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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
36th 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




We are thrilled to announce Dr Nancy Yuen will be offering an exclusive talk on her upcoming book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (Rutgers University Press) at the 2017 CMCS conference “Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?” on March 18, 2016. Reviews of the book are given in the latest
press release.

Extended deadline for the conference abstract submissions is November 4, 2016

Hosted at University of Southern California (USC), the conference also features key media speakers:

Dr. Nancy Wang Yuen
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Sociology at Biola University, California
Dr. Vanessa Diaz
Faculty, Department of Communication at Cal State Fullerton
Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles
Kevin Del Principe
Lecturer, School of Film and Television
Loyola Marymount University (LMU), California
Please see the Call for Papers section below for more details and for other conferences.

I would also like to mention our Inaugural Bridging Gaps Chat Event. On October 13, we had a powerful, eye-opening conversation on social justice issues in Hollywood. If you missed the chat, you can access and follow the issues addressed here.

On behalf of the CMCS board, we look forward to seeing you at the University of Southern California on March 18-19. Reception and complimentary drinks for all delegates will be in Los Angeles on March 17 – mark the date on your calendar!

Have a great end to October!


Dr Samita Nandy
Director, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)
Chair, Bridging Gaps (LA 2017)

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is a growing international organization and research network that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture. CMCS carries a pedagogical philosophy that inspires integration of research and media skills training in academic and public discourses of fame.  The centre believes in intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical values of bridging gaps in higher education and media. With this view, CMCS helps coordinating research, publications, creative productions, and media commentaries to restore artistic and ethical acts for social change.

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 4th International Conference
Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?
Performance Café, University of California
Los Angeles, USA

March 17 – 19, 2017

There have been significant debates on gaps between filmmakers and film scholars. Film scholars have been critical of dominant representations that tend to overlook classist, sexist, speciesist and ethnocentric trends in the production of films and star-studded images in Hollywood. Yet, scholarly views in academic writing are not adequately addressed in film production and in journalism. Scholars can address the issues through journalism and moving image practices in which filmmakers are trained. CMCS sponsored Celebrity Chat is an example of this trend. Can a new form of film ‘critic’ be situated in journalistic and scholarly discussions and screenings? Can the critiques become a new form of ‘activism’ that is different yet supports ideals of celebrity activism in Hollywood and beyond?

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps conference, in association with sponsors Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites papers and audiovisual material that explore the relationship among four key themes related to Hollywood – theory, production, criticism, and activism. We invite academics, filmmakers, journalists, publicists, activists, and guests to present and connect cutting-edge research areas from a range of interdisciplinary fields and address social justice issues in moving image practices.

We also invite people to send in videos for the Celebrity Chat Award. The best video/documentary will be selected based on its ability to draw attention to a significant matter, be relevant to the conference theme and inspire change. Extended versions of selected papers will be invited for publication.

Registration includes: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening receptions, complimentary evening drinks, and consideration for publication and the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 screen awards.

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 Samita Nandy at email address:
  • Deadline for abstract submission (extended): November 4, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: December 2, 2016
  • Full text due: February, 17, 2017
  • Conference reception and presentations: March 17-19, 2017
Celebrity Chat Video Submissions:
  • Video length should be 10-20 minutes
  • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
  • Submit to Celebrity Chat producer Dr Jackie Raphael at email address:
  • Deadline for submission (extended): November 4, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: December 2, 2016
  • Conference reception and screenings: March 17-19, 2017
Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Hollywood and non-Hollywood films
  • Mass media and social media
  • Journalism and interviews
  • Public relations, persona and branding
  • Endorsements
  • Social advocacy
  • Celebrity activism
  • Activists as celebrities
  • Human rights and animal rights
  • Environment and climate change
  • Entertainment industry
  • Film, video, and television
  • Cinematic adaptations of novels
  • Photography
  • Glamour and beauty
  • Audiences and fandom
  • Laws and Policies
  • Theory and Methods
  • Research Agenda
  • Business Models
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Cognition and Memory
  • Media Literacy
  • Social Innovation and Change
  • Education and Advocacy
  • Community Building
  • Business and Community Partnerships
Conference Chair: Dr Samita Nandy
Committee Members: Dr Jackie Raphael, Dr Nicole Bojko and Kiera Obbard
Conference URL:
Twitter @celeb_studies #BGCS17

From Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén


Special issue: Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media
Journal: Networking Knowledge, Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate network
Deadline submission: October 27

Guest Editors

Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén, Stockholm University

Natalie Snoyman, Stockholm University.
Since the turn of the 20th century, the film industry has played a key role in the promotion and representation of fashion. Likewise, fashion’s mediated character through newsreels, television, newspapers, magazines, photography, and even paintings has facilitated the study of costume and dress history. Film scholars have dedicated efforts to the study of fashion and film, focusing mostly—but not exclusively—on matters of representation through costume design. Significant contributions from scholars like Jane Gaines (1990), Stella Bruzzi (2012), and Adrienne Munich (2003)—among others—have paved the way for an interdisciplinary approach to study fashion from a film and media perspective, and shaped a multitude of intercultural links between cinema and other media practices. Far from being an exhausted topic, however, the intersections between the fashion and film industries offer a vast potential for historical research that is increasingly becoming of interest to scholars around the globe.

This call for papers seeks to widen the existing research network, gathering articles from postgraduate students and early career researchers from different backgrounds with a dedicated interest in researching the intersections between fashion, film and media, inviting them to present historical case studies that provide an overview of the ways in which these areas of study overlap and intertwine. We will prioritize historical studies based on archival research as a principal methodology. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
  • Product placement of fashion products in films.
  • Representation of fashion in film.
  • Fashion and media practices.
  • Fashion magazines
  • Fashion photography/photographers
  • Fashion in film fan magazines
  • Televised coverage of fashion shows
  • Fashion advertising
  • Histories of leaders and unsung heroes working in the fashion and film industries.
  • Costume designers working off-screen in the creation of fashion.

Abstracts of a maximum of 150 words, 5 keywords and a short biography should be submitted to the guest editors at and by October 27thth, 2016.

Paper Guidelines

Final papers should:
  • Be no more than 6000 words long (including abstract, keywords, references, footnotes).
  • The abstract should be of a maximum of 150 words and 5 keywords.
  • Be as closely as possible match abstract originally submitted and presented.
  • Include a short bibliographical note.
  • Be original and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Include all images at the end of the text.
The paper will undergo double blind peer review. Further style details will be provided once the paper is accepted.

Authors are required to provide proof of permission for use of images etc.

From Sébastien François

CFP: Textual Reception – Exploring Audiences’ Writing Practices from a Gender Perspective (special issue of Genre en séries / Gender in Series)

Deadline for submissions:
November 30, 2016

Full name / name of organization:
Labex ICCA / IRCAV (Université Paris 3)

Contact email:

Whether through fan mail sent to celebrities and the popular press, critical pieces, derivative narratives such as fan fictions and other outlets, media audiences have often chosen writing as a privileged way to extend their experiences of reception. In very different contexts indeed, individuals have written about the cultural objects they loved or execrated, using various media to express themselves. If preserved and accessible, all these texts can reveal a lot about their authors, but also about the composition and structure of the audiences they belong or have belonged to. Above all, they are spaces in which the making of gendered identities and relationships within these audiences can be observed, providing scholars valuable resources to study media reception from a gender perspective.

This special issue of Gender in Series aims to gather works dedicated to the analysis of audience’s writing practices through the lens of gender, broadly speaking, to illuminate both the media cultures and the social discourses produced by these specific audiences. Previous works have already showed how “ordinary”, “domestic” or “fan” writings may be highly gendered and researchers are therefore invited to provide new case studies. Contributions that focus on the writers’ profiles, their writing and, if applicable, publishing conditions, are particularly encouraged, as well as those interested in the social meanings and uses of audience’s texts from individual or collective perspectives. In the line of works that have explored the relation between reading and gender or the construction of identities through mass media, it seems essential to understand how these writings can be means of self-presentation or how they convey ideological representations and determinations about gender. It is all the more important since they are inspired by cultural contents which are themselves embedded within social and gendered norms. Besides, as writing forms continue to have a central role – offline and online – in reception practices, this special issue also welcomes comparative works establishing bridges between different kinds of writing materials or between heterogeneous eras or contexts: identifying the proximities or ruptures within forms of textual reception will be helpful to discuss how media cultures and gender issues interact and how these interactions may change in time.

Contributors should feel free to focus on any type of written textual reception, whatever its content (correspondence, commentary, fiction, etc.) or media (paper, digital, etc.), and whether the texts were supposed to be publicly released or to remain in the private sphere. This special issue wishes to address textual reception in its diversity: articles may deal with objects of affection (or disgust) from literary, musical and audiovisual fields or deal with celebrities related to arts, sports or even politics. Proposals from any of the different social sciences (sociology, history, film and television studies, cultural and media studies, etc.) will be considered, provided the analysis is based on empirical material, derived from archives, ethnographic research and/or digital research. Articles may deal with the most involved amateurs, such as “fans”, but may also focus on more “ordinary” cultural consumers, as long as they have taken a pen or a keyboard to express themselves. Finally, even if studies about writings produced between the end of the nineteenth to the twenty-first century are preferred, more comparative works or approaches relying on older writings will, when appropriate, be taken into account.
Full CFP (with additional research directions, references, and practical information):
(suggested references:

CFP in French:…

Abstracts should be sent to the coordinators of this special issue:
– Sébastien François:
– Thomas Pillard:

Important dates:

– Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2016
– Notification of acceptance or rejection: December 15, 2016
– Reception of full papers: March 1, 2017
– Reviews sent to authors: May 2017
– Reception of final articles: September 1, 2017
– Online publication: Fall 2017


Inaugural Bridging Gaps Chat Event

On October 13, we had a powerful, eye-opening conversation on social justice issues in Hollywood. If you missed the chat, you can access and follow the issues addressed here:



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