisory Board Member) and Dr. Samita Nandy (CMCS Director) at


Popular Music and Society
Call for Papers
Special Issue on Beyoncé

Guest-edited by Marquita Smith, Kristin McGee, and Christina Baade
Submissions are invited for a special issue of Popular Music and Society on the musical and cultural impact of Beyoncé.

The 2016 launch of Lemonade and the Formation World Tour–along with Beyoncé’s numerous other mass-mediated performances, musical releases, and actions–inspire not only informal evaluations of her music and public persona, but also scholarly, in-depth investigations of the values, aesthetics, and cultural significance of her work.  Moreover, Beyoncé has played a profound role in intervening in and catalyzing debates about feminism, social justice movements, Black culture, and sexuality within the public sphere.  Because of the extreme versatility and dynamic range of her artistic oeuvre and the ideologies reflected by her public engagements and social initiatives, we seek to compile an issue that correspondingly highlights this complexity.  Articles may therefore introduce a range of topics and perspectives.  These may include innovative creation of visual albums; the incorporation of images of Black culture and Black history into Beyoncé’s creative work; her adroit exploitation of social and commercial media to promote her public and artistic persona; and her nonmusical but socially engaged activities in connection with various causes, especially connected to Black/Southern communities of the United States.  We also seek to investigate the diverse meanings and pleasures that Beyoncé’s work holds for her fans, who represent a range of cultural backgrounds; racial, sexual, and gender identities; and generations.  We seek to better understand Beyoncé’s role as a multifaceted cultural symbol from her status as a local, teenaged breakout star from Houston, Texas; to a national Black cultural icon; to a consummate music industry performer, singer, producer, and dancer; and to a global celebrity and pop star.  Therefore, we invite articles that explore Beyoncé’s significance to these fan communities in relation to her diverse body of work and modes of identification.

We welcome a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, including performance studies, cultural studies, ethnomusicological, musicological, and media studies approaches and critical race, feminist, and political economic perspectives.  Articles on Beyoncé and her work might pursue the following:

●      Examination of how Black cultural values and artistic traditions across the African diaspora inform Beyoncé’s artistic work;
●      The role of intersectional feminism, especially Black feminism, in evaluating Beyoncé’s musical, audiovisual, and cultural work;
●      The relation of late capitalism and neoliberalism to the reception and mediation of Beyoncé’s public persona;
●      Theoretically informed thick descriptions of Beyoncé’s music recordings, videos, and mediated performances, including live media events;
●      The role of Black vernacular dance in Beyoncé’s audiovisual work and its relation to the meanings attached to the spectacle of the female body in pop music;
●      Performative analyses of Beyoncé’s negotiation of contemporary celebrity culture, autobiographical expression, and authorship in collaborative art forms;
●      Interrogation of the role of music-industry institutions in guiding the production and promotion of the star Beyoncé–and the ways in which Beyoncé has negotiated the shifting terrain of these institutions in the early twenty-first century; and
●      An analysis of the digitally mediated nature of Beyoncé’s stardom within/through fan communities and online criticism.

Potential contributors are asked to submit abstracts of 250-500 words and a short bio (100-200 words) by 15 November 2016 to Dr. Marquita Smith at  Those selected for inclusion will be notified by 1 January 2017 and asked to deliver completed articles (6,000-8,000 words) by 1 July 2017.  Articles will be peer-reviewed.  Inquiries regarding potential essay topics and their suitability for inclusion are welcome.  Please address all correspondence and submit all documents to, with copies to and
Christina Baade
University Scholar (2015-19)
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia
Book Review Editor, Journal of the Society for American Music
Togo Salmon Hall, Room 329A
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M2


Film Stardom in Southeast Asia
Monash University Malaysia, 24 & 25 November 2016


All across Southeast Asia film stars have attained an important place in popular culture, appearing in magazines and newspapers, on billboards and cinema marquees, at public events and premieres, and now on the internet and social media. While some are from cinemas from outside the region, such as Hollywood or Hindi cinema, Southeast Asian cinemas have also built their own distinctive star systems, which have produced a host of successful stars. These stars often possess the general features of stardom commonly noted in film scholarship, such as glamour and charisma, while at the same time offering nationally (or even regionally) specific inflections of the phenomenon, embodying local tastes, values and ideologies. Many have reached stellar levels of fame, with Mitr Chaibancha in Thailand, P. Ramlee in Malaysia and Nora Aunor in the Philippines, for example, all attaining legendary status in their respective countries. And yet there is little academic work focusing on the region’s stars.
This workshop on film stardom in Southeast Asia will contribute to existing scholarship in Star Studies and Southeast Asian cinema studies in a number of key ways. It will explore such questions as: how do Southeast Asian film stars contribute to the marketing, business and economics of the industries they work in? In what ways are Southeast Asian films shaped by their stars, through their extra-filmic personas and/or their star performances? How do the region’s stars give insight into the social and political contexts of life in Southeast Asia? To what extent do film stars offer a fresh perspective on Southeast Asian film history?

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Case studies of particular stars and star systems from the region
  • Nationally specific ideas of stardom in Southeast Asia (e.g. in
    Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Stardom and identity (e.g. class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality)
  • Stars of independent and auteur cinema
  • Stardom’s relationship with empire and post-colonialism
  • The influence of stardom from other parts of the world (e.g.Hollywood, India, Hong Kong)
  • Religion and stardom in Southeast Asia
  • Transnational Southeast Asian stars
  • Stardom and Southeast Asian film genres
  • Stardom and performance (including the influence of regional
    performance traditions)
  • The role of stars in mediating notions of tradition and modernity
  • Fans, audiences and reception studies

This two-day workshop will be a closed-door event, only open to the
workshop’s speakers and discussants. Speakers will give a 20-30 minute
presentation, which will be followed by discussion and Q&A.

Confirmed speakers include: Mary Ainslie (University of Nottingham, Malaysia), Katarzyna Ancuta (Assumption University of Thailand), Thomas Barker (University of Nottingham, Malaysia), Annette Hamilton (University of New South Wales), David Hanan (Monash University) and Rolando Tolentino (University of the Philippines, Diliman).

The workshop will take place at Monash University Malaysia, located just
outside Kuala Lumpur:

If you are interested in participating please submit a 300-word abstract for a paper along with a short bio to Jonathan Driskell ( by 10 August 2016 (new extended deadline).

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Course Coordinator
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Monash University Malaysia
Jalan Lagoon Selatan
47500 Bandar Sunway
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
From Monika Drzewiecka

We would like to remind you that the deadline for registering for the Sex and Sexuality in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives conference (Bristol, September 3rd) is August 25th.

If you are interested in attending, you can register here:

We also have a number of free tickets for undergraduates. We’d be very grateful if you could promote the conference in your institutions to see if any of your students would be interested in attending!

Here is the link for the undergrad Expressions of Interest

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,
The #PopSex16 Team
Media Coverage

CMCS Media expert Josh Nathan has been featured in The Washington Post and in Chicago Tribune. Please visit the following links for his latest news coverage:


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