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I am pleased to update that Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) board member Anita Krajnc and Joaquin Phoenix have been featured for the groundbreaking #BeFairBeVegan campaign in Hollywood news: Entertainment Tonight (ET), Global News, The Globe and Mail, CTVExclaimand more. Watch 

In other Hollywood news, The Telegraph (UK) covered CMCS in an interview on Ariana Grande’s view on the hidden dangers in fan interactions. Special acknowledgments go to journalist Chris Stokel-Walker for featuring my opinions along with other scholarly views:

Special thanks to Nathan Farrell for also publishing the latest book chapters that CMCS board members Hilary Wheaton, Jackie Raphael, and I wrote for The Political Economy of Celebrity Activism (Routledge). The book is now available for order and review here

Furthermore, Kiera Obbard received an honorary award and Cindy Elmore won the $100 best paper award for pointing out the essence of using the first-person narrative as truth at the 8th CMCS conference in New York City. You can now read Cindy's op-ed here:


Ian Dixon’s $100 award-winning video presentation, quoting David P. Marshall, is now available for viewing on our YouTube: Watch the complete video and check out the controversial novel that he analyzes concerning fame and sex:

Highlights of our NYC media panels with Andrew Zolides, Basuli Deb, Alex Symons, Jacque Lynn Foltyn, Hannah Yelin, and Jacquelyn Strayer as well as selected presentations by Andrea Marshall and Michael Cheuk are available for viewing on our YouTube and Instagram. All conference photos are on our Facebook
So far, CMCS has offered around $3,000 worth of awards and internships to deserving writers since 2015. CMCS publication updates with Intellect Books and WaterHill Publishing are coming up in 2020. Till then, check out the current Call for Papers on teaching celebrity, European film stardom, Italian star Mina, and adult film stardom below. Visit our blog for complete information on the calls.
Do you have urgent issues, ideas, research or practice to share with journalists and scholars in media and celebrity studies? Drop us a line at or tag us on Twitter @celeb_studies – we look forward to hearing from you!
My best,
Samita Nandy @famecritic

Current Calls

Stars and Stardom in Eastern European Cinema
- accepting till November 2019

Mina. The Voice Of Silence: Presence and Absence of a Pop Icon 

- deadline December 5, 2019

Teaching Celebrity (from Teaching Media Quarterly )
- deadline: January 1, 2020

AR/VR: Deepfakes: Celebrity (Porn Studies – Forum Pieces) 
- deadline January 20, 2020

Upcoming Event:
Fame and Fandom: Functioning On and Offline
- December 8-10, 2019

Acknowledgments for CMCS newsletter and social media:




Celebrity Studies 

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism 
and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies 

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Persona Studies: An Introduction

Personas and Places

Fame in Hollywood North 

Popular Culture & the Intellectual

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society


Teaching Compassion

Media Experts

Prof. P. David Marshall

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr. Basuli Deb

Dr Jackie Raphael 

Dr Celia Lam 
Dr Ian Dixon
Dr Jacque L. Foltyn
 Douglas Machado
Dr Mira Moshe
 Hilary Wheaton
Shannon Skinner

Sutikshya Mallick

Founder & Director

 Samita Nandy 

Advisory Board

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam
Dr William Huddy
Dr Frank Wilson
Dr Nicole Bojko
Dr Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Yaya Mori

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Will Visconti 

Kiera Obbard
Georgia Hertz
Christine Bode
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