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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
41st 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

CrossBridge

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society

 
 
 

 

 
 

We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Los Angeles CMCS conference program and guest registration are now available at: http://cmc-centre.com/conferences/losangeles/. Select Option D to register for the media and career workshop only. Please find below the CFPs for the forthcoming conferences in New York City.

 



Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies 5th International Conference

Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism?
CUNY School of Journalism
New York City, USA
August 31-September 1, 2017

 
Conference Keynote Speaker:

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

Conference Key Media Speaker:

Tim Harper
Journalist & Visiting Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Call for Papers

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 sponsors 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 workshops, coffee / tea breaks, 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 Josh Nathan and Andrea Marshall at email address: celeb.studies2017@gmail.com
  • Deadline for abstract submission: April 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: June 31, 2017
  • Full text due: July 30, 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 producerJackie Raphael at email address: celeb.studies2017@gmail.com
  • Deadline for abstract submission: April 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: June 31, 2017
  • Full text due: July 30, 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 Partnerships  
Conference Keynote: Andrew Mendelson
Conference Key Media Speaker: Tim Harper
Conference Chairs: Josh Nathan and Andrea Marshall
Committee: Samita Nandy, Nicole Bojko, Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam
Conference URL:
www.cmc-centre.com/nyc2017 Twitter @celeb_studies #BGCS17



NYC 2017 WaterHill Publishing Inaugural Writers Conference:
Call for Writers


Terrace Club
New York City, USA
September 2-3, 2017


Writers often have a unique story to tell and they give voice to a cause. When faced with fierce competition in the publishing industry, the unique voice may get lost in demands to create a standardized publication that may or may not turn out to be popular to many readers.

The role of a literary agent is often vital to publish books and adapt the books for film and television productions. Yet, pitching to a literary agent can remain a challenge for many writers.

Whether you work with an agent or not, it is critically important to find your voice, tell your story, publish in the form of books, essays, and op-eds, and reach out through the media.

WaterHill Publishing, in association with Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), invites established and emerging writers to present writings at our inaugural writers’ conference series in New York City. We particularly aim to establish safe spaces of writing and will work with writers to address the following themes:
  • Find your voice and tell your story
  • Who gets to be a writer? How can we support each other and overcome obstacles to publication, especially for those under-represented in the publishing industry? 
  • Bridge gaps between creative imagination and critical thinking
  • Review written drafts and receive feedback in groups
  • Establish your area of expertise and learn how to pitch to op-eds and essays
  • Build a media platform and use public relations to reach out to a wide range of readers
The best writings will be reviewed, selected, and offered publication in an edited book.

Registration includes: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening receptions, complimentary evening drinks, consideration for publication, and the WaterHill Publishing $100 best writing award.

Submission guidelines:
  • 250-word writing proposal
  • Include your name, bio, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
  • Send submission to email address: writersconf@waterhillpublishing.com
  • Deadline for submission: April 31, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: May 30, 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: June 31, 2017
  • Regular registration deadline: July 30, 2017
  • Conference dates: September 2-3, 2017
WaterHill Publishing aims at publishing books and periodicals that:
  • raise provocative questions and propose innovative solutions
  • bridge gaps between theories and practice
  • lead to personal and social change

Our authors are both emergent and established inspirational thought leaders who bring forth provocative and actionable ideas.

Conference Chair: Saul Courrier
Conference Committee: Ashley Barthes, Kofi Forson and Andrea Marshall
Conference URL:
http://www.waterhillpublishing.com/events/nycconf2017.html
Twitter: @whpublishing #WH2017
 
 


 

 

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