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 Dear all,
Hope you are having a great holiday season!  As the year comes to an end, I would like to thank all readers for sharing excellent learning opportunities in studies of media and celebrity culture. 
Kindly note that the deadline for the inaugural Persona Studies conference at Newcastle University has been extended to January 6, 2019.  Our board member Hilary Wheaton and I have lovely memories of presenting our views on persona and celebrity activism at the inaugural Persona Studies symposium at Deakin University. Our special thanks to Bethany Usher for sharing the current Call for Papers and conference updates with CMCS members. Please see details below.

We are also proud of Hannah Yelin and Laura Clancy for addressing how structural privilege, colonialism and patriarchy challenged Meghan Markle’s feminist voice in royal fame.

Their views have been covered in Sky News, The Sunday Times, Radio 4, The Daily Mail, The Express, The Sun, Grazia and Celebrity Studies

You can listen to Hannah Yelin’s outstanding views here:

Earlier this year, Douglas Machado, Jacque Lynn Foltyn, Ian Dixon, and Sutikshya Mallick joined us as CMCS media experts. I also had the privilege of being invited as a guest lecturer on journalism, persona and celebrity activism at the University of Mumbai. Special thanks to professor and filmmaker Daivata Patil for the kind invitation. Check out more news on the CMCS Facebook page.

On behalf of CMCS, I will continue to share views on diversity in media in New York City.  I am thankful to the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) for selecting me as a panelist for the session “Representation Matters” at the Marriot in Lower Manhattan. If you are in New York City, join me on May 5 & 6!
And that’s not all. There are more reasons to stick around New York City!
Our 8th international conference on celebrity culture will be taking place in midtown this coming Fall – not to be missed! Huge thanks to Kiera ObbardSabrina Moro and Diana Miller, who have joined the 2019 CMCS conference committee. Please join me in welcoming them on board and stay tuned for the Call for Papers – coming soon!
Do you have news to share with journalists as well as with scholars in media and celebrity studies? Drop us a line at
Have a wonderful end to the holidays and a great start to the New Year!
We are counting down for 2019 and forward to sharing and supporting your valuable views in the New Year!
Samita Nandy @famecritic

From Bethany Usher
Inaugural International Persona Studies Conference
Tuesday 25th June to 
Wednesday June 26 2019
Newcastle UniversityNewcastleUK.
The Persona Studies journal and Newcastle University are pleased to announce the inaugural International Persona Studies Conference
Keynote Speakers
Prof. P.David Marshall, Deakin University, Melbourne.
Prof. Anne Jerslev, University of Copenhagen.
Dr. Helena Bassil-Morozow, Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr. David Giles, University of Winchester.
Deadline for individual and panel abstracts
: January 6thPersona Studies – the examination of how the private and

Persona Studies – a truly interdisciplinary field
Persona Studies – the examination of how the private and public self intersect to produce differing versions of identity – is a growing area of research. It incorporates, amongst others, studies of celebrity and other public figures such as politicians, professional persona across various fields, examinations of both real and fictional figures from history and in literature, the representation of persona by artists and in music and the influences of psychoanalysis, sociology and psychology. As the political, economic and social landscape of Western capitalist democracies shift, there has never been a more significant time to consider the presentation and publicisation of the self and its socio-economic and cultural impacts.
Withinandbeyondmediatised spaces, the performance of persona has shaped how we understand ourselves and our place in the world. If we consider strategies and practices of self-performance and complex representations across and beyond media spaces, then persona is constantly negotiated by audiences and through every day interactions. In real life and online, multifaceted versions of self-identity emerge according to platform, place and position.
Newcastle University and the Persona Studies journal invite papers and panels which considers questions relating to these processes: what is persona and persona studies? How do public figures negotiate performances of their self-identity and their status in media spaces? What role to rituals, rules and rights play in persona performance? What role do audiences play in shaping persona? What set of communicative practices govern different kinds of persona? How do our social and psychological experiences shape our persona? What is the impact of persona on arts, culture, music or science?
The conference welcomes submissions from a broad range of disciplines: from media, culture and communication studies to sociology and psychology, politics, literary studies, economics, history, philosophy, medicine, law, business, art and more.
We invite abstracts for individual or pre-constituted panels of four papers on any topic related to the conference theme.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Persona as phenomenon • Political persona • Persona and representation • Persona and psychoanalysis • Celebrity persona • Networked persona •Journalismandpersona • social media and persona • Historical persona • Literary persona • Fictional persona •Transgression, crime and persona • Professional persona • Queer persona • Business and corporate persona • Persona and fluidity • Persona and cinema • Persona and reality-TV  • Persona and audience • The parameters of persona • Persona and gender class, race, ethnicity • Marketing and persona • Persona and public relations • Exhibition and persona  • Persona and fandom • Persona, music and musicianship • Science and persona • The phenomenology of persona • leadership and persona.

Deadline for individual and panel abstracts: January 6th, 2019. Submitted to:
Individual Abstracts: 250 words, plus a50 word biography. Panel Abstracts: 150-word overview, plus 4 x250 word abstracts, and 4x50 word biography,plus name of lead contact.
Colleagues will be notified of decisions by: January 30th 2018
Please note the conference website is under development and will be available before final submission date.

References and Featured Publications:

Celebrity Studies 

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies 

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Personas and Places

Fame in Hollywood North 


Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society
Teaching Compassion

Media Experts

Prof. P. David Marshall

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr. Basuli Deb

Dr Jackie Raphael 

Dr Celia Lam 
Dr Ian Dixon
Dr Jacque Lynn Foltyn
 Douglas Machado
Dr Nandana Bose
Dr Mira Moshe
 Hilary Wheaton
Shannon Skinner

Sutikshya Mallick

Founder & Director

 Samita Nandy 

Advisory Board

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam
Dr William Huddy
Dr Frank Wilson
Dr Nicole Bojko
Dr Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Yaya Mori

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Will Visconti 

Kiera Obbard
Georgia Hertz
Christine Bode
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