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Dear CMCS Members,

Hope the last week of April is going well for all! May is coming with two empowering conferences that are highly recommended for career development:

Speakers include 25 PhDs from a variety of fields including communication, marketing, public relations, social media, engineering, ethnomusicology, genetics, German and more!

Explore career options, ask questions of working professionals, learn skills and connect to help you in your non-academic job search.
More details and a link to register at

  • Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society
    Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)
    May 27-28, 2015
    Ryerson University, Canada

This conference is filled up, but we still have spots left for our media workshop.  The workshop will be beneficial to scholars, students and professionals considering informed opinions in media.

The workshop titled ‘
Scholars as Critics’ will take place at Oakham House (55 Gould St, Toronto) on Wednesday, May 27 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. 

Attendees must select Option C in the registration area

For inquires, send an email to

We are looking forward to seeing you at both Beyond the Professoriate and Bridging Gaps next month! 

In the meantime, check out featured publications and current calls by associates below.


Dr Samita Nandy and Board
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)


Featured Publications and Call for Papers

From Claire Spence (Taylor & Francis Group)

Routledge is very proud to present the Media Focus collection, a series of carefully selected articles examining the impact of various elements of modern culture. Part one investigates the influence, power and reach of Celebrities.

In a world where Twitter, Instagram and gossip blogs instantly inform us of the whereabouts and what’s happenings of celebrities we look at the impact of Celebrity. The first element in our Media Focus collection will examine the various facets of celebrity culture.

Which celebrities have used their influence for humanitarian causes? How fleeting is celebrity? Which celebrities have capitalised on their fifteen minutes? Find the answers below.


    Edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin J. Power. Published by Routledge. 
David Bowie: Critical Perspectives examines in detail the many layers of one of the most intriguing and influential icons in popular culture. This interdisciplinary book brings together established and emerging scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds, including musicology, sociology, art history, literary theory, philosophy, politics, film studies and media studies. Bowie’s complexity as a singer, songwriter, producer, performer, actor and artist demands that any critical engagement with his overall work must be interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in its scope. The chapters are organised around the key themes of ‘textualities’, ‘psychologies’, ‘orientalisms’, ‘art and agency’ and ‘performing and influencing’ in Bowie’s work. This comprehensive book contributes a great deal to the study of popular music, performance, gender, religion, popular media and celebrity.

Introduction: Where Are We Now? Contemporary Scholarship on David Bowie Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin J. Power Part 1: Assemblages 1. David Bowie is. Kathryn Johnson 2. In this Age of Grand Allusion: Bowie, Nihilism, and Meaning Richard Fitch 3. Culminating Sounds and (En)visions: A Critical Reading of Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes.” Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane, and Martin J. Power Part 2: Subjectivities 4. Turn Myself to Face Me: David Bowie in the 1990s and the Discovery of the Authentic Self Bethany Usher and Stephanie Fremaux 5. ‘Crashing Out with Sylvian’: David Bowie, Carl Jung and the Unconscious Tanja Stark 6.Dear Dr. Freud: David Bowie Hits the Couch (A Psychoanalytical Approach) Ana Leone Part 3: Orientalisms 7.Moss Garden: David Bowie and Japonism in Fashion in the 1970s Helene Thian 8. Reconsidering Bowie in the 1980s: The Case for China Girl Shelton Waldrep 9.Embodying Stardom, Representing Otherness: David Bowie in ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ Mehdi Derfoufi Part 4: Agencies 10. Art’s Filthy Lesson Tiffany Naiman 11. Authorship, Agency, and Visual Analysis: Reading (some) Bowie Album Covers Ian Chapman 12. Revisiting Bowie’s Berlin David Buckley Part 5: Alterities 13. David Bowie: The Extraordinary Rock Star as Film Star Julie LobalzoWright 14. The (becoming-wo)Man Who Fell to Earth Dene October 15. Out of this World: Ziggy Stardust and the Spatial Interplay of Lyrics, Vocals, and Performance Barish Ali and Heidi Wallace Part 6: Affinities 16. David Bowie Now and Then: Questions of Fandom and Late Style Nick Stevenson 17. How Superficial!: David Bowie and the Art of Surfacing in 21st Century Literature Vanessa Garcia

  • A Genre Approach to Celebrity Politics (2015)
    By Nahuel Ribke (Tel Aviv University). Published by Palgrave MacMillan
The study of celebrities has been the focus of several works from two main fields: Cultural Studies and Political Communication. But up until now, such works have produced only fragmented views of links between celebrity culture, the entertainment industries, and the political systems, which this book attempts to transcend. Analyzing the movement of celebrities to politics, this book contributes to a thorough understanding of the links between media industries and the political system, providing tools for grasping the varied ways in which media capital is converted into electoral power. To achieve this goal, Nahuel Ribke has assembled a wide range of data from the United States, Brazil and Israel, providing a complex comparative view of the migration of celebrities to politics, which incorporates a historical and cultural
analysis, an examination of the respective political institutions, as well as an understanding of the impact local cultural industries had on the development of celebrity politics.

Further information available here: 


           · CFP: “Heroes in Popular Culture” MPCA/ACA Conference

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Submit to:
Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in media
-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Heroes in Popular Culture to the Heroes in Popular Culture area,

Any questions? Please email Jef Burnham at,

More information about the conference can be found at

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:

Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector.

Jef Burnham, DePaul University
Visit the website at
From Sarah Taylor-Harman
  • Call For Papers: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
The cinematic release of Jamie Dornan Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) has already garnered speculation, derision and debate equal to its highly controversial source text, E. L. James’ homonymous trilogy. Its alignment with mass media, a predominantly female audience and mainstream cinema make it a concurrently anticipated and abhorred rich contemporary text. Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media thus invites papers which will interrogate this adaptation from a plethora of new perspectives including industry, text and reception analysis.

Focuses may include, but are not limited to:

* Adaptation Studies
* Audience Studies
* Comparative film analyses
* Criticism analyses
* Genre and Formalism
* Fans and Fan-Fiction
* Kink, BDSM and Sexual Politics
* Publicity, promotion and paratexts
* Psychoanalytic textual analysis
* Queer Theory
* Social Networking and the Blogosphere
* Star Studies

Authors are expected to familiarise themselves both with the pre-existing literature on Fifty Shades, and with the submission guidelines available at:

Considering the timeliness of this topic, the deadline for submissions of full 6-8k papers accompanied by 250 word abstracts and 150 word bios is April 30th 2015 for publication this year. Submissions should be emailed to assistant editor Sarah Taylor-Harman at

Inquiries and expressions of interest are also welcomed.

Sarah Taylor-Harman
PhD Candidate, Brunel University Screen Media Research Department
  • Call for Papers – Mediated Autoethnography: Connecting the
    Personal and the Popular
A special issue of The Popular Culture Studies Journal, co-edited by
Jimmie Manning and Tony Adams.

The Popular Culture Studies Journal invites submissions for a 2015 theme
issue that will explore connections between autoethnography and popular
culture. In addition to full-length manuscripts, the editors are also
open to receiving shorter commentaries on method, practice, and/or theory.
Drawing from Carolyn Ellis’s articulation, autoethnography is
scholarship involving “research, writing, story” and a method that
connects “the autobiographical and personal to the cultural, social, and
political” (The Ethnographic I, xix). The personal, cultural, social,
and political elements of autoethnography certainly link to popular
culture. As Herrmann astutely notes, “Popular culture helps us define
who we are, what we believe, and influences whom we befriend” (“Daniel
Amos and Me,” 7). Indeed, people not only connect with popular culture
entities, but they even see themselves in popular culture texts
(Manning, “Finding Yourself in Mad Men”; Stern, “My So-Called Felicity
and the City”).

Ideal manuscripts will make a strong contribution to understanding
social life as it interacts with popular culture; offer meaningful,
complex, and evocative texts that reflexively articulate the author’s
engagement with the writing process; and express an emotional, embodied
sense of personal experience and popular culture. We especially welcome
submissions that contribute to what we hope will be a tapestry of voices
from diverse cultural backgrounds. Possible topics or approaches could
include the following:

-Articulations of how popular culture influenced or was/is an integral
part of meaningful lived experience
-Essays exploring the way identities can be seen or not seen in popular
-Critical inquiries about race, class, gender, or sexuality in popular
-The development or redevelopment of autoethnographic methods for use
with popular culture studies
-Connections between popular culture representations and personal
experiences, especially as they inform theoretical understandings of
identity and/or relationships

Manuscripts should be sent to both special issue editors as a Microsoft
Word document. In line with the journal’s regular submission criteria,
two files should be included. The first file should include a single
title page containing complete contact information (address, phone
number, e-mail address). The second file should also include a title
page with only the article’s title and no author information. The
journal employs a “double blind review” process.

Full-length essays should be less than 25 pages of double-spaced text in
12 pt. Times New Roman font, including all images, endnotes, and Works
Cited pages. Shorter think pieces of 7-12 pages will be accepted for
this special issue only. Research and documentation must adhere to The
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers which requires a Works Cited
list and parenthetical author/page references in the text.

Please send all essays by May 15, 2015 to the editors of this special
issue, Jimmie Manning ( <>) and Tony
Adams ( <>). Questions may also
be directed to those email addresses. ===== General list info and FAQ:
From Margaret Redlich at
  • Call for Papers Midwest Popular Culture Association Annual Conference 2015
October. 1-4
Cincinnati, OH
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015

Bollywood comes to Ohio!

Do you have deep thoughts on Shahrukh Khan?  How about Yo Yo Honey Singh or Balaji soaps?  Or the recent re-imagining of the Mahabharata on TV?  Talks on any and all topics related to Indian popular culture are welcome!  Just submit a brief abstract to the website above.
Please submit abstracts to
If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Redlich at

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international organization and research network that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture and popular arts. 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.

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