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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
43rd 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
Josh Nathan
Shannon Skinner 

Advisory Board

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam
Dr Nicole Bojko
Dr Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Radha Maharaj
Dr Robinder Sehdev
Dr Yaya Mori
Tushar Unadkat
Ravi Kumar

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Nalini Mohabir

Dr Will Visconti 
Nidhi Shrivastava
Christine Bode

Communication Manager

Dr Louis Massey

Founding Director

Dr Samita Nandy

Featured Publications

Celebrity Studies

Fame in Hollywood North

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity


Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society




Please note the updated CFP and links (below).

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)
5th International Conference

Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism?
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

New York City, USA
August 31 – September 1, 2017

2017 NYC Conference Keynote Speakers:

Day 1 Keynote Speaker:

Andrew Mendelson
Associate Dean & Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Everyone’s a critic: The role of the media scholar in in the age of instant and pervasive commenting

In an era, of Twitter, Medium, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms, everyone can and does comment in real-time about everything they are reading, watching and hearing. Our social media feeds flow with observations, both banal and insightful, mild and snarky, measured at thousands of observations per minute. The effect is multiplied by reposts, retweets and shares, to the point that it is impossible to keep up. So, where in this avalanche of annotation do media scholars fit? Does their expertise matter when everyone feels they are media literate?


Day 2 Keynote Speaker

P. David Marshall

Professor and Personal Chair, DEAKIN University

Pandemic Mediatized Identity: Professional Personas as Public Intellectuals in the social media and “presentational media” era
One of the most major transformations in contemporary culture is the mediatization of the self.  Across an array of social media platforms – from Twitter and Facebook to Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest and YouTube (and this list could be extended to games use and even fitness sharing) – we have had a proliferation of ways and means to present oneself publicly. This pandemic change is having repercussions across the social (Marshall, 2016), political (Marshall and Henderson, 2016) and cultural world (Marshall, 2015b) as a presentational media and cultural regime continues to be on ascendance.  This new regime is replacing what I have called the representational media and cultural regime – which identifies the incomplete breakdown and transformation of what could be described as legacy media. 



In broadcast journalism, the notion of the ‘TV academic’ is rare but important with the origins related to the Fourth Estate’s veritable position as critical government watchdogs. Similar in nature to questions on conflating the journalist with celebrity in popular discourse are those surrounding the academic and celebrity. In his case, Birmingham City University professor and broadcaster David Wilson discovered, “The greatest tension is the growing perception by some members of the public that I am a celebrity, rather than an academic.” At the same time, he notes that the benefits of being a public scholar greatly outweigh the downsides.

Mainstream TV uses social media to augment its reach, facilitating dialogues between actors and viewers. These dominant tactics further engage by mitigating the role of perceived mediators between celebrities and their on-screen personas. In an analogous way, more conversations that include academics are crucial in mainstream TV. Without them, redefining or redesigning efforts that stimulate critical faculties in the collective mind and make for good citizenry become lost amidst the noise of what postmodern French philosopher Jean Baudrillard once characterized as an era of “more and more information, and less and less meaning”.

So how can an academic produce a TV show or offer television appearances while disregarding stereotypical trappings associated with the ‘celebrity academic’? How can these efforts be accomplished in ways that preserve the integrity of the academe yet also cater to mass audience within one’s area of scholarship? What are some ethical tactics and key platforms in which these voices are best and most widely heard?

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps conference, in association with CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites academics, journalists, publicists, producers and guests to attend, speak and collaborate at the international conference Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism? Join us in NYC where the conference will uniquely combine vibrant roundtable and workshop panels with a CMCS TV proposal in a collaborative network.

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive ranging from interdisciplinary academic scholars to practitioners involved in all areas of television journalism, including tactics related to engagement capitalizing on existing public and private television channels and evolving forms of social media—from YouTube to Vimeo, Zoom to Jing, Periscope to Google Hangout. Working papers and media productions will be considered for the conference.
Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in an edited book.

Registration includes: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshop, access to evening receptions, complimentary evening drinks, consideration for publication, and the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 best screen awards.

Submission guidelines:

  • 250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
  • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
  • Submit to conference Chairs Andrea Marshall, Josh Nathan, and William Huddy at email address:
  • Deadline for abstract submission: April 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: June 15, 2017
  • Conference reception and presentations: August 31 – September 1, 2017
Celebrity Chat Video Submissions:
  • 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 email address:
  • Deadline for abstract submission: April 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: June 15, 2017
  • Conference reception and presentations: August 31 – September 1, 2017
Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Television Studies
  • TV Celebrity
  • Celebrity Academic
  • Onscreen Persona
  • Fandom
  • Audience
  • Publicity
  • News
  • Interviews
  • Social Media
  • Online Video
  • Fiction
  • Genre
  • Biography
  • Literature
  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Performance
  • Life Writings
  • Theory and Methods
  • Research Agenda
  • Business Models
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Media Literacy
  • Education and Advocacy
  • International Relations
  • Community Building
  • Business and Community Partnership

Conference Key Media Speaker: Tim Harper

Conference Chairs: Andrea Marshall, Josh Nathan, and William Huddy

William Huddy earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Denver (2012). Prior to academia, Huddy worked as a journalist and anchored television newscasts in Colorado Springs, Colorado, El Paso, Texas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Fort Myers, Florida. He’s a Past-President (2007) of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association, and an active member of the National Communication Association since 2001. He teaches Political and Campaign Communication, Communication Research and Theory Building, Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking at Metropolitan State University of Denver (since 2013), with a research focus on student engagement and communication activism. His most recent publication came from the Sept. 2-3, 2015 Center for Media and Celebrity Studies Conference presentation of his paper, “Corporate Colonization and the Myth of Authentic Journalism.”

Josh Nathan graduated from Northwestern University, Magna cum Laude, in Journalism before spending 10 years working on-air as a television reporter and a National Weather Association certified meteorologist. His final position in TV was with the NBC affiliate in Hawaii, where he was also finishing his graduate degree. A professor with The Art Institutes in Critical Thinking and Communication, he began teaching for the University of Colorado Denver last year. He serves as an Academic Critic for the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) and is co-chair of its NYC 2017 conference. Quoted on a variety of subjects in international forums with several journal publications to his credit, Nathan wrote his first book about the ways in which news changes the collective memory of events, altering historical narratives. His second book, Too Mad to Trust (2015), was a departure aimed at curbing rising communicative disorders in children, and he is currently completing his PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies at Colorado State University.

Andrea Marshall’s interdisciplinary work seeks to understand how informal learning environments support the construction of gendered expertise in sociotechnical contexts. She aims at creating value sensitive educational practices that synthesize new approaches to skill building and nonlinear learning processes, in order to better comprehend how we can create innovative pedagogical approaches that support diversity in terms of both varied gender expressions and multivalent learning styles. Andrea Marshall is completing her Doctoral research in Computing & Informatics at Drexel University.

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