CMCS Newsletter Spring 2015 Issue

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Media Experts

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr. Basuli Deb
Prof. P. David Marshall
Dr Hilary Wheaton

Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Nandana Bose
Dr Samita Nandy
Shannon Skinner
Dr Will Visconti






Dear CMCS members,

The year started just four months ago, yet much has happened in such a short period of time. We are fascinated to see the incredible progress in celebrity studies and privileged to open collaborative spaces where our members can connect in person.

We are thrilled to announce the official program of the CMCS inaugural conference
Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society at Ryerson University on 27-28, May 2015.  Access the full program here. The conference is full but few spaces are still available for our professional development workshop ‘Scholars as Critics.’ Register by April 17, 2015 here (select Option C).

CMCS is also now an official partner of the
Feminist Art Conference (FAC) at OCAD University and Lategan Media in Toronto. We are proud of our partnering institutions and look forward to strengthening our research and cultural productions in academia and media.

We would not be able to achieve our vision without the participation of full-time academics, independent scholars and media producers.  We are honored to have Dr Basuli Deb, Assistant Professor of University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Dr Jackie Raphael, Lecturer of Curtin University join our Advisory Board and Media Experts. 

Dr Jackie Raphael is currently launching an innovative video series to feature publications and productions by celebrity studies scholars and media practitioners on an international platform.  Professor David P. Marshall from
Persona, Celebrity, Publics (PCP) research group at Deakin University, Melbourne joined us for the first CMCS video production in Perth. Professor Marshall is now featured as one of our media experts and we are looking forward to sharing his views with you shortly.

Earlier this year, CMCS research was presented by board members Dr Hilary Wheaton and myself at the inaugural Persona Studies Working Papers symposium at Deakin University. I was also pleased to present my latest research on celebrities, persona and selfies as an invited speaker at the Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI) in Covilha, Portugal in March.  Our special thanks go to CMCS member Ana Albuquerque, all research team members of LabCom at UBI, and European FEDER for hosting and funding the event.

Currently, CMCS is featured in Flare and Canada’s no. 1 magazine Chatelaine– now in all newsstands across the country.  Special thanks to Sydney Loney for the excellent coverage.

In other news,
Huffington Post featured CMCS Advisory Board member and Save Movement founder Dr. Anita Krajnc as one of the top 16 people who made a difference in 2014. She is now featured in Toronto Star as well. On behalf of CMCS, I would like to congratulate Dr. Krajnc and encourage all to support her worldwide initiatives.  Her contributions play a strong role in understanding and enabling celebrity activism for human rights, animal rights and environmental sustainability.

Please find below featured publications by associates, forthcoming conferences, current calls, featured publications by members, and past events. CMCS is the only official research network coordinating academic and media relations in celebrity studies. If you would like to collaborate, have ideas or wish to share your work with our growing membership, let us know.

We are proud of your contributions and look forward to supporting the progress of your work.

With best wishes,

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

Featured Publications, Call for Papers and Events

From Dr Jackie Raphael, CMCS Advisory Board Member and IDP Steering Group

Celebrities are “well-known” individuals who either by choice or by chance have achieved renown or infamy outside of personal and professional circles. Despite complaints that celebrities routinely make of the inconveniences of fame, many devote considerable resources to retaining and increasing their visibility, and to crafting their public images. Despite the very public nature of the celebrity, what drives much mass interest in these rarefied individuals is very often their private lives. Personal scandals can wreck (or in some cases, even propel) celebrity success, and avoiding, managing and atoning for scandal consists of a large part of maintaining a career in public. Many celebrities are also astute in utilising private life events such as weddings and childbirth and personal struggles with failure, addiction and romantic disappointment to make their public images more compelling.

The sector of media devoted to covering celebrities’ private lives is a gigantic one, with “candid” photographs of Britney Spears, David Beckham or Justin Bieber fetching huge sums. The romantic lives of well-known star couples, like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (“Kimye”), Ellen DeGeneres and Portia Rossi, and on and off-screen lovers Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame receive ink rivaling their creative outputs. Sport figures like Lance Armstrong and Oscar Pistorius who reap the benefits of their compelling personal stories must also face the abyss of doping scandals and murder charges. The explosion of reality television has introduced a new wrinkle as participants in internationally syndicated shows like The Bachelor, Real Housewives and Big Brother gain tabloid space not for achievements in sports, politics and the arts but for the ways in which they perform versions of their own romantic, domestic and professional lives. Exposing one’s private life appears to be trumping public achievement as a means for achieving renown. This, of course, is not just a Western phenomenon, and well known figures from Asian and African music and cinema equally utilse performances of their private lives to inform their public persona.
Why this obsession with celebrities’ private lives? This question offers a ripe opportunity to investigate the cultural, historical and philosophical categories of public, private, and of celebrity itself. Scholars, artists, fans, writers, lawyers, media professionals, performers, even celebrities are invited to send papers, reports, personal narratives, research studies, works-in-progress, works of art, and workshop proposals on issues related but not limited to the following themes, as they may manifest themselves in multiple historical and geographic locations:

– Paparazzi and the celebrity press, gossip, lifestyle, home shows, articles, and websites
– Celebrity bodies, plastic surgery, weight gain or loss, death and dying
– Celebrity self-commodification of personal lives: romance, tragedy, hardships, addictions, comebacks, pregnancies, etc.
– Scandal, crisis management, public shaming and remorse, redemption and penance campaigns
– Race and gender representation and celebrity, realness, whiteness, celebrities of colour and mixed race, masculinity and femininity, affirmative action and tokenism, celebrities and disability
– LGBT celebrities, coming out, outing and closeting, gay rumours and innuendo, gay marriage, gender transitions, homophobia and its career impact
– Personal life and image management, sham or hidden relationships and marriages, synergistic relationships (Brangelina, Bennifer, Kimye)
– Reality stars and reality television, YouTube celebrities, talent competitions, beauty contests, internet memes based on traditional and internet celebrities
– Royalty as celebrity, succession crises, royal scandals, pregnancies, ceremony and ritual, republican critics of royalty.
– Celebrity athletes, personal narratives, inspirational stories, scandals, sportsmanship, club affiliations, on-field and locker room interviews
– Celebrity and the law: celebrity crime, paternity suits, libel suits, invasion of privacy, etc.
– Private life as a source of artistic inspiration and validation for celebrities
– Celebrity autobiographies, self-help books, addiction narratives, and exposees.
– Personal narratives, confessional poetry, lyrics and prose, self-exposure as a creative trope
– Hip Hop personas and personal narratives, boasting and fronting, players vs. haters, realness, hypermasculinity, race, gender and linguistic diversity
– “Method” acting, bodily modification, use of private emotion, spontaneity in performance
– Religion and celebrity, public and private expressions of faith, personal and professional religiosity, celebrities with non-mainstream or New Age faiths
– Celebrities and politics, public endorsements, private support, reaction to social controversies
– Children of celebrities, child celebrities, and celebrity dynasties
– Fandom, collecting autographs and memorabilia, relationships between fans and celebrities real or imagined, erotic fiction featuring celebrities, cosplay, memorials and tributes
– Conventions, tours, personal appearances, award shows, red carpets, acceptance speeches.
– Celebrity biopics, accuracy vs. dramatic license in depictions of private lives, performing celebrity, casting and mimicry, celebrity impersonators, celebrity parodies
– Celebrities and social media, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter followers, posts, and mishaps

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:

Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 1st May 2015. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 19th June 2015. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Celebrity4 Proposal Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Jon Torn
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Critical Issues series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

Conference URL:
  • Attend Beyond the Professoriate
    Online conference for PhDs
    2 and 9 May, 2015
    Brought to you by Jennifer Polk (
    From PhD to Life) and Maren Wood (Lilli Research Group).
    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, and learn skills to help you in your non-academic job search.
    More details and a link to register at

  • After-Image: Life-Writing and Celebrity
    CFP Deadline: 15 May 2015
    Conference Date: Saturday, 19 September 2015
    The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and
    the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) at Wolfson College, Oxford
With funding from the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London (CLWR)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Sarah Churchwell Andrew O’Hagan
Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities, University of East Anglia2015 Writer in Residence,
The Eccles Centre at the British Library
NovelistCreative Writing Fellow,King’s College London

In the last decade, the fields of life-writing and celebrity studies have separately gained traction as areas for provocative critical analysis, but the significant connections between them have been overlooked. In celebrity studies, stories about individual people are examined through national, cultural, economic and political contexts. The function of the person’s image is considered rather than the life from which that image was/is derived. Conversely, life-writing does not always take into account the impact of celebrity on the life, and instead portrays it as an event rather than a condition with psychological impact which could be an integral part of the narrative.

Through a one-day conference entitled ‘After-Image: Life-Writing and Celebrity,’ we want to consider the interplay between celebrity and life-writing. The conference will explore ideas of image, persona and self-fashioning in an historical as well as a contemporary context and the role these concepts play in the writing of lives. How does the story (telling) of a historical life—of Cleopatra or Abraham Lincoln, for instance— alter when we re-read it in terms of celebrity? What is the human impact of being a celebrity— in the words of Richard Dyer, ‘part of the coinage of every day speech’? And how does this factor in when we use archival materials related to celebrities, such as diaries, letters, memoirs, interviews, press accounts, oral histories, apocryphal tales, etc.? Furthermore, what are the ethical responsibilities of life-writers when approaching such famous stories?

Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:

  • Celebrity in the fields of literature, politics, entertainment and public life
  • Historical reevaluations of celebrity from earlier periods
  • Royal lives
  • The politics of writing celebrity lives
  • The psychology of celebrity
  • Fame, famousness, fandom, stardom, myth and/or iconicity
  • The celebrity as life-writer (i.e. celebrity memoirs, etc.)
  • Using celebrity lives in historical fiction
  • The celebrity and identity
  • Showmanship, freak shows and the circus
  • Identity, power and violence in lives of the famous
  • Images and the press
  • Writing celebrity lives from below
We also welcome papers on any issues arising from these questions and disciplines.

The conference organizers invite abstracts for individual 20-minute presentations/papers or panel proposals. Presenters should submit abstracts of 300 words by 15 May 2015 to Nanette O’Brien ( and Oline Eaton ( Please send your abstract as a separate attachment in a PDF or Word document, and include on it your name, affiliation, and a brief bio.

here for the CFP.
  • Attend Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society
    Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)
    May 27-28, 2015
    Ryerson University, Canada
In higher education, media studies bring critical awareness of representations and reproductions of popular personas, artefacts, processes, and practices in social, economic, and political contexts. From the perspective of cultural studies, critical discourse analysis of media productions enables scholars to go beyond observing aesthetic aspects and to understand social underpinnings of cultural productions. In a similar fashion, journalism can use investigation to educate and inform the public on the limits and potentials of social systems.
Journalistic publications can then become credible sources for academic research and effective solutions to critical issues in society. However, in both cases, there is striking lack of research knowledge, critical commentaries, and pragmatic effects in the public sphere. Statistics show that only three percent of the academic population reads journals that carry in-depth knowledge and analysis from industrial media. Furthermore, there is a general crisis in academia with an emphasis on efficiency, commercial support, and market orientation. As well, while graduate enrolment has quadrupled in the last decade, most aspiring PhD graduates struggle to find tenure or tenure-track jobs. Universities are increasingly hiring sessional teachers, thus limiting research and the dissemination of much needed critical perspectives by a new generation of scholars and practitioners. Finally, tabloid journalism uses narrative devices of gossip, rumour and scandals commodifying meritocratic fame while many news media have abandoned facts and intelligent analysis in favour of spectacular outrage and incivility, both situations acting as testaments to the lack of informed opinions. Researchers in both academic and non-academic career paths possess useful knowledge and authority on many important social issues but may lack accessibility and visibility due to their more theoretical and intellectual views that are generally confined to academic gatherings and journals. However, their expertise could greatly benefit journalism and development of progressive media, and provide impetus for social transformation. The inclusion of scholarly commentaries and advocacy in media is imperative to the development of a knowledge-based economy and social innovation based on critical thinking and ethical action.

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), in association with the Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE), invites original cross-disciplinary panel, paper and workshop proposals for the international conference Bridging Gaps – Higher Education, Media and Society. Accepted papers will be published as an open access edited book. Extended version of selected best papers will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The conference 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 researchers, graduate students, media and related industries practitioners, activists, and artists. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches
  • Use of media content and practices
  • Historical perspectives and case studies
  • Archiving scholarly sources in media
  • Relationship between researchers and journalists
  • Active audiences
  • Influencing public opinion and policy making
  • Public relations and op-eds
  • Ethical issues in public relations
  • Social issues in media content
  • Critical thinking in journalism
  • Inequality in media and education
  • Interviewing media professionals
  • Media personas and popular icons as educators
  • Politics of personas and selfies / self portraitures
  • Fashion and body language
  • New directions in celebrity activism
  • Art in education and advocacy
  • Performance and biographies in storytelling
  • Independent media
  • Media literacy programs
  • Ethical action in media and education
  • Alternative knowledge production sites and methods
  • Academics as cultural critics
  • Media skills and employment in higher education
The conference will be held on May 27-28, 2015 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Venue, Accommodations, and Travel Information:
  • Attend Performing Stardom: New Methods in Critical Star Studies
    NoRMMA (Network of Research: Movies, Magazines, Audiences), University of Kent,
    May 29, 2015

NoRMMA invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on non-traditional approaches to star studies research. The one-day event will be held at the University of Kent on May 29th, 2015.

Confirmed keynotes:
Dr Catherine Grant, University of Sussex
Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Bath Spa University

The event will focus on ways to explore film studies research through non-traditional approaches. Examples include: performance, video essays, interpretative dance, creative fiction/non-fiction, poetry, music, and any kind of multimedia project. Through this symposium, we would like to explore the connections between scholarship and fandom, research and creativity, the benefits and disadvantages of exploring an (audio)visual art through (audio)visual means, and the development of the innovative and ever-emerging field of practice as research.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
– Star studies
– Film History
– Fan magazine research
– Audience reception studies
– Archival research
– Genre studies
– Aspects of film analysis

  • Attend Song, Stage and Screen X:
    The Star System in Musical Theatre and Film
    Regent’s University London
    June 24-26, 2015
“Star” synonyms: celebrity, big name, celeb (informal), megastar, name, draw, idol, luminary, leading man or lady, lead, hero or heroine, principal, main attraction (Collins Dictionary)

The entertainment industry has always relied extensively upon the lure and sales potential of star­dom; not for nothing did MGM boast in the 1930s to have “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven”. Yet it seems that the whole concept of the larger-than-life artistic persona is especially potent and relevant when it comes to the stage and film musical: Certain film cycles are exclusively identified by their stars (Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland; Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers), not by their directors. Certain stage roles (Harold Hill, Mama Rose, Fanny Brice) are always expected to be performed by star actors. There also is a particular fascination with the artist trying to make it in show business (42nd Street; A Star is Born; Funny Girl) and, converse­ly, with the fading star (A Star is Born; Applause; Follies; Sunset Boulevard).

The producers and artists working on film and stage musicals – whether conscious of doing so or not – are responsible for setting up and reinforcing the mechanisms that encourage an audience’s emotional affinity and identification with certain performers and their roles. Song, Stage and Screen X aims to explore these mechanisms and what they signify.

The following are a few suggested topics for papers and presentations:

Star quality
Creating stars
The star persona
Selling stars
Employing stars
Depicting stars

Past Events
  • Burn with Desire at the Ryerson Image Centre
    Ryerson University
    On view January 21 – April 5, 2015
The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) plays with ideas of glamour and female representation in two exhibitions on view January to April 2015. Burn with Desire: Photography and Glamour offers a sweeping yet considered view of photography’s role in defining glamour since the 1920s. Approaching female identity from a different angle, Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women seeks to challenge stereotypes, while claiming an alternative presence for women in the public sphere. Join us for the public opening reception on January 21, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) exists for the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. We are located at 33 Gould Street, Toronto, in the heart of the Ryerson University campus.

Admission to the gallery is free.

Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30pm.

  • In Media Res: Celebrity D-List (March 23 – March 27, 2015).
From Katharine P. Zakos, Jennifer Lynn Jones and Lauren Cramer:

Monday, March 23, 2015 – Garret Castleberry (University of Oklahoma) presents: Maneuvering Audience Perception by Re-f(r)aming the Class Conscious “D-List” Celebrity
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – Jennifer Lynn Jones (Indiana University) presents: Microcelebrity in the Paper of Record
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island, CUNY) presents: The Black-list
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Roberto Ortiz (Independent) presents: What’s Up with D-List Latinidad?
Friday, March 27, 2015 – Michael Reinhard (University of Chicago) presents: Uncovering Lady Gaga

Theme week organized by
Jennifer Jones (Indiana University), with Georgia State University liaison Lauren Cramer.

Visit us on the web at To receive links for each day’s posts and stay up to date on our latest calls for curators, please be sure to “like” our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter (use #DList to discuss this week’s posts!).

For more information, please contact In Media Res at, or email the Coordinating Editor, Ethan Tussey, at
  • Conference: Discourse on Literary Celebrity across Genres
    12 & 13 March 2015, Lancaster University
From Dr Rebecca Braun @braunbraun4 and @AuthorsWorld

How does literary celebrity manifest in different genres? To what extent do authors, and ideas of authorship, translate from one medium to another, and how do the different genres themselves contribute to a growing discourse around individual literary celebrities? In this event we look at a graphic novel, film subtitling techniques and practices in projecting a scientific academic persona to probe issues of authorship surrounding individuality, gender, generation, and originality within a multi-genre context.

Further details at the Authors and the World website.
  • Public Culture Special Issue “Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era
On the occasion of the publication of “Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era,” Public Culture and the Institute for Public Knowledge led a discussion with contributing authors Sharon Marcus, Alice Marwick, Susan Murray, and Dana Polan. The event was moderated by Terri Senft and followed by a reception with the authors.

“Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era,” a special issue of Public Culture guest edited by Sha­ron Marcus, asks how new digital media platforms such as search engines, Twit­ter, Facebook, Instagram, GIFs, and YouTube have qualitatively changed celebrity culture. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the luxury selfies of micro­celebrities like Kane Lim to performance artist Marina Marina Abramović’s collabora­tions with Jay­-Z and Lady Gaga, from the karaoke standard in shows like American Idol to Syrian singer Assala’s media battle with the Assad regime, from the “emotion economy” of reality TV to the influence of network entrepreneurs like Tim O’Reilly, the essays in this special issue identify core structural features that contribute to the development of a new theory of celebrity.
Excerpts of the articles (and the full text of Sharon Marcus’s introduction) are available on the
editorial office website; the full text of Alice Marwick’s essay can be freely accessed until August 2015 by clicking on the “access full version” link to the right of the article.

Readers with a subscription, or who are affiliated with a subscribing institution, can access the full version of any article by clicking on the “access full version” link, or by proceeding directly to the Public Culture page on the
Duke University Press site (if you are not using Internet provided by the institution, you will need to navigate to the Duke UP site via the institution’s library site).

For subscription information, visit our publisher’s website,

Sharon Marcus is Dean of Humanities and the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), and the prize-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton, 2007). In 2009, with Stephen Best, she edited a special issue of Representations on “The Way We Read Now.” A founder and Co-Editor in Chief of 
Public Books, she is currently finishing a book about theatrical celebrity in the nineteenth century.

Alice Marwick is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Director of the McGannon Communication Research Center at Fordham University, and an academic affiliate at the Center for Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School. Her work examines the impact of the large audiences made possible by social media on individuals and communities from a social, cultural, and legal perspective. She is the author of Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age (Yale, 2013). Current research interests include online privacy practices, the changing nature of self-presentation, and gender, feminism and social media.

Susan Murray is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU. She is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (Routledge, 2005) and a co-editor, with Laurie Ouellette, of two editions of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (NYU Press, 2004; 2009). She is currently working on Brought to You In Living Color: A Cultural History of Color Television, a book project under contract with Duke University Press and supported by fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, and The Humanities Initiative at NYU.

Dana Polan is a Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author of 8 books in film and media and approximately 200 essays, reviews, and review-essays. Two of the books are in Duke University Press’s series, Spin-offs, on individual television shows: one on The Sopranos, one on Julia Child’s The French Chef. Polan is a former president of the Society for Cinema Studies, the professional society for film, and a former editor of its publication, Cinema Journal. He has been knighted by the French Ministry of Culture for contributions to cross-cultural exchange, and in 2003, he was selected as one of that year’s two Academy Foundation Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Terri Senft teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University. Her writing focuses on how digital technologies shift cultural notions of the private, the public, the pedagogic and the pornographic. Terri is the author of Camgirls: Celebrity & Community in the Age of Social Networks, co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Social Media, currently co-editing a special section on “selfies” for the International Journal of Communication, and writing a monograph titled Fame to Fifteen: Social Media and the Micro-Celebrity Moment. Terri has written for The New York Times, and spoken at venues including Arcadia Missa/The Institute of Contemporary Art, TED Salon London, Saatchi & Saatchi.
She also featured in the award-winning documentary Webcam Girls.

The date and location of this event was:

Friday, February 13, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10003, USA


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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