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I am excited to update that Dr Evie Psarras and I will have a public conversation with Dr Tamar Salibian about #FreeBritneySpears. Join researchers, journalism experts, filmmakers, and performing artists at the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) IG page for this live conversation at 9:30 am PDT / 12:30 EDT / 5:30 GMT on Saturday, September 25 – mark the date!

Earlier, Dr Salibian and I had a media interview: 'Britney Spears is not just any artist': #FreeBritney conservatorship case is a 'mess' but speaks to a shift in culture ( Please feel free to read and bring questions on it to our live chat coming Saturday – we would love to hear from you!


In other news, Intellect Books published the 9th Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) NYC conference proceedings on celebrity counterpublics. Huge thanks to CMCS keynotes, authors, and editors Kiera Obbard and Sabrina Moro for their outstanding contribution to celebrity and fan studies. Read, review, and share the publications in your fields of research and practice:
Furthermore, our CMCS delegate & Journal of Fandom Studies author Daniel Hegedus just launched his site on film and music composition. I am proud of his artistic contribution! Please feel free to check out his creative work at 
Furthermore, I am honored to contribute as a community leader to Hollywood’s educational network, Stage 32, with close to 800,000 members. Partnered with Netflix, Paramount Network, and many more (see Stage 32 Team), our educational conversations and industry-focused conversations and webinars democratize entertainment beyond limited understandings in tabloids. Recently, Stage 32-member, filmmaker, and film educator Swati Chugh and I furthered our discussion on the educational essence of independent filmmaking at an international level that CMCS supports. Watch here.

More on the story behind CMCS is now in ShoutOutLA Los Angeles. 

Meanwhile, as we mentioned in our editorial party & CMCS post, we must continue to celebrate our “big wins” and our “small wins” to acknowledge and honor the outstanding developments of all. The Zoom celebration was just after the CMCS launch date August 29, 2013 - CMCS turned 8 years old!

Thank you for being with us. Please feel free to share this edition with students and colleagues, join our regular updates on Twitter @celeb_studies, watch archived conversations on our YouTube, and follow all publications (below) to participate in literary and media commentaries in celebrity journalism and entertainment arts.

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That’s all for now!

Have a great week and we'll see at our IG live this coming Saturday!

Dr Samita Nandy
Director, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) @famecritic


Ethical Fashion and Glamour: Styling and Branding the Persona

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism 
and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies 

Celebrity Studies 

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Persona Studies: An Introduction

Personas and Places

Fame in Hollywood North 

Popular Culture & the Intellectual 

Becoming Media Critics

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society


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