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I am pleased to update that the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) keynotes and I will facilitate our media workshop ‘Scholars as Critics’ at our 8th international conference in New York City. In addition to receiving editorial support for publishing with Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (Intellect Books), accepted delegates will also have the option to present/submit an op-ed/personal essay. The best opinion piece will be published in the Medium and will receive further editorial advice for print media.  Panel proposal / abstract notifications will be sent by March 31. See details below and check the conference website for further details.


 
Recently, our 2016 and 2017 CMCS conference keynote P. David Marshall published Persona Studies: An Introduction (Wiley) with Chris Moore and Kim Barbour. Their new book is now available for pre-orders – check it out.
 
We are also proud of CMCS board member Celia Lam for assisting Celebrity Studies journal (Routledge) as a book review editor and digital communications editor. The latest journal issue on David Bowie can be accessed here.


 
In other news, The Independent published Hannah Yelin and Michele Paulette’s latest opinion piece about their research project “Girls, Leadership and Women in the Public Eye.” They point out how sexism toward public figures holds back the next generation of poor and Black women, who are inspired by social justice and climate change among many urgent issues.  In their poignant words, "Only by changing the ways ideal leaders are imagined and real women leaders are treated will we get the generation of progressive, diverse female leaders our country so badly needs." Read their full piece here. Also, visit Hannah’s Celebrity Culture Club website https://celebritycultureclub.com/ for updates.


 
Earlier, Good Morning Britain, The Daily Wire, Mirror Online, Liverpool Echo, Birmingham Live and Irish Mirror among more covered Ellis Cashmore. His controversial views raised critical questions on including transgender women as athletes in popular sports. Check out more in Yahoo Celebrity UK.


 
Also, the Los Angeles Times published the latest efforts of our board member and celebrity activist Anita Krajnc – her animal rights organization The Save Movement was covered on the front page. Hollywood stars such as Joaquin Phoenix have attended the vigils that the movement organizes.
 
Finally, Delhi-based Feminism in India magazine published my personal essay on #MeToo. Brown Girl Magazine will publish an updated version of the story – coming soon.
 
That’s all for now!
 
Do you have urgent issues or research updates to share with journalists and scholars? Drop us a line at info@cmc-centre.com or tag us on Twitter– we’ll be happy to support.
 
My best,
Samita Nandy @famecritic

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NYC 2019 CMCS 8th International Conference
Bridging Gaps: Re-Fashioning Stories for Celebrity Counterpublics
Terrace Club at Club Quarters
New York City, USA
Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 1

 
Deadline for panel proposals and abstracts: Monday, March 18, 2019

Special thanks go to Intellect Books



Keynote Speakers:

Dr Andrew Zolides
Communication and Media, Xavier University, USA

Day 1 – Opening KeynoteCelebrity and Digital Narrative Practice
http://cmc-centre.com/keynotes/2019-cmcs-keynote-andrew-zolides/ 


Dr Basuli Deb
English and Gender Studies, Rutgers University and CUNY, USA

Day 1 – Opening Afternoon Keynote:
From MeToo to UsToo: Celebrity Counterpublics to Migrant Counterpublics

http://cmc-centre.com/keynotes/2019-cmcs-keynote-basuli-deb/

 
Dr Alex Symons
Fashion Media, LIMS College, USA

Day 2 – Opening Keynote:

Activism and Risks for Comedians in America
http://cmc-centre.com/keynotes/2019-cmcs-keynote-alex-symons/
 
Best presented papers will be published in the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies @IntellectBooks. Discounted subscription options are below.

 

Call for Papers

In the recent past, there has been an increased interest in exploring intersections of life writing and studies of celebrity culture. Storytelling is central to effective branding in fame. Furthermore, the use of biographical elements has been recognized as a rhetorical device in writing op-eds, personal essays, and public speaking that often raise awareness on critical issues in popular media. Biography, as Lola Romanucci-Ross points out, is mainly a useful symbolic tool for reflecting, rotating and reversing real-life situations. Like biography, autobiography, memoirs, and testimonials play crucial roles in mapping social facts.
 
The impacts of glamorous forms of storytelling in scandals, gossip, and rumor become so crucial that they are often studied as sociological data, regardless of whether they enable actual social change. For pop culture enthusiasts and social observers, celebrities may or may not be actual role models in telling meaningful stories and constructing subjectivity. Yet, fans and students often invest affective and intellectual labor when it comes to accepting, negotiating or contesting what appears to be significant in understandings of popular figures. Celebrity scholars are equally familiar with the complexities of engaging with and researching “glossy topics”. As Sean Redmond (2014) has shown, acknowledging one’s own celebrity attachments can produce innovative ways of (re)writing fame. Conversely, these first-person accounts may also contribute to the 
celebritisation of individual academics. What is the critical and pedagogical potential of personal takes on fame within the field of celebrity studies?
 
Celebrity narratives are perceived to have real power whether or not celebrities are “important” people in the academic or moral sense. Drawing on current affairs, celebrity politicians have used personal claims and outrageous stories to push political agendas in divisive ways. Many other famous personas use extravagant fashion as expressions of their luxurious lives and build 
persona brands at the cost of ethics. For Elizabeth Wissinger, the “glamour labor” involved in self-fashioning, surveillance, and branding is often an inevitable and unfortunate outcome in the production of consumer values and desirable bodies in fashion industries. Public personas still self-fashion themselves and promote their brand by extending text(ures) of language that sells to consumer tastes. However, the challenge remains to sell the values of social justice. Can public intellectuals learn narrative strategies from celebrity storytelling and fill this gap
 
What appears to be a shared reason behind the success of most popular narratives, verbal (including oral) and non-verbal, is a persuasive ‘strategy’ to effectively tell life stories. If studying celebrity 
biographies / autobiographies, best-selling memoirs, and other popular forms of life-writings and self-expressions carry cultural worth, then biographical elements of rising and celebrated public intellectuals, academics, critics, and activists are equally important to consider in disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices and understanding of fame. For instance, real-life first-hand accounts, such as testimonies and visual evidence, together with literary/artistic representations of gendered oppression provide meaning for progressive thinking and practice. Anecdotal accounts of famous sports personalities, actors, best-selling authors, and top models among other public figures are often useful rhetorical tools that help us to understand popular culture better. With this in mind, we need to extend popular storytelling beyond celebrity culture and persona branding, and use it to empower social change in academia, politics, and other spheres.
 
The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps conference series, with the support of Intellect Books, uses a reflective practice paradigm and asks an urgent question: Can we learn popular strategies and re-fashion celebrity stories into tools for public intellectualism and social transformation, in addition to studying them? What enables or disables the public to tell personal stories in studies and practices of celebrity culture? Can different forms of storytelling from the lives of rising and celebrated academics, public intellectuals, critics, and activists enable urgent social change? The conference problematizes what it means to be a popular “storyteller” and invites all academics, journalists, publicists, activists and models and guests to attend, collaborate and publish valuable and purposeful work around this key question and related topics in our conference.
 
The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive of interdisciplinary academic scholars and practitioners involved in all areas of celebrity culture, fandom, fashion, and journalism.  The conference combines paper presentations, workshop panels, roundtables, slideshows, and interviews that aim to bridge gaps in celebrity activism, 
persona branding, and fashion education. Working papers, media productions, and personal stories will be considered for the conference.
 
Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (Intellect Books)
 
Registration 
includes: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshop, access to reception, all-day coffee, complimentary evening drink, consideration for publication, and the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 best screen awards. The best op-ed / personal (optional) will also receive an opportunity to publish in the Medium.
 
Abstract Submission Guidelines:

•    250-word abstract or 
workshop / roundtable proposal
•    Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
•    Submit abstract at celebrity.mediastudies@gmail.com - extended deadline March 18, 2019
•    Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2019
•    Early bird deadline for hotel & conference registration: April 30, 2019
•    Conference reception & presentations: Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 1, 2019
 
Celebrity Chat video Submissions Guidelines:

•    Video length should be 10-20 minutes
•    Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
•    Submit to Celebrity Chat producer Jackie Raphael at the email 
      address: media.celebstudies@gmail.com
•    Conference reception and presentations: August 30 –September 1, 2019

Topics include but are not limited to:

·Celebrity
·Fandom
·Audience
·Persona
·Life Writings
·Oral storytelling
·Fiction
·Fashion
·Photography
·Performance
·Publicity
·News
·Interviews
·Social Media
·Film and video
·Theory and Methods
·Research Agenda
·Business Models
·Ethics and Morality
·Human, Animal and Environmental Ethics
·Media Literacy
·Education and Advocacy
·International Relations

Conference Chair: Dr Samita Nandy
Conference Committee: Dr Jackie Raphael, Kiera Obbard, Sabrina Moro, and Diana Miller
Conference URLhttp://cmc-centre.com/conferences/nyc2019/
Conference Twitter @celeb_studies #CMCS19
 

 

Special Acknowledgements:



 
Intellect Books @IntellectBooks
 
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Special thanks to CMCS board members Dr Nicole Bojko & Jarret Ruminski, author of The Limits of Loyalty: Ordinary People in Civil War Mississippi @TheDevilHistory 

Conference Sponsors:

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies
Centre for Ecological, Social & Informatics Cognitive Research

References and Featured Publications:


Celebrity Studies 

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism 
and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies 


Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Personas and Places

Fame in Hollywood North 

CrossBridge 

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
Dr
 Douglas Machado
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr
 Hilary Wheaton
Shannon Skinner

Sutikshya Mallick

Founder & Director


Dr
 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 
Nidhi 
Farfagalia

Kiera Obbard
Georgia Hertz
Christine Bode
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