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Hope 2021 started well and safe.
We are excited to invite you to a critical event, “Can a Celebrity Get You to Watch Dominion” (Sunday, January 31-Feb 7). Also, read the call for an anthology Grace Jones: Post-Colonial. Cosmopolitan. Icon (January 31) and join Hollywood’s A Star Is Born: Melodramatic Celebrity and the Stardom Film (February 25).
Special thanks to Earthlings film production team, Anita KrajncSonjah N. Stanley Niaah, and Karen McNally for outstanding contributions and sharing updates in the field of media and celebrity studies. Share the detailed information below, keep an eye out for calls for interviews, and join our critical and open conversations – not to be missed!

“Can a Celebrity Get You to Watch Dominion? 
From Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) and
Animal Save Movement (ASM)

Theme: Celebrity activism & animal consciousness 
Sunday, January 31 
9 am PDT / 12 pm EST / 5 pm GMT / 10:30 pm IST
- with best-selling author & Emmy-award winning TV journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell from CNN, Dr Phil, and Celebrity Justice; Ace Engholm - Mrs World - Sweden; and Patrick Dinkfeld, fashion photographer and founder of LoveLight Model Agency in Los Angeles
February 7, 2021
 8:30 am PDT / 11:30 am EST / 4:30 pm GMT / 10 pm IST

- with CMCS board member & celebrity activist Anita Krajnc and Indian actress Sadha Sayed

Join 338,748 members at Animal Save Movement for the live broadcast coming up.

A huge thanks to my co-host, CMCS panelist, and ASM member Mary Fantaske for facilitating the talk series. 

Meanwhile, check out our opening talk with vegan celebrity & American Idol contestant Amy-Jean Davis, independent actress Aprajita Ashish, and 2x Mount Everest climber Kuntal Joisher in our opening session last week: 

For updates on the upcoming talks, register:


From Sonjah N. Stanley Niaah
Deadline: Sunday, January 31

Grace Jones: Post-Colonial. Cosmopolitan. Icon.

Call for Papers:

Iconic Grace Jones - supermodel, songwriter, singer, record producer, actress and author - theatrically embodies intersectional identity politics.  Long before Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the word intersectionality in 1989, Jones was performing a disruptive post-colonial politics that still engenders controversy around gender, sonicity sexuality, race and class. Coming of age in the early years of Jamaican Independence, Jones contested the limiting definitions of working-class black female identity in an essentially neo-colonial society.  Raised in a Fundamentalist Christian home, Jones also broke the repressive religious bonds that constrained her. Assuming the persona of androgynous sex symbol, Jones epitomises liberation from multiple oppressions.  This anthology aims to explore Grace Jones's stellar, multimodal performance of identity in fashion, music and film, with particular focus on the transgressive and the post-colonial.  

Grace Jones's avant-garde work has been wide-ranging and distinctive, and we welcome a variety of approaches.  

Topics for papers can include, but are not limited to the following: 

• Grace Jones as Jamaican/Caribbean figure
• Grace Jones's music (any specific album or track or collaboration) 
• Grace Jones' Performance Aesthetic
• Grace Jones as Exemplary of International, Cosmopolitan Influence
• Blackness, Grace Jones and the Place of Africa
• Gender Politics and Grace Jones
• Grace Jones as Post-colonial Icon
• Grace Jones' style/fashion
• Grace Jones' and Queering Identity
• Film and the Image of Grace Jones 
• The Globalisation of Grace Jones
• Grace Jones, Transgression, and Identity Politics
• The Enduring Influence of Grace Jones in Music, Fashion, Film, Photography, Performance and/or Art

This anthology is slated for publication in the Sound Culture Series at The Press, UWI.  Contributions must be between 3000 and 6000 words and formatted in accordance with UWI Press style, found here:

Please ensure that the formatting guidelines are carefully applied. 

The submission deadline for abstracts is December 31, 2020 and the deadline for full papers is January 31, 2021. Email all submissions to Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah at

Feel free to share widely within your networks.

Sonjah N. Stanley Niaah | Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Cultural Studies
& Head, Institute of Caribbean Studies & Reggae Studies Unit, UWI Mona Campus

Member, International Scientific Committee
UNESCO, Slave Route Project

Senior Research Associate
Department of Fine Art
Rhodes University, South Africa

From Karen McNally

Talks by Professor Mandy Merck and Dr Karen McNally on stardom and genre in the A Star Is Born films followed by Q&A.
Thursday 25 February from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (UK time)

We invite you to join us virtually for talks by Professor Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway University) and Dr Karen McNally (London Metropolitan University) on stardom and genre in A Star Is Born. The event is hosted by the Media, Culture and Creative Technologies Research Group at London Metropolitan University.

A Star Is Born relates such an essential tale of stardom that Hollywood has produced its narrative four times, from its two versions framed around movie stardom (1937 and 1954) to its more recent depictions of stardom in the rock and pop worlds (1976 and 2018). Its closely-related predecessor What Price Hollywood (1932), and the impact of performers including Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga on readings of A Star Is Born only reinforce the significance of the films’ representation of stardom and celebrity as a central idea in modern culture.

In illustrated talks Professor Mandy Merck and Dr Karen McNally will draw on their recently published books on stardom in the movies to discuss the various Hollywood versions of A Star Is Born in the context of the histories of melodrama and stardom narratives. The event will be chaired by Professor Jenny Harding (London Metropolitan University) and followed by an audience Q&A.

Professor Mandy Merck is Professor Emerita of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London and the author of Cinema’s Melodramatic Celebrity: Film, Fame and Personal Worth (BFI, 2020). Her books include Perversions: Deviant Readings, In Your Face: Nine Sexual Studies, The Art of Tracy Emin, Hollywood’s American Tragedies and The British Monarchy on Screen.

Dr Karen McNally is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at London Metropolitan University and the author of The Stardom Film: Creating the Hollywood Fairy Tale (Wallflower Press, 2020). She is also the author of When Frankie Went to Hollywood: Frank Sinatra and American Male Identity, the editor of Billy Wilder, Movie Maker: Critical Essays on the Films and co-editor of The Legacy of Mad Men: Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television.
Registration is required in order to access the event and spaces are limited.
Register: Hollywood’s A Star Is Born: Melodramatic Celebrity and the Stardom Film Tickets, Thu 25 Feb 2021 at 18:00 | Eventbrite
We look forward to seeing you soon and starting 2021 with groundbreaking views and contributions!

Best regards,

Samita Nandy
Director, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies 
Twitter @celeb_studies
Instagram @cmcs_media


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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 L. Foltyn
 Douglas Machado
Dr Mira Moshe
 Hilary Wheaton
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

Editorial Board

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

Kiera Obbard
Georgia Hertz
Christine Bode
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