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We are thrilled to announce that the edited book Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society is now available!

This book contains chapters authored by delegates at the inaugural CMCS international conference series that was held in Toronto in May. Published by WaterHill Publishing, the book includes Stephanie Patrick’s chapter on celebrity public relations and journalism that received the  best paper award at the conference. You may now purchase the book for a rare combination of theoretical, practical and methodological perspectives on celebrity, media, higher education, and society at

The program for the second part of the CMCS conference series in New York City will be released soon. At the moment, please find below details on featured publications, forthcoming conferences, and current calls.

CMCS is a
research network coordinating academic and media relations in media and celebrity studies. If you would like to collaborate, have ideas, or wish to share your work with our growing membership, let us know. Drop us a line at

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

Best wishes,

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

Featured Publications, Call for Papers and Events

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society
Edited by Robert Caine, Hilary Wheaton and Louis Massey

  1. How Higher Education, Media, and Society Intersect:
    An Introduction to Bridging Gaps
    Robert Caine, Hilary Wheaton and Louis Massey

  2. Media Literacy for Media Makers: Teaching Onscreen Violence in the University Film Classroom  
    Laurie Trotta Valenti and F. Miguel Valenti
  3. Self-critique or Self-promotion: The Vanishing Gap in Celebrity Public Relations Journalism
    Stephanie Patrick

  4. Nigellissima: The Making of Nigella  
    Gilly Smith

  5. 'I didn't know other people out there felt this way...': Gay Celebrities and the Construction of Role Models
    Michael Lovelock

  6. Seizing the Microphone: A Case Study of a Higher Education Institution and the Messaging Battle over Education Reform
    Charles L. Carney

  7. The Empowering Impacts of Chinese Social Media Weibo
    John Yu Zhang

  8. Laughing while Learning: Using Comedic Reporting and Commentary in the Classroom
    Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre

  9. Social Media in the Classroom
    Stephanie Sadownik

  10. Bringing Rape Culture Media into the Classroom
    Diana C. Direiter

  11. When the News Reports on Higher Education Accountability, What Does the Public Read and Hear?
    Charles L. Carney


Public and Private in Mobile Communications
José Ricardo Carvalheiro & Ana Serrano Tellería (eds.)
The second book of the 'Public and Private in Mobile Communications' European FEDER project has just been published. 


      1. Introduction

      2.  Skype in Daily Life: general patterns, emerging uses, and concerns
          James E. Katz & Elizabeth Thomas Crocker

      3.  Mobile Communication and Network Privatism: A Literature Review 
           of the Implications for Diverse,Weak and New Ties 

           Scott W. Campbell

      4.  Digital Self-Portraits, Exposure and the Modulation of Intimacy
           Amparo Lasén

      5.  All What We Send Is Selfie: Images in the Age of Immediate 
           Gaby David

      6.  Persona, Celebrity, and Selfies in Social Justice: Authenticity in   
           Celebrity Activism
           Samita Nandy

      7.  Mass and Multitudes: “Old” and “New”Ways of Being in Public
          João Carlos Correia

      8.  Effectiveness of Crowdsourcing for the Appearance of a      
           New Public Sphere          
           Koldo Meso A., Simón Peña F. & Diana Rivero S. 

      9.  Joining the Spheres: The Smartphone between Public and Private
           Gil Baptista Ferreira

     10.  Liquid Spheres or Constelations? Reflections on Mobile Devices
           Ana Serrano Tellería

     11.  Privatism against Privacy? Technology and Culture in Mobile  
           José Ricardo Carvalheiro

         Notes on contributors

Access the book now at: 

Celebrity Studies Questions and Answers

From Claire Spence
Routledge Media and Cultural Studies

Last Summer we invited you to send in your questions to the Editors of
Celebrity Studies. Here you can find the answers to those questions, a special video response from editor Sean Redmond, AND free access articles which expand upon the answers!

If you’ve enjoyed the Media Focus: Celebrity collection, or even if you just love Celebrity Studies, you can access all of these fabulous articles for free today…

Celebrity Studies Q&A special

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 2016, 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:

Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie symposium
ACMI, Melbourne

The programme and details for the Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie symposium, which will run in conjunction with the David Is… exhibition at the ACMI, is now available. Please see the attached flyer and the link below for further details:

International Journal of Cultural Studies - Celebrities and Advocacy

 The International Journal of Cultural Studies has a special section on Celebrities and Advocacy. The section includes papers on post-democratic politics (Dan Brockington), distant suffering (Martin Scott) and public engagement (Tim Markham).

Visit for more full texts.

Porn Studies
Special Issue: Inside Gonzo Porn 

This special issue of 
Porn Studies focuses on contemporary gonzo pornography. Emerging in the United States in the late 1980s and pioneered by directors such as John Stagliano, Seymore Butts, Ben Dover, and Rodney Moore, gonzo constituted both a low budget response and an “aesthetic” alternative to the glossy, plot-oriented feature films produced by companies such as VCA or Adam & Eve. Gonzo established a new “mode” of pornographic expression, taking fiction out of hard-core videos and heading straight for the sex, employing a documentary style – hand-held camera, camera-looks, live recording etc. – in order to enhance the authenticity and the realness of sexual representation (Hardy 2008; 2009; Biasin, Zecca 2009; Fuchs 2011; Tibbals 2014). In doing so, gonzo exacerbated the constant dialectic between the immediate, indexical depiction of the “mechanical truth of the bodily pleasure” (Williams 1989), and its symbolical reconstruction and “falsification” through specific representative and stylistic conventions (Dyer 1985; 1994). At the same time, gonzo pushed hard-core videos increasingly to the “extreme,” bringing sex performances and body practices to become more and more “hyperbolic” (Stüttgen 2009; Biasin, Zecca 2009; Paasonen 2011; Maddison 2012) – and almost completely detached from any sexological “idealism”. 

Discursive tensions circulate gonzo – where different and often contrasting perspectives (theoretical and political) on porn representation and sexual agency meet and collide with each other. Some identify gonzo as a violent vehicle for the humiliation of women (Dines 2006; Purcell 2012) and “grotesque degradation” (Langman 2004), a chauvinist and hyper-masculinized “fantasy” of retaliation to women’s social assertiveness. Yet other academics and activists promote a queer, (trans)feminist and subcultural re-appropriation of gonzo as a way to explore new “contra-sexual” body practices (Preciado 2000; Stüttgen 2009), and to displace the heteronormative order (Borghi 2014); for them, gonzo constitutes a film form that can be productively re-employed to express new post-pornographic fantasies and desires, and to open alternative markets of porn consumption (Maina 2014). However, despite its centrality in debates about pornography, gonzo has hardly been examined in depth. This special issue of Porn Studies welcomes essays, interviews, and personal accounts from academics, artists, activists, and adult industry practitioners. Proposals are invited to address (but are not limited to) the following questions: 
  • Genders/Bodies: What gender configurations does gonzo perform and (re)produce? What constitution types does it dictate and (re)shape? How are bodies depicted and “treated” in gonzo?
  • Actors/Stars: What performative abilities and what acting techniques does gonzo require? What actor’s personae does gonzo construct? How is a gonzo celebrity built? And what is its social “aura”?
  • Styles/Texts: What are the representative conventions of gonzo? What is its iconography? What are the stylistic features of gonzo “aesthetics”? Is there a gonzo textual “canon”? 
  • Contexts/Positions: What are the ways in which gonzo is consumed? And in which contexts? What consumption positions does gonzo activate? And what cultural repertories does it entail?
  • Markets/Business: How is gonzo positioned within the porn market? How is gonzo produced? What are its business models, its working routines, and its commercial strategies? 
  • Communities/Fans: What reception and interpretive communities does gonzo produce? And what are their dynamics? Is it possible to speak about a gonzo participatory fan culture? Is there a gonzo “cult”? 
  • Tastes/Affects: Does gonzo produce a distinctive sex taste culture? What fantasies and pleasures does it entail? What affects does gonzo generate? What is its carnal appeal? How could gonzo be embodied by the viewers? 
  • Global/Local: How has US gonzo been re-adapted in different national contexts? What are the globalisation/glocalization processes that underlie the international dissemination of gonzo style? 
Submission Details

Articles for peer-review should be between 5000-6000 words. Shorter thought pieces of approximately 1500-2000 words may also be submitted, and the editors will make a selection for the Forum section. 

Journal Deadline

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 1, 2015. Please send abstracts of 400 words and a short biographical note to and Authors will be notified by September 7, 2015 if their proposals have been accepted. 
The deadline for submission of full articles is January 18, 2016. 
The special issue will be published in December 2016. 

How to Submit

All the manuscripts must be submitted online. Please consult the Authors and Submissions tab in the journal website for more information, and the Submit Online link is there as well:‐Gh.

Editorial information

Guest editor: Dr Enrico Biasin (
Guest editor: Dr Federico Zecca (

Style Guidelines

Manuscript preparation instructions for Taylor and Francis publications  and Routledge journals  can be found here: 


Biasin, Enrico, and Federico Zecca. 2009. “Contemporary Audiovisual Pornography: Branding Strategy and Gonzo Film Style.” Cinema & Cie: International Film Studies Journal 9 (12): 133-147
Borghi, Rachele. 2014. “Post Porn: Or, Alice’s Adventures in Sexland”. In Porn after Porn. Contemporary Alternative Pornographies, edited by Enrico Biasin, Giovanna Maina, Federico Zecca, 165-187. Milan: Mimesis International. 
Dines, Gail. 2006. “The White Man's Burden: Gonzo Pornography and the Construction of Black Masculinity,” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 18 (1): 283-297
Dyer, Richard. 1985. “Male Gay Porn; Coming to Terms.” Jump Cut 30, pp. 27-29. 
Dyer, Richard. 1994. “Idol Thoughts: Orgasm and Self-Reflexivity in Gay Pornography”. Critical Quarterly 36 (1): 48-62.
Fuchs, Michael. 2011. “Starring Porn: Metareference in Straight Pornographic Feature Films.” International Ford Madox Ford Studies 10: 379-413. 
Hardy, Simon. 2008. “The Pornography of Reality.” Sexualities 11 (1-2), 60-64. 
Hardy, Simon. 2009. “The New Pornographies: Representation or Reality?” In Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture, edited by Feona Attwood, 3-18. London: I.B. Tauris.
Lauren Langman. 2004. “Grotesque Degradation: Globalization, Carnivalization, and Cyberporn.” In Net.seXXX: Readings on Sex, Pornography, and the Internet, edited by Dennis D. Waskul. New York: Peter Lang.
Maddison, Stephen. 2012. “The Limits of Pleasure? Max Hardcore and Extreme Porn.” In Hard to Swallow: Hard-Core Pornography on Screen, edited by Claire Hines and Darren Kerr, 113-125. London: Wallflower Press. 
Maina, Giovanna. 2014. “Grotesque Empowerment: Belladonna’s Strapped Dykes Between Mainstream and Queer.” In Porn after Porn. Contemporary Alternative Pornographies, edited by Enrico Biasin, Giovanna Maina, Federico Zecca, 83-106. Milan: Mimesis International. 
Paasonen, Susanna. 2011. Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Purcell, Natalie. 2012. Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography. London: Routledge. 
Preciado, Beatriz. 2000. Manifeste Contra-Sexuel. Paris: Balland.
Stüttgen, Tim, ed. 2009. Post / Porn / Politics. Queer_Feminist Perspectives on the Politics of Porn Performance and Sex_Work as Culture Production. Berlin: b_books.
Tibbals, Chauntelle Anne. 2010. “From The Devil in Miss Jones to DMJ6: Power, Inequality, and Consistency in the Content of US Adult Films.” Sexualities 13 (5): 625-644. 
Tibbals, Chauntelle Anne. 2014. Gonzo, “Trannys, and Teens: Current Trends in US Adult Content Production, Distribution, and Consumption.” Porn Studies 1 (1-2): 127-135. 
Williams, Linda. (1989) 1999. Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the “Frenzy of the Visible.” Berkeley: University of California Press.
Williams, Linda. 2004. “Porn Studies: Proliferating Pornographies On/Scene: An Introduction.” In Porn Studies, edited by Linda Williams, 1-23. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Address questions and proposal submissions to:

Dr Enrico Biasin
Department of Cultural Heritage
University of Udine – DAMS Gorizia
Piazza Vittoria 41 – 34170 Gorizia, Italy

Dr Federico Zecca
Department of Cultural Heritage
University of Udine – DAMS Gorizia
Piazza Vittoria 41 – 34170 Gorizia, Italy

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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