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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry Vol. 21 





We are pleased to announce that the 2016 CMCS conference Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling? will feature media workshop “Scholars as Critics” with Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs and Dr Celia Lam in Barcelona on July 5, 2016. Details are given below.
Deadline for abstract submissions: Sunday, December 20, 2015
2016 CMCS Conference Media Workshop “Scholars as Critics
Red Room, Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal
Barcelona, Spain
July 5th, 2016
This workshop will offer: guidance on professional skills and career opportunities both inside and outside academia; insights and resources for scholars to become critics and experts in media; and theoretical and practical overview of basic media relations.
Key Speakers:
Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs
Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance and International Lead for the Americas in The School of Arts and Media at The University of Salford, UK.  Kirsty received her MA in Screen Studies from the University of Manchester and a PhD on feminist theory and celebrity culture from The University of Salford. She regularly works with a number of cultural organisations and networks including Salford International Media Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Home, The National Media Museum and Cofilmic and has strong links in the UK comedy industry. Her leadership in the recent launch of Women in Film and Television Network North and The Hunting Ground screening/ Q and A with Emmy award winning director Kirby Dick has established significant links between academic and media industries.
Kirsty is a member of the editorial board of the international journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge) and is currently a guest editor of the special issue “Fame-inism: Feminism and Global Celebrity Culture.” She has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 News, and Al Jazeera among others.

Dr Celia Lam
Dr Celia Lam is a Lecturer in digital media at the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus). Celia has a background in production, having completed a Bachelor degree in screen production at Macquarie University and a Masters in Film and Digital Media at the University of Sydney. Celia’s research areas include digital technologies, media production and consumption and audience spectatorship. Celia also has an interest in online identity presentation, and was the recipient of a 2012 Endeavour Award Post Doctoral Fellowship to conduct research in online identity presentation in Hong Kong.
Celia has worked for Radio Television Hong Kong and various production companies in Sydney. She was part of the production team on the Australian Government funded ‘Raising Children DVD’. Her research was also reported in the Education section of the Sydney Morning Herald in 2011.


Registration includes: Your printed conference package, catered lunch, coffee / tea breaks, evening drinks, professional development workshop, eligibility to publish in Bridging Gaps edited book series, and consideration for the $100 best paper and screen awards.
Conference Chairs: Dr Jackie Raphael & Dr Celia Lam

Conference Committee Members: Dr Samita Nandy, Dr Louis Massey, Josh Nathan, and Andrea Marshall
Conference URL
Deadline: Sunday, December 20, 2015
Call for Papers: Fame-inism: Feminism and Global Celebrity Culture

Special Issue of Celebrity Studies

Guest Editors:
Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, University of Salford, UK
Natasha Patterson, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Camilla A. Sears, Thompson Rivers University, Canada

For this special issue of Celebrity Studies, the editors are seeking proposals on the topic of feminism and celebrity culture. In recent years, contemporary celebrity culture has broached the topic of feminism, and increasingly, celebrities – men and women – are expected to make very public subscriptions to or rejections of a feminist identity. For instance, popular magazines like Cosmopolitan, provides “A Handy Guide to Celebrity Feminists” – and ask questions like, Where do our favourite celebrities stand on feminism? Without question, celebrity culture has become an important site for the production of meaning or understanding about feminism, especially in light of the commonly held belief that the struggles of the feminist movement – gender equality, equal pay, and so on – have been achieved, rendering it outdated or not in tune with the concerns of young women in contemporary society. In this way, the concept of “postfeminism” has been a useful tool for thinking about how feminism is framed within popular culture. Yet, these ongoing debates about what feminism is, or is not, or who can claim membership, as writ large in celebrity culture and through celebrities, clearly demonstrates that the movement still carries importance and resonates with audiences. And in such a way, it seems key for scholars to attend to the question, what does feminism look like in this culture?

While we welcome proposals that attend to these issues from a Western perspective, our goal for this special issue is to reflect a diverse array of perspectives in terms of content and location. Therefore, this special issue aims to explore discursive struggles over the meaning of feminism and celebrity culture in both Western and non-Western contexts.

Suggested paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Thinking beyond Western borders – what can studies of celebrities cross-culturally, tell us about the state of feminism globally?

• How do feminist theories/frameworks help us to understand or critically interrogate celebrity culture? What inequalities or power dynamics invite feminist critiques of celebrity culture?

• The concept of (white) celebrity feminism and how this idea has gained ground globally via social media, particularly through the politics of the feminist celebrity philanthropist (e.g. #HeforShe/Emma Watson).

• The relationship between surveillance culture and female celebrities; the policing of public figures

• The rise of “ordinary” celebrities through the global circulation of reality TV formats and social media such as “localebrities” or “micro-celebrities”

• Intersectional analyses of celebrity feminists/feminism

• The rise of the “male celebrity feminist”

• How does celebrity and sexuality intersect globally?  Explore the rising fame and star quality of female actors within the adult pornographic genre – and their connections to a feminist identity

Interested authors should send a 500 word proposal and 200-word biography to by January 15, 2016. Please direct general enquiries to this email address as well. Acceptance notices will be sent out by February 15 2015. For accepted proposals, completed essays of 6000-8000 words will be due no later than June 1, 2016. Final publication of the special issue is expected late 2017. Only previously unpublished essays will be considered.
Celebrity Chat video series
The latest Celebrity Chat with filmmaker Pritha Chakraborty has been released here: Pritha discusses Bollywood celebrity culture and everyday life. The work particularly shows how journalistic representations of talent in popular culture may not necessarily reflect 'silent voices' in society. Earlier this year, her documentary Silent Voices was premiered at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and Sundance Film Forward. CMCS Celebrity Chat videos are now available here: If you would like to be interviewed, please contact for selection criteria and deadlines.
Media Coverage

CMCS Advisory board member, media spokesperson & founder of the growing international The Save Movement Dr Anita Krajnc has been featured on BBC Radio 5, The Guardian, Toronto Star, and Canada’s Global TV’s The Morning Show for her outstanding contributions to non-human animals. View and share her featured interview on The Morning Show:
Book Talk
CMCS board member Dr Robert Caine was invited for a public talk on his groundbreaking book Teaching Compassion at the annual Save Movement event Animals Beyond Borders on December 12 and at University of Toronto on December 2, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  The U of T talk was part of the CTLSA conference talk series at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT) in Toronto, Canada. Visit for details on his invited talk. More information about Teaching Compassion is available here. His previous book Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society, co-edited by CMCS board members Dr Hilary Wheaton and Dr Louis Massey, can be ordered here.
Conference Report
Nanette O’Brien reports on After-Image: Life-Writing and Celebrity at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. Visit to read and share the conference report



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 helps coordinating research, publications, creative productions, and media commentaries to restore artistic and ethical acts for social change.



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