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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry Vol. 22 




We are honoured to announce that the 2016 CMCS conference Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling? will feature opening keynote speech by Professor P. David Marshall on July 5, 2016. Details are given below.
Extended Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Thursday, December 31, 2015


2016 CMCS Keynote Speaker Professor P David Marshall
Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling?
Red Room, Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal
Barcelona, Spain
July 4th, 2016

“Commodifying the Celebrity-Self: The Peculiar Emergence, Formation and Value of “Industrial” Agency in the Contemporary Attention Economy” by P David Marshall
Professor Marshall, a research professor and holding a personal chair in new media, communication and cultural studies at Deakin University, has published widely in two areas: the public personality/celebrity and new media culture. His books include Companion to Celebrity (December 2015), Celebrity and Power (1997; second edition, 2014), Fame Games (2000), Web Theory (2003), New Media Cultures (2004), and The Celebrity Culture Reader (2006)
His current writing and research has focused on some key areas in contemporary popular culture: he has been developing the idea of ‘persona studies’, where the presentation of the public self has expanded well beyond celebrity culture via particularly online forms: it now structures and patterns reputation and value across many professions and through many recreational and leisure pursuits. He has developed three related concepts to help explore this change in contemporary culture: presentational media, the intercommunication industry, and the personalization complex.  Forthcoming books include: Promotional Vistas (Palgrave, 2016), Contemporary Publics (2016), and Persona Studies:  Celebrity, Identity and the transformation of the public self (Palgrave), and Persona in formation (Minnesota, Forerunner Series, 2016).  He is also the founder of the Persona Studies Journal and M/C.  His personal blog can be found at:
From Hannah Hamad 

Celebrity Studies – Call for Forum submissions 2016

This is a general call for papers for the Celebrity Studies Journal Forum. We’re looking for timely, provocative and open-ended short pieces on current topics in celebrity studies.

Celebrity Forum is a section of Celebrity Studies Journal that provides a space for timely responses to contemporary and historical issues in celebrity culture. We encourage submissions in two forms: 1,000-1,500 words (including notes) ‘think pieces’, including case studies, which should be provocative and open-ended, encouraging exchange and debate.
Alternatively, we invite 500-1,000 word (including notes) submissions of comments and views on previous articles published within either the main section of the journal or Celebrity Forum. Above all, the Celebrity Studies Forum is designed to be dialogical and primarily engaged with cutting edge developments in celebrity and its study.

Recent or forthcoming events and issues in the world of celebrity that we would welcome submissions include, but are not limited to:

•       Serena Williams – ‘Sportsperson of the Year’
•       Celebrity and the US presidential election
•       Bobbi Kristina Brown and ‘dynastic’ celebrity (deaths)
•       Charlie Sheen, celebrity and HIV
•       Celebrity feuds
•       Celebrity infidelities and the Ashley Madison hack
•       Viola Davis’ and the Emmys
•       Asif Kapadia’s ‘Amy’

Forum submissions should be sent to Hannah Hamad at
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but to be considered for the next issue, please submit no later than Friday 29th January 2016.

Further details and journal guidelines are available here:

From Andrea Marshall
Call for Papers: Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives

A special-themed issue of Networking Knowledge, the journal of the MeCCSA-PGN
Edited by Milena Popova and Bethan Jones

Deadline for abstracts: 30th December 2015
Popular culture, as can be seen through the GamerGate controversy for one example, has a profound impact on feminist issues and discourses. Representations of sex and sexualities influence public opinion and individual attitudes and perceptions. Discussions - in both media and academia - are continuing to take place about the impact of Fifty Shades, sexism and misogyny in computer game and comic book fandom, the sexualisation of girls and the sexual desires of both young and adult women. Moral panics abound surrounding Fifty Shades and the “irrational” behaviour of One Direction fans, while LGBTQIA+ identities and sexualities are often represented tokenistically at best. Creative practitioners can easily come under fire for poor representations of sex and sexualities, as evidenced most recently by the reception of Joss Whedon's treatment of Black Widow in The Avengers: Age of Ultron; equally they can be celebrated for their efforts, as was the case with Bioware's inclusion of a consent negotiation scene in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Following a successful one-day symposium on this theme in November 2015, we invite proposals for a special issue of Networking Knowledge - the Journal of the MeCCSA PGN. As with the symposium, we wish to open up debates and explore the nuances of sex and sexualities within popular culture. To that end, possible topics include but are not limited to:
  • Representations of women's desire and sexualities in popular culture
  • Non-cis- and heteronormative sexualities in popular culture, especially beyond "gay and lesbian"
  • Representations of sex work
  • Infertility and sexual dysfunction
  • Sexual intersections: race, disability, religion, class and socioeconomic status, gender
  • Sex and sexualities in gaming
  • Sexual pleasure in popular culture
  • Invisibility: (a)sexualities unrepresented
  • Sex, sexualities and social media
  • Sex and sexualities in fan and transformative works
Please send 300 word abstracts for papers of 5,000 to 6,000 words, along with a short author biography, by 30th December 2015. Please email these to guest editors and  If you have questions about Networking Knowledge in general, please contact the Journal Editor, Simon Dawes at Final, selected, articles will be due by the end of March 2016.

CMCS Media and Research Expertise
We are pleased to announce that Josh Nathan has joined CMCS as a research and media expert. Josh Nathan is a professor of Communication & Critical Thinking at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver. Read more here:   

Celebrity Chat video series
The latest Celebrity Chat with CMCS conference committee member & delegate Andrea Marshall has been released here: Special thanks to Professor Josh Nathan for arranging this talk as a part of a guest talk for his course at the Art Institute in Denver, Colorado.
If you would like to be interviewed for Celebrity Chat, contact for selection criteria and deadlines. All CMCS videos are available for viewing on our YouTube channel:
Media Coverage

CMCS seminar panelist Emmanuel Lopez has been featured on Fresh Air Show at CBC Radio One on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Lopez is an award-winning movie blogger and motivational speaker. His film reviews and inspirational messages have been empowering and insightful for audiences.  In this interview, Lopez speaks about career, depression and Movie Messages of Hope for the Holidays.
To listen to his CBC interview, visit
His CMCS seminar presentation on the 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is featured here:

Book Release
We are honoured to receive Celebrity Health Narratives & Public Health - a valuable contribution to CMCS readers. Special thanks to author and CMCS member Nathaniel Simmons for offering us a copy of his book. We are excited to review and recommend the book to researchers in the field. For more information on Celebrity Health Narratives & Public Health, visit
On behalf of CMCS, we wish you a happy holiday season and New Year!  Thank you for being a part of our growing media and celebrity studies community. We appreciate your ongoing contributions.
We will be completing reviews of our 2016 conference submissions shortly. In the meantime, I would like to invite everyone to share projects you have been working on, new ideas you may have, feedback on projects in the field of research, and what you have planned for 2016!
If you would like to share contributions with our growing research network, you can contact us at  Visit our website ( and connect with us on social media. If you do not have Twitter, check out our latest conversation here: 
We wish you a wonderful week ahead!
Dr Samita Nandy & Board
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMS)

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