Greetings from Toronto
On behalf of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), I would like to welcome new and existing readers to the 7th edition of Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry.
It is always an honor for us to support and recommend academic critics and writers in critical studies of fame, media and society. In this edition, we are pleased to welcome
Dr. Louis Massey and Dr. Basuli Deb who have joined as academic critics and media experts at CMCS. Dr. Massey’s critical commentaries on media, technology and society have been published in The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. His forthcoming book Self and Social Cognition brings critical and inspirational understandings of dominant cultural practices, and unfolds the necessity of contemplative practices in higher education and everyday life. Dr. Deb’s first book has been featured on The Daily Nebraskan.
Dr. Deb’s second book Come, Cross the Line: Celebrity Lifestyles and Public Intellectualism will be of interest to readers in celebrity studies. Her book interrogates postcolonial thought that opposes configurations of privilege. Using a trans paradigm to cross borders of gender/class/labor, it studies celebrity negotiations of difficult terrains of culture work enabling the privileged to cross the lines dividing them from others. It includes queer films on gender reassignment by the cross-dressing Indian director/actor Rituparno Ghosh, and the coming out of Angelina Jolie after her elective mastectomy and the media sensation around it.
I am also pleased to announce that our Advisory Board member Dr. Anita Krajnc was recently featured on SUN News Network and City TV for her regular implementation of Gandhian non-violence and civil disobedience against speciesism in Canada. Her work is highly recommended. CMCS also recommends TV host Shannon Skinner, former MTV host & hot for food blogger Lauren Toyota, National Post reporter Sarah Boseveld, and social media manager Christine Bode as media experts in cultural reports on fame, arts, culture and society. Their contributions and coverage of unique perspectives have been influential and are recommended in media practices. Please visit www.cmc-centre.com/experts for detailed information.
In educational and media outreach, we strongly ask all members to mobilize their research knowledge and informed opinions in print and broadcast media for academic and social progress.
- Would you like your academic research to influence ideas, people, and public policies?
- Do you want to learn how you can harness the power of media to reach out?
- Are you interested in discussing multidisciplinary, ground-breaking, speculative, and controversial ideas in an open and safe environment?
If you think that these questions apply to you, participate in our inaugural international conference Bridging Gaps: Media, Higher Education and Society.
The conference will be held on May 27-28, 2015 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The details of the call are at: http://cmc-centre.com/conference2015/.
The conference will include a professional development workshop on media and public relations. It will offer valuable insights in how scholars can become critics and experts in media.
Conference registration structure:
- $59 for paper presentation
- $149 for presentation and workshop participation
- $300 for complete conference attendance and publication in edited book. Publication of extended papers in a peer-reviewed journal for selected best papers
- 250-word abstract or panel / workshop proposal
- Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
- Submit to conference Chair Dr. Louis Massey at email@example.com
- Deadline for submission: November 30, 2014
- Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2015
Authors interested in panel / workshop proposal: contact the conference chair as soon as possible for guidelines and benefits.
On behalf of our Advisory and Editorial Board, it is always a pleasure to honour and contribute to a vibrant community of faculty, researchers, media practitioners, artists, and activists who are dedicated to excellence in research, production, and innovation. The development of CMCS would not have been possible without its board members, partners, sponsors, donors, participants, and supporting organizations.
If you would like to discuss a scholarly publication, creative production, or share research work with our board and readers in our growing research network, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud of your contributions and looking forward to supporting the progress of your work.
Dr. Samita Nandy and Team
Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies
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 and popular arts. 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.