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Happy New Year! 2022 started on a bright note with CMCS member, art historian, and performance studies scholar Will Visconti’s book Beyond the Moulin Rouge: The Life and Legacy of La Goulue As seen in the publication, La Goulue rose to fame as a Parisian cancan dancer, but more crucially, successfully reinvented herself in other entertainment forms. She bridged gaps between transgressive sexuality, celebrity, and standing up for animals, and has been posthumously identified as a feminist trailblazer. Her work has been highly inspiring for restoring biographical details within and beyond tabloids at CMCS conferences, publications, and interviews. For media inquiries, read the press release for the book Beyond the Moulin Rouge: The Life and Legacy of La Goulue (below). More about Visconti’s work is published in the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, edited by CMCS editors Kiera Obbard and Sabrina Moro: (Intellect Books)

In the spirit of bridging gaps, the Centre for Media & Celebrity Studies is now offering a CMCS Wall of Fame film festival. Huge thanks to Stage 32, partnered with Netflix, and more for supporting one of our final awards. We are excited to see who will win the festival laurel this year! Many thanks to FilmFreeway that features Hollywood film festivals also. Read more on how to participate at the festival:  
On this particular note, I want to invite you to our virtual festival launch event and debut film screening on Saturday, January 22, at 12:30 pm EST!

Our screening will celebrate the premiere of our first European theatrical release of the film O Derradeiro Passo” / “The Last Step (2021) that explores social issues in the arts and entertainment industry often overlooked in fame. Special thanks to film director Hussene Keshavjee and actor João Lopes. Also, special thanks to guests Andrea Marshall, Evie Psarras, George Tsouris. and Casey Llyod for joining our debut screening. 
Saturday, January 22 at 12:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm GMT
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Our event will also celebrate the publication of Evie Pssaras’ media interviews in Dame magazine and Yahoo! Entertainment 

During the holiday season, Toronto’s Global News also featured my views on “celebrity death” in media and celebrity studies – now archived here

In other news, actor Casey Llyod launched his educational podcast on acting. If you are interested in film / TV actors and their artistic processes, listen to Casey Lloyd Empowers Actors on Apple Podcasts. Also, if you love fiction, listen to the creative processes of writers and performing artists Georgia Hertz and Claire Hazel. Hazel released her 3rd novel that navigates the everyday life of an actress beyond the mythology and inspirations of the Golden era Hollywood stardom in a personal and touching way. 
That’s all for now! I am looking forward to celebrating our year-long contributions with you at our event on January 22 at 12:30 pm EST! In the meantime, join our conversations on Twitter @celeb_studies & IG cmcs_media – we’d love to hear from you! I am also planning a monthly "happy hour" so members can connect, so stay tuned for its exciting announcement in the next edition.
See you soon!
Samita Nandy
Director, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies
Twitter: famecritic | IG samitanandyofficial

From Virginia University Press
Contact: Emily Grandstaff
434-982-2932 |
“Will Visconti presents new facts about the life of Louise Weber, searches for the truth behind the myths, and locates her as a woman taking charge of her own image and career, all of which is welcome in a broadly feminist context that pays attention to women’s overlooked contributions to the arts and entertainment.” —Melanie C. Hawthorne, Texas A&M University, author of Women, Citizenship, and Sexuality: The Transnational Lives of Renée Vivien, Romaine Brooks, and Natalie Barney
The Life and Legacy of La Goulue
Best known by her stage name, La Goulue (the Glutton), Louise Weber was one of the biggest stars of fin de siècle Paris, renowned as a cancan dancer at the Moulin Rouge. The subject of numerous paintings and photographs, she became an iconic figure of modern art. Her life, however, has consistently been misrepresented and reduced to a footnote in the stories of men such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Where most accounts dismiss her rise and fall as brief and rapid, the truth is that her career as a performer spanned five decades, during which La Goulue constantly reinvented herself—as a dancer, animal tamer, sideshow performer, and muse of photographers, painters, sculptors, and filmmakers.
The first substantive English-language study of La Goulue’s career and posthumous influence, BEYOND THE MOULIN ROUGE corrects these persistent myths. Despite a tumultuous personal life, La Goulue overcame loss, abusive relationships, and poverty to become the very embodiment of nineteenth-century Paris, fêted by royalty and followed as closely as any politician or monarch. Will Visconti draws on previously overlooked materials, including medical records, media reports across Europe and the United States, and surviving pages from Louise Weber’s diary, to trace the life and impact of a woman whose cultural significance has been ignored in favor of the men around her, and who spent her life upending assumptions about gender, morality, and domesticity in France during the fin de siècle and early twentieth century.
Will Visconti teaches Art History at the University of Sydney and the Workers' Educational Association, NSW. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Publication Date: January 2022
304 pages, 6 x 9; 11 b&w illustrations, 1 map
$35.00 ISBN 978-0-8139-4681-8 | $115.00 ISBN 978-0-8139-4680-1 | Ebook available


Ethical Fashion and Glamour: Styling and Branding the Persona

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism 
and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies 

Celebrity Studies 

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Persona Studies: An Introduction

Personas and Places

Fame in Hollywood North 

Popular Culture & the Intellectual 

Becoming Media Critics

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society


Teaching Compassion

Media Experts

Prof. P. David Marshall

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr. Basuli Deb

Dr Jackie Raphael 

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Dr Ian Dixon
Dr Jacque L. Foltyn
 Douglas Machado
Dr Mira Moshe
 Hilary Wheaton
Sutikshya Mallick

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 Samita Nandy 

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Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
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Dr William Huddy
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Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Will Visconti 

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