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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
60th Edition
Media Experts

Prof. P. David Marshall
Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam

Dr. Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Nandana Bose
Dr Will Visconti
Shannon Skinner 
Josh Nathan

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
Josh Nathan

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Nalini Mohabir
Dr Will Visconti 
Josh Nathan
Nidhi Farfagalia
Kiera Obbard
Georgia Hertz
Christine Bode

Founder & Director

Dr Samita Nandy

Featured Publications

Celebrity Studies

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Fame in Hollywood North


Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society



I hope the month of February started well for all!

We are looking forward to reviewing abstracts and panel proposals for the 7th CMCS international conference “Bridging Gaps; Where is Ethical Glamour in Celebrity Culture?” Deadline for submissions is February 10. Acceptance notifications will be sent by February 28. Please note that we offer the option of video submissions. Read the guidelines here:

In the meantime, read Kofi Forson’s review of the book Building Brands: Celebrity, Politics and Activism. Edited by Celia Lam and Jackie Raphael, the book has been an excellent reference for celebrity studies researchers and media professionals. See all publication updates below.

Recently, I stumbled upon an interesting article titled “Is the Future of Work Playful?” In the article, writer Richard Clayton points out the essence of the ‘play ethic’ that might be of interest to our readers. Please feel free to read and share the article given below my personal notes: 

If you would like to connect and share your research, writing and production updates with media and celebrity studies members, email us at

Have a great end to the week,

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

Book Review

“How to Become a Brand Name in the World of Celebrity and Activism?”

- By Kofi Forson

Journal Publications

“Representing (real) Australia: Australia’s Eurovision entrants, diversity and Australian identity” 

- By Celia Lam

“‘Grant’ing a voice: the representation, activity and agency of Stan Grant” 

- By Celia Lam & Louise St Guillaume

"X-Men bromance: film, audience and promotion"

- By Celia Lam and Jackie Raphael

Videos Series

Call for Submissions - Celebrity Chat Seasons 4 & 5

 - From Jackie Raphael 

Would you like to be featured on Celebrity Chat?

Videos will be 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.

Submission Guidelines:

• 250-word (max.) summary of proposed video presentation
• Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
• Video length should be 10-20 minutes for accepted proposals 
• Submissions can be sent with the help of DropBox or Google Drive
• Submit video proposal to Celebrity Chat producer Jackie Raphael at email address:

Deadline for submissions: July 28, 2018


- From Sean Redmond

Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium

Following the successful Screening Melbourne Symposium in February 2017, the Melbourne Screen Studies Group now seeks to solicit new abstracts for the Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium that will take place on 15-16 June 2018.

While it is recognized that screen media form the connective tissue of Melbourne’s artistic and cultural life, the importance of sound to the way the moving image is brought to life, is relatively less well acknowledged. The Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium not only intends to give due critical and creative weight to the interlocking dimensions of sound design found in Melbourne screen culture, but to address the lack of sustained scholarship on the ways in which the city and its environs are imagined and brought to life on screen through particular ‘tracking’ soundscapes, from music videos to audiovisual art installations, and from film and TV to games and documentary. Sound-Tracking Melbourne is both a recognition of the importance of sound to moving image culture and an intervention – asking delegates to hear and see sound in newly important ways. The symposium will do this through delegate presentations, panel discussions, industry events, and performance-screenings.

We invite critical and/or creative abstracts, including non-traditional research presentations, for individual 20-minute papers, or pre-constituted panels of 3 x 20-minute papers, on any topic or theme related to the relationship between screen and sound in Melbourne. Industry and medium specific presentations are welcome, as well as those that adopt a broader view of Melbourne’s screen-sound cultures and which make comparisons with national and international case studies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:

•The Melbourne sound-vernacular on screen – accent, tone and pitch
•‘Sound-tracking’ gender, ethnicity, class, and sexuality – hearing and (not) seeing identity
• Melbourne’s music-image music scene
• Documenting Melbourne life through the sound-image
• Melbourne’s music video culture
• Melbourne’s installation art and video work: sounding experimental
• Sounding the everyday in documentary filmmaking
• Locations and settings: the ‘sound-track’ of place and space
• Melbourne film soundtracks
• Indigenous soundings in Melbourne screen culture
• Melbourne’s local news: ‘sound-tracking’ news in the cities and regions
• Film and television genre soundings. Melbourne as an audio-visual genre.
• Migration, home and exile: the sights and sounds of Melbourne’s populations
• YouTube Melbourne
• Historicising ‘sound-tracking’ or the ‘sound-track’ in Melbourne screen culture
• Technologies and interfaces of ‘sounding’ Melbourne on screen: analogue, digital, post-human
• Exhibiting sound in Melbourne screen culture – exploring the acoustics of ‘venue’
• Composing scores for Melbourne-based film and television
• The art of ‘sound-tracking’ Melbourne
• Gaming sound in a Melbourne context
• Games and cities: sounding Melbourne as an apocalypse
• Starring the Melbourne sound

See more: 

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