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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
55th 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 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 Shrivastava
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




We have less than a month for the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 6th international conference “Bridging Gaps: National Identity in Persona, Branding and Activism” in Perth, Australia! We are looking forward to Sean Redmond’s keynote and our delegates’ outstanding research in media & celebrity studies on December 8-10. Thanks to our chairs Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam. Our thanks also go to the University of Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, Tourism Western Australia and Perth Convention Bureau for their support. Access the conference program & guest registration information here: 

Earlier this week, CMCS keynote speaker David P. Marshall presented “Promotional Culture and the New Persona” at University of Western Ontario in Canada. We highly recommend reading his latest research here: Previously this month, he also presented “From Celebrity to Persona Studies” at University of British Columbia in Canada. You can access his presentation here: 

If you missed our LA and NYC conferences this year, you can still view selected research presentations on Celebrity Chat, which is always a great opportunity to present video essays and interviews. In Season 3, Episode 5, CMCS LA conference prize winner Bernardo Palau sheds light on the aesthetics of online videos and much needed change required in film and media industries: Special thanks to Nicole Bojko for the interview. 

CMCS member & LSE PhD candidate Winnie M. Li draws on the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood film industry and published her personal story in The Guardian. Read her op-ed here:  

Check out more updates and join our conversations on Twitter @celeb_studies

Hope you are having a great start to the weekend!  Highlights of latest CMCS  conversations and views are now here: Links to the latest Calls for Papers are below. 
Samita Nandy @famecritic
CMCS Founder & Director



From Professor Louise Bethlehem, Department of English & Program in Cultural Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Interdisciplinary Workshop

"Celebrity and Protest in Africa and in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle"
29-31 October, 2018, University of Copenhagen

Deadline for Submissions: November 30 2017

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Prof. Lisa Ann Richey, Roskilde University, Denmark
Prof. Louise Bethlehem, The European Research Council Project APARTHEID-STOPS

The European Research Council Project APARTHEID-STOPS, “The Perception of Apartheid in Western Europe 1960-1990” Research Cluster, and the Centre of African Studies of the University of Copenhagen, invite submissions to an interdisciplinary research workshop focusing on the role of celebrities and celebrity culture in the anti-apartheid struggle, as well as on celebrity culture in relation to solidarity with or within Africa more generally. 

Through circulating papers in advance, and through limiting the number of participants, we aim to provide a space for in-depth and exploratory discussions on the roles that celebrities have played in generating protest against the apartheid regime and creating solidarity with oppressed South Africans and with Africa more widely.  

In contrast to the resolutely Northern or metropolitan orientation of the existing scholarship on celebrity culture and political protest, we seek to broaden the conversation both in terms of location and the range of topics. So for example, we ask how developments in mass media, travel and information technology as well as technologies of circulation intersected with celebrity engagement in the anti-apartheid struggle as a particularly intense arena of engagement. 

In addition to scholarship focusing on celebrities from the entertainment industry, we invite proposals that adopt a broader perspective that also consider politicians, clergymen, journalists and activists as celebrities, even if at a different level of resolution. We welcome papers that examine both celebrated figures who harnessed their star power to the cause, as well as those whose work in the struggle against apartheid turned them into celebrities. 

Although the neoliberal narrative of celebrity prevalent today pivots around the achievements of singular individuals, we aim to open the discussion to more networked stories of collaboration and solidarity. We ask presenters to consider the international and transnational networks and institutions that underpin celebrity protest and solidarity. Thus presenters are encouraged to think about African, Asian, Soviet, and non-Western celebrities and their investment in or contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. 

What can be said of the temporality of these engagements? Is there room to challenge the established chronology of celebrity and humanitarian celebrity-advocacy as only becoming widespread from the 1980s onwards? Lastly, we also seek to solicit papers that explore the more conflicted nature of celebrity involvement: Did celebrities from the North (or elsewhere) succeed in their quest to draw attention to the social evils of apartheid or did they divert attention from the daily acts of violence and suffering of the constituencies they sought to represent by focusing attention on themselves as individuals? Did this take agency away from activists on the ground and silence voices from the South?  

While the focus on South Africa and anti-apartheid struggles remains primary to the conference, and is acknowledged as a particularly powerful case-history, the intention is also to open the conversation to include perspectives on celebrity and solidarity from broader Africa-related experiences. In this regard, a specific panel is planned that would explore experiences of celebrities’ engagements with Africa-focused concerns, be these related to key humanitarian, development or political/rights-based issues. Here too, we seek to address the various kinds of celebrity engagements and their consequences for different solidarity movements and for the causes and contexts these movements aimed to affect, including domestic politics more broadly conceived. 

We also invite contributions to a Special Issue of the journal Critical Arts on "Celebrity and Protest in the Anti Apartheid Struggle." For more details follow this link:


From UT Dallas Graduate Student Senator Diana Miller

University of Texas at Dallas
Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association
February 24, 2018
Theme: Negotiating Tragedy
Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Karen Kelsky, “The Professor is In”

The Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association of the University of Texas at Dallas will hold its tenth annual graduate symposium on February 24th at the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, TX. The RAW: Research, Art, Writing conference is organized by and for graduate students, and offers an opportunity for student scholars around the world to share their work and ideas with their peers across the humanities disciplines.

What is the role of art in tragedy? We seek understanding and the ability to cope by channeling frustration, confusion, chaos, and anger into paintings, poetry, and works of fiction. Capturing tragedy on film, be it a still image which isolates a moment in the midst of a mass shooting, or a documentary that attempts to piece together a war we still do not understand, helps us to observe from a safe distance while aligning ourselves with those who were directly impacted. Historical studies of colonialism, the Holocaust, the Stalinist purges, World War I, World War II, and the Long Civil Rights Movement, to name only a very few events, are crucial to our ability to comprehend, and eventually move forward as a global society. On a more individual level, everyday personal tragedies of abuse, depression, drug addiction, and homelessness are all consuming.

How do we negotiate tragedy? In the words of Robert Frost, “I can see no way out but through.” As academics, we must persist in our studies to achieve a higher level of understanding, to cut a path through the tragic, and lead others out.
We invite abstracts for individual presentations, as well as fully constructed panels (3-4 speakers) that address all aspects of negotiating tragedy.

Suggestions for presentations and panels include, but are certainly not limited to:

•    Anti-semitism/the Holocaust
•    Philosophy and tragedy
•    The Long Civil Rights Movement
•    Coping with tragedy through sci-fi and fantasy films
•    Creative writing (fiction or poetry)
•    Scientific progress through tragedy
•    Music and tragedy
•    Shakespeare’s tragedies
•    Greek tragedy
•    The tragic artist
•    Tragedy and comedy
•    The aftermath of fear (consumerism, baby-booms)
•    Visual arts
•    Digital media
•    Documentary films

In an effort to support graduate student scholars, we will be hosting a virtual workshop during the conference with Karen Kelsky, the Founder and President of “The Professor Is In.” Our workshop will focus on how graduate students can complete the transition from student to scholar. Karen Kelsky is known internationally for her lectures, workshops, and one-on-one assistance available for Ph.D. students entering their careers. You can learn more about Karen Kelsky at:

Proposals are due by December 1st, 2017. Full-panel proposals will be given priority. All proposals must follow the below guidelines:

•    Complete mailing addresses, e-mail, phone number
•    An abstract of no more than 200 words, including 3 to 5 key words
•    Visual art presentations must include medium
•    Panel proposals must also include: Proposal for overall panel in addition to 200 word abstract for each individual participant

All submissions should be sent to

Notification of acceptance will be provided by December 15, 2017



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