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[Commlist] CFP: Transformations in Celebrity Culture: The Fifth International Celebrity Studies Conference
Wed Jun 05 19:23:00 GMT 2019
CFP: Transformations in Celebrity Culture: The Fifth International
Celebrity Studies Conference
Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 June, 2020 | University of Winchester, UK.
http://celebritystudiesconference.com/ | #celebritystudies2020 |
(celebritystudies /at/ gmail.com)
Sponsored by the Culture-Media-Text Research Centre, Faculty of Arts,
University of Winchester.
Routledge and the University of Winchester are delighted to announce
Transformations in Celebrity Culture: The Fifth International Celebrity
Studies Journal conference.
Keynote speakers (confirmed):
● Dr. Nandana Bose, FLAME University, India.
● Dr. Anthea Taylor, University of Sydney, Australia.
● Prof. Brenda R. Weber, Indiana University Bloomington, USA.
● Dr. Milly Williamson, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Celebrity Studies is now a rich, diverse and established field of
academic study that focuses on the production, reception, and functions
- social, psychological and textual - of a wide range of public figures.
Building on theories of spectacle (Boorstin 1961), histories of fame
(Braudy 1986), and studies of stardom (Dyer 1979, 1986; Gledhill 1991;
Stacey 1994), the academic study of celebrity was given shape around the
turn of the century by a number of seminal books (DeCordova 1990; Gamson
1994; Marshall 1997; Turner, Bonner and Marshall 2000; Giles 2000; Rojek
2001; Turner 2004), readers (Marshall 2006; Redmond and Holmes 2007),
and edited collections (Holmes and Redmond 2006; Negra and Holmes 2011).
The last decade has seen the publication of new editions of now-classic
books (Turner 2014; Marshall 2014), new histories of celebrity (Inglis
2010; Lilti 2017), and a sustained expansion in myriad exciting
directions, including online fame (Marwick 2013), celebrity politics
(Wheeler 2013), celebrity and the environment (Brockington 2009),
transnational stardom (Meeuf and Raphael 2013), celebrity and ‘race’
(Mask 2009), celebrity feminism (Taylor 2017), celebrity and ageing
(Jermyn 2014), celebrity and disability (Howe and Parker 2012), the
political economy of celebrity (Williamson 2016), queering celebrity
(Halberstam 2013), celebrity and religion (Weber 2019), and literary
celebrity (Honings and Franssen 2017), among many others.
Since it first appeared in 2010 under the editorship of Sean Redmond and
Su Holmes, the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies has become a key
international publication in the field, providing an essential platform
for the best new critical scholarship on celebrity and stardom.
Following successful conferences in Melbourne, London, Amsterdam, and
Rome, Transformations in Celebrity Culture thus provides the opportunity
to both celebrate and take critical stock of the developments that
shaped and shook the field during the first 10 years of Celebrity
Studies journal, and to look forward into the future. In an era marked
by crisis and anxiety, how has our understanding of stardom changed?
What has been the impact of social, political, cultural and economic
developments on the cultures of celebrity? Do we discern new,
alternative forms of renown?
The conference committee invites abstracts for:
● Individual 20-minute papers
● Pre-constituted panels comprising 3 x 20 minute papers
● Individual short papers for work-in-progress masterclasses (for
postgraduates and Early Career Researchers)
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
The celebrity studies canon / Methodologies in celebrity studies /
Celebrity and technology / Star and celebrity branding / National,
international, and transnational stars / Reality TV and celebrity /
Post-network TV celebrity / Microcelebrity / Celebrity Influencers / DIY
celebrity / Local celebrity / Celebrity and politics / Celebrity and
austerity / Entrepreneurial celebrity / Celebrity and power / Celebrity
historiography / Literary celebrity / Sport and celebrity / Music and
celebrity / Royalty and other ascribed celebrity / Family dynasties /
Celebrity couples / Queer celebrity / Fame damage / Celebrity and affect
/ Celebrity and gender / Celebrity and genre / Anti-celebrity / The
phenomenology of celebrity / Cult stardom and celebrity / Music and
celebrity / Charisma and celebrity / Pathology and celebrity / Toxic
celebrity / Celebrity and news / Celebrity, sex and sexuality / Illness,
disability and celebrity / Celebrity art and artists / Celebrity and
class / ‘Race’, ethnicity and celebrity / Celebrity and persona / Video
games and celebrity / Extreme celebrity / Celebrity and crime /
Celebrity and privacy / Celebrity and pornography / Celebrity and
authenticity / Fame in virtual reality / Celebrity and fandoms /
Celebrity and memory / Posthumous celebrity / Celebrity pilgrimages
Deadline for abstracts: 1 October 2019.
All enquiries and submissions: (celebritystudies /at/ gmail.com)
Individual abstracts: 350 words | 50-word biography.
Pre-constituted panel abstracts: 150-word overview | 3 x 350-word
abstracts | 3 x 50-word bios | Name of lead contact and panel chair.
ECR Masterclasses (for advanced PhDs or early-stage postdocs): Short
outline of work (PhD thesis, chapter, project...) in progress: 150-350
words | 50-word biography | Sessions will include informal discussion,
moderated by members of the conference organization team, and sharing of
ideas in a safe and constructive environment; feedback will be offered
from keynote speakers and relevant senior academics.
Notifications of acceptance: 1 December 2019.
Abstracts should be submitted on Word documents. Please abide by the
maximum word limits.
Stipends will be awarded for the most promising abstract and best
conference presentation by postgraduate students. Please indicate on
your abstract if you wish to be considered for these.
A special issue of the best papers from the conference will be published
in Celebrity Studies Journal in 2021.
Neil Ewen, University of Winchester (chair)
Shelley Cobb, University of Southampton
Gaston Franssen, University of Amsterdam
David Giles, University of Winchester
Hannah Hamad, Cardiff University
Laura Hubner, University of Winchester
Erin Meyers, Oakland University
Sean Redmond, Deakin University
James Rendell, University of Winchester
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