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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
39th 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
Josh Nathan
Shannon Skinner 

Advisory Board

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam
Dr Nicole Bojko
Dr Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Radha Maharaj
Dr Robinder Sehdev
Dr Yaya Mori
Tushar Unadkat
Ravi Kumar

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Nalini Mohabir

Dr Will Visconti 
Nidhi Shrivastava
Christine Bode

Communication Manager

Dr Louis Massey

Founding Director

Dr Samita Nandy

Featured Publications

Celebrity Studies

Fame in Hollywood North

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity


Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society




Early bird registration for the 4th international Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) conference is coming up on December 31, 2016.

Join Nancy Yuen, author of Reel Inequality, and our media panelists to give an urgent voice in Hollywood:

Dr Nancy Wang Yuen is a scholar of race and ethnicity in film, television, and new media. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (creative writing) and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. An associate professor of sociology at Biola University, Dr. Yuen enjoys helping her students view media through a critical lens. She teaches classes on research methods, race/gender in popular culture, Asian American studies, and visual sociology.

Nancy Wang Yuen’s book, Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (Forthcoming 2016, Rutgers University Press), examines the barriers African American, Asian American and Latina/o actors face in Hollywood and how they creatively challenge stereotypes.

Dr. Yuen pioneered the first policy report on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in primetime television, in collaboration with Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The Associated Press interviewed her for a feature on the report. She is currently conducting a 10-year follow up study evaluating not only the raw numbers but also the complexity of characters portrayed by Asian American and Pacific Islanders in network/cable television and digital streaming services.

Dr. Yuen is also co-curating an exhibit on Hollywood’s Pioneering Asian American Actresses for the Japanese American National Museum.

Dr Vanessa Díaz is a journalist, filmmaker, and scholar. In 2015, she earned a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Díaz is currently adapting her dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively titled  Manufacturing Celebrity: Race, Gender, and the Cultural Politics of Red Carpet and Paparazzi Work (under contract with Duke University Press). Her research, which focuses on hierarchies of labor as well as ethnoracial and gender politics in the production of celebrity-focused media, was supported by the Ford Foundation and Smithsonian Institute. This project was inspired by Díaz’s many years working for People magazine. She has published chapters in such anthologies as Contemporary Latina/o Media: Production, Circulation, Politics (NYU Press 2014) and First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics (Bloomsbury Academic Press 2015). Grounded in her experience as a reporter for People magazine, Díazs chapter in First Comes Love, “’Brad& Angelina: And Now…Brangelina!’: A Sociocultural Analysis of Blended Celebrity Couple Names,” examines the phenomenon of celebrity couple name-combining as a racialized marketing tactic aimed at furthering the cultural economy of the normative white heterosexual relationships that celebrity magazines promote. Díaz is called upon by publications ranging from The Atlantic to the Los Angeles Times to comment upon major events in celebrity culture, such as the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. She is able to provide necessary context to understand how and why these events capture the American popular imagination, while simultaneously revealing the hidden labor and racial struggles involved in the production of celebrity media.

Kevin Del Principe is a writer and director. He earned his MFA in Writing for Screen and Television at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The son of a snowplow truck driver and a school nurse from Buffalo, New York, he currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University and composition at Pasadena City College. Kevin’s creative work explores complex characters who earnestly strive to catch their angels while their demons chomp at their heels. He currently is an Artistic & Technical Mentor for the ShakeMeUp: International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival, spearheaded by the Prague Shakespeare Company in the Czech Republic. Kevin recently published an article in Hollywood North Magazine on sustainable filmmaking. He will be speaking about the topic at the media panel of the conference.

Register here:
Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) Inaugural International Conference

Moving Forward: Where is the Journalist in Social Media?
SpringHill Suites Downtown Denver
Metropolitan State University
Denver, Colorado USA

June 27-28, 2017

Call for Papers:

In the current political climate, the constructions of celebrity leaders and popular forms of mediated truths, especially with the recent "fake" internet news, have raised questions about journalism. Tabloid and other forms of popular journalism use narrative devices of gossip, rumor and scandals while many news media have abandoned facts and intelligent analysis in favor of spectacular outrage and incivility, both situations acting as testaments to the lack of informed opinions. Although scholars and journalists work together during news reporting, investigations/documentaries, and on other issues that are covered by news media, scholars are often confined to academic research and disconnected from the realities faced by journalists. Can citizen journalists and journalism scholars help move forward with progressive research and practice? What are the qualifications and definitions of a ‘journalist?’  Is this someone who is employed professionally - or someone who has received an academic certification (degree) to be qualified?  Or can anyone today be a journalist?

Citizen participation has been seen as essential in the democratic processes of production, distribution, and reception of news. Online participatory media such as blogs, comments and videos offer a democratic platform for the expression of alternative ideas that may otherwise be filtered by traditional journalism. Yet, citizen journalists need critical media literacy that is often lost in the lure of visibility.  How can journalism scholars creatively and critically engage citizen journalists in the dissemination of their research, informed opinions and cultural productions?

The Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE), in association with sponsors Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) and WaterHill Publishing, invites academics, journalists, publicists, producers and guests to attend, speak and collaborate at the inaugural international conference Moving Forward: Where is the Journalist in Social Media? Join us in Denver, Colorado where the conference will uniquely combine vibrant roundtable and media workshop panels in a collaborative network.

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive ranging from interdisciplinary academic scholars to practitioners involved in all areas of print, broadcast and online journalism. Working papers and media productions will be considered for the conference.
Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in an edited book.

Registration includes: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening receptions, complimentary evening drinks, consideration for publication.

Submission guidelines:

  • 250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
  • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
  • Submit to conference Chair Dr William Huddy at email address:
  • Deadline for abstract submission: February 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Full registration deadline: May 30, 2017
  • Conference reception and presentations: June 23-24, 2017
Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Communication
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Television and Radio
  • Social Media
  • Informed Opinions
  • Infomercials
  • Advertisement
  • Publicity and Promotion
  • News
  • Interviews
  • Audience
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Environment and species
  • Class
  • Fiction
  • Genre
  • Biography
  • Theory and Methods
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Cognition
  • Media Literacy
  • Education and Advocacy
  • International Relations
  • Business and Community Partnerships 

    Conference Webpage:
    Conference Twitter @esicore #MF2017
    Committee Members: Josh Nathan and Ngoma Evelyn Moghalu
    Conference Chair: William Huddy

    Dr. William Huddy earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Denver (2012).  Prior to academia, Huddy worked as a journalist and anchored television newscasts in Colorado Springs, Colorado, El Paso, Texas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Fort Myers, Florida. He’s a Past-President (2007) of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association, and an active member of the National Communication Association since 2001.  He teaches Political and Campaign Communication, Communication Research and Theory Building, Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking at Metropolitan State University of Denver (since 2013), with a research focus on student engagement and communication activism.  His most recent publication came from the Sept. 2-3, 2015 Center for Media and Celebrity Studies Conference presentation of his paper, “Corporate Colonization and the Myth of Authentic Journalism.”




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