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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry Vol. 17






Dear CMCS members:
It has been over 7 weeks since we held our conference in New York City yet Celebrity Chat continues to receive exceptional responses! Our interview with roundtable panelist Veronica Grey, who was featured for her work with celebrity activist Leonardo DiCaprio, is now available at the following link: Watch the video, post it on social media, and share your reflections with us. We would love to continue the conversation with you!
We are honoured to let you know that Dr Celia Lam has joined the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies as an Advisory Board member and media expert. Dr Lam is a lecturer in digital media at Notre Dame University in Sydney.  Her Celebrity Chat interview with Associate Professor John Rees can be viewed here:
We are also pleased to announce that we will soon be releasing the CFP for the 2016 CMCS Bridging Gaps conference to be held in Barcelona. 
Our associate press WaterHill Publishing has released its CFP for the inaugural issue of open-access journal CrossBridge. Open-access fees for editors of special issues will be waived. Visit  to read the submission guidelines.
In other news, CMCS Advisory board member, media spokesperson & The Save Movement founder Dr Anita Krajnc has been featured in UK’s Metro, Canada’s Halton Insider TV news and Huffington Post.  Previously she was featured on CTV national news for CMCS developments in celebrity activism. Details on her latest news can be found along with updates on conferences, seminars, workshops, publications, and past events below.
CMCS is an international network that coordinates academic research and media relations in celebrity studies. If you would like to collaborate, have new ideas, or wish to share your work with our vibrant community, let us know. Drop us a line at Also, follow us and join our conversations on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. In case you are not on Twitter, visit the following link to read our latest posts and conversations:

We are proud of your contributions and looking forward to supporting the progress of your work. Have a wonderful weekend!
Dr Samita Nandy & Dr Jackie Raphael
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)

Featured News and Upcoming Events
CFP 3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference: Authenticating Celebrity

June 28-30, 2016
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Routledge, Celebrity Studies Journal, and the University of Amsterdam are pleased to announce the third Celebrity Studies conference. The conference will take place in Amsterdam, June 28th-30th, and will be organized by Gaston Franssen, James Bennett, Hannah Hamad, Su Holmes, and Sean Redmond.

The 3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference will be themed on the question of 'Authenticating Celebrity'. This subject will run through our plenaries and form a strand running throughout the conference.

Drawing on the strength of the CSJ editorial team, the conference welcomes submissions from a broad range of disciplines that generate new ways of thinking and understanding celebrity: from film, television, literary, digital media and theatre studies through to psychology, sociology, politics, and business studies.

We invite abstracts for individual 20-minute papers or pre-constituted panels of 3 x 20-minute papers on any topic related to the conference theme.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

* David Giles, University of Winchester
* Joke Hermes, University of Amsterdam/Inholland University of Applied Sciences
* Jo Littler, City University London
* Alice E. Marwick, Fordham University
* Ginette Vincendeau, King's College London

A Special Issue of the best papers from the conference will be published in Celebrity Studies in 2017. Stipends to help with conference costs will be awarded for the best PhD abstracts submitted.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Celebrity and the experience of authenticity
* Sincerity and stardom
* Committed celebrity
* The phenomenology of fame
* Authenticating celebrity and gender, race, class, ethnicity
* Reality-tv celebrity
* Audience and affect
* Representations of talent and genius
* Fame in virtual reality
* Socializing celebrity
* Online authenticity
* Disingenuous and/or exposed celebrity
* True fans/anti-fans
* Trusting celebrity
* Gossip culture
* Celebrity hoaxes
* Celebrity facts, celebrity fictions
* Sport stars, performance and authenticity
* (In)sincerity and political celebrity
* Memory and celebrity authenticity.
* The will to truth: stories of the celebrity self
* Auto-ethnography and reflections of the real
* Fandom and the search for celebrity authenticity
* Celebrity pilgrimages
* Illness and celebrity
* Marketing authenticity
* Celebrity do-gooders and ambassadors
* Documenting the celebrity
* Rock idols and rebellion

Deadline for abstracts: November 6th, 2015 (250 words, plus a 50 word biography)
Successful abstracts will be notified by: December 11th, 2015

Enquiries/abstracts to:
Call for Celebrity Chat video series
The latest Celebrity Chat with Mike Alvarez has been released! Visit to view his interview with Dr Jackie Raphael. CMCS Celebrity Chat videos are now available here: If you would like to be interviewed, please contact for selection criteria.
CFP for inaugural issue of CrossBridge
An International Journal of Multidisciplinary and Progressive Research
by CMCS associate press WaterHill Publishing
Editor-in-Chief: Robert S. E. Caine, Ph.D.
CrossBridge is an open access, thought provoking peer-reviewed journal. We welcome submissions of original papers on a wide range of topics aligned with WaterHill’s vision “To publish ground-breaking knowledge that enables social progress.”
The name CrossBridge conjures the connecting of ideas, subject areas, and philosophies, bringing together schools of thought not usually viewed as having relevant association or interconnected discourse. The journal’s vision departs the usual solely academic focus to also include practice-based research that enables social progress. As such, we aim at embracing marginalized and often neglected members, ideas, and needs of and for the whole Earth community.
The journal aims at being open and inclusive. We welcome speculative ideas, exploratory practices, position papers, manifestos, as well as traditional academic papers from both affiliated and independent scholars, students, practitioners, activists, and artists.
Submission guidelines:
We seek original papers that cross disciplinary boundaries and explore linkages and synergies between academia/theory and social/personal realities. We are particularly interested in papers that not only study or theorize issues but that also propose solutions. Progressive and innovative practices, opinions, theories, and methodologies are also welcome. Papers should be engaging and inspiring; avoid using a purely academic style and discipline specific language since the journal reaches readers with a wide variety of backgrounds.
Submit your work in the format and follow the instructions found here:
Here is a list of submissions types we are seeking:
a. short research papers: 1800-2000 words main text plus abstract and references (the paper must fit within 4-7 pages of the template)
b. long research papers: 2500-4500 words main text plus abstract and references (the paper should fit within 8-12 pages of the template).
c. opinions or essays (similar to Op-Eds in a newspaper): 400-1200 words, no abstract, no references required but they can be included if needed, either as footnotes or in the format specified in the template.
d. columns (more regular contributions from our editorial team or from external contributors): 250-1000 words, no abstract, no reference.
e. book reviews (450 words maximum; each review should fit within one half to one page of the template)
f. creative writing pieces (poetry, short story, etc.) of no more than 1-3 pages of the template (450-1300 words maximum)
g. art (photography, paintings, sculpture, videos, music, etc.). We obviously can only publish photographs of paintings and sculptures.
h. video pieces such as interviews, talks, documentary etc. of no more than 15 minutes
Submit by email to:
Your submission must be a MS Word file attachment (doc or docx) or a link in the case of videos and music files. In the email itself, provide: a highlight of the main ideas/arguments or general description of your work, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable. Also state the type of work you are submitting, as per the list above: opinion, long paper, book review, column, etc. and expected word count.
Important note:
CrossBridge is an Open Access journal, giving your work greater visibility and more efficient distribution. To help cover editorial, production and hosting costs, authors of accepted papers are required to pay a publication fee of CAD$60 before final production begins. The fee is CAD$30 for creative writing, art, and videos (per piece).
All written work submitted must be original and exclusive to WaterHill (this means the author cannot publish or post the work elsewhere, including his/her website or a blog). Authors must sign a copyright form ( There are a few exceptions to this rule: music and videos and in some cases photographs must be hosted by the author. We will post a link on the journal website to the author’s content. The content must be accessible directly (no login) and for free.
Media Coverage

CMCS Advisory board member, media spokesperson & founder of the growing international The Save Movement Dr Anita Krajnc has been featured in UK’s Metro, Canada’s Halton Insider television news, and Huffington Post for her outstanding contributions to non-human animals. Her video has reached over 200,000 views. Here are the links to read her latest news:
Huffington Post:
Book Release
Professor David Marshall and Associate Professor Sean Redmond published A Companion to Celebrity. Pre-order here.

CMCS board member Dr Robert S. Caine published groundbreaking book Teaching Compassion for higher education professionals and secondary school educators as well. More information about the books is available
here. His previous book Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society, co-edited by CMCS board members Dr Hilary Wheaton and Dr Louis Massey, can be ordered here.
Past events:
Media Skills Training Workshop at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University
CMCS offered a 3-hour media skills training workshop at the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) this September 27. For more info, visit:
“Seeing Stars: Interviews, News and Film History” at University of Winchester
Women in Film and TV launched Northern Network at University of Salford 
Social journalism info session at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
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. 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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