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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
62nd Edition
Media Experts

Prof. P. David Marshall
Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam

Dr. Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Nandana Bose
Dr Will Visconti
Shannon Skinner 

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
Josh Nathan (late)

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Nalini Mohabir
Dr Will Visconti 
Josh Nathan
Nidhi Farfagalia
Kiera Obbard
Georgia Hertz
Christine Bode

Founder & Director

Dr Samita Nandy

Featured Publications

Celebrity Studies

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Fame in Hollywood North


Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society




We are pleased to announce the 2018 Day 1 CMCS keynote speech by Elliot Pill. Titled “Model Behavior? Celebrities and ethically questionable promotional methods in the digital age,” this opening talk will shed light on how we can engage in promotional literacy. The 7th international CMCS conference “Bridging Gaps: Where is Ethical Glamour in Celebrity Culture?” will be held in Lisbon on July 1-3. Read Elliot Pill’s abstract

Earlier this month, 2017 CMCS keynote Andrew Mendelson launched his edited collection Trump and the Media, which is a timely contribution to media studies and celebrity studies.  It was a pleasure to attend his book launch at New York University and converse on ethics and celebrity politics along with co-authors Rodney Besson and Julia Sonnevend.  Links to the book are available

I also had the pleasure of attending CMCS member Winnie M Li’s US launch of her award-winning book Dark Chapter also in New York City last week. Read a review of the book

As well, our CMCS board members Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam published their book
Celebrity and the Incredible. Jackie also released the 2nd episode of CMCS media production Celebrity Chat (Season 4). This month’s episode features the best video from the 6th CMCS conference held at University of Western Australia. Watch and share the video here:
If you are in Toronto next month, join me at public event “This is my Glamour 18”, which will be held at the Globe and Mail Centre on May 6. I will give a keynote speech on “
Glamour and Celebrity Activism”. Huge thanks to ANOKHI Media, public personality Raj Girn, media and sponsors. I will be back in New York City for a conversation on celebrity activism at the East Side Institute on May 22. 
Please see deadlines for media and research opportunities, internship positions, upcoming events and Call for Papers below. Special thanks to scholars Ellen Wright, Celia Lam, Daniel Dove, Joyleen Christensen, Milan Hain, Jennifer Polk, and Photini Vrikki for sharing the CFPs. More research and media updates are available here:
Many faculty, students, and journalists request that CMCS circulates calls, events, and publications, and archive them for future access. CMCS, as a not-for-profit organization that aims at giving a voice, advancing media outreach, and supporting social causes, is glad to share information relevant to its mandate. We share this information here in the newsletter and archive it in the CMCS website blog area along with organizers’ contact information.
E-mail for suggestions, ideas and questions. We are always happy to share and support your work.
Samita Nandy @famecritic
Professional Opportunities / Call for Papers / Upcoming Events

From Nicole Bojko

Research and Media Positions
From Daniel Dove
CFP Death and the Celebrity (April 30, 2018)
From Jennifer Polk

Conference: Beyond the Professoriate
(May 5 and 12)
 From Raj Girn
Keynote: Glamour and Celebrity Activism (May 6, 2018)
From Photini Vrikki
CFP: Who sets the Public Agenda? The Cultural and Creative Industries in the era of populism (May 14, 2018)
From Milan Hain
CFP: Stars and Star Systems in Film, Television, Theater and Radio (May 15, 2018)
From Mary Fridley
Conversation Panel: Celebrity Activism (May 22, 2018)
From Ellen Wright
Symposium: Women in Hollywood (May 28, 2018)
From Celia Lam

CFP: Playful Encounters:
Interdisciplinary engagements with play, creativity, entertainment & fun (May 31, 2018)
From Joyleen Christensen
PhD Scholarship in Celebrity Studies & Fan Studies (June 29, 2018)

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