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[Commlist] CFP Reinvigorating and Reinventing Stardom

Thu Aug 15 16:30:12 GMT 2019

*/Reinvigorating and Reinventing Stardom/*

Saturday 2 November 2019

University of Warwick, Millburn House

Organisers: Julie Lobalzo Wright (University of Warwick) and Eleonora Sammartino (King’s College London)

Keynote: Sarah Thomas (University of Liverpool)

Sponsored by BAFTSS and Warwick Humanities Research Centre

This year marks the 40^th anniversary of the publication of Richard Dyer’s foundational study of film stardom,/Stars/(BFI, 1979). While this work has been instrumental, charting the framework that has dominated star studies in the following four decades, the study of stardom has expanded areas referenced in/Stars/(fandom, archival research, cultural types) and issues not studied in the book (national cinematic stars, multimedia stardom, celebrities). Stardom and performance continue to be subjects of fascination with new work emerging from the BFI Film Stars series and the/Celebrity Studies/journal, in addition to singular studies exploring the overlap between stars and other subjects (David McGowan’s/Animated Personalities: Cartoon Characters and Stardom in American Theatrical Shorts/(2019); the recent special issue of the/Film-Philosophy/journal, ‘Stardom and Philosophy’ (2019); and Lorraine York’s/Reluctant Celebrity: Affect and Privilege in Contemporary Stardom/(2018)). While/Stars/remains an important reference point, star studies is reinventing itself through new lines of inquiry, reinvigorating one of the most essential subject areas in Film and Television Studies.

This symposium acts as the first major event to emerge from the BAFTSS special interest group, Performance and Stardom. The SIG has been organised to promote and support the fascinating new work emerging from these broad topics. The symposium seeks to highlight some of the current research that is reinvigorating and reinventing star studies through pioneering archival research, new theoretical paradigms, and developing links between star studies and, for example, performance, celebrity, fandom, philosophy, and animation. Papers are sought that approach stardom through these new avenues, possibly even reflecting on how star studies has expanded since/Stars/, or considering the importance of reinvention, not just within the field of star studies, but how stars have reinvented themselves throughout their careers.

The remit for this symposium is broad with the intention to manufacture links between those that attend and encourage scholars working within the fields of stardom and performance. Although sponsored by BAFTSS, this event is open to all, not just BAFTSS members, and we wish to urge, especially, postgraduate students and early career researchers to submit proposals and attend the event.

Further topics may include, but are not limited to:

  * The history of star or performance studies
  * Dyer’s/Stars/and/or/Heavenly Bodies/as foundational works in the field
  * Reinvention in star studies/performance
  * Reinvention within particular stars careers
  * Interdisciplinary approaches to star studies/performance (audience
    studies, media studies, social sciences)
  * Innovative approaches to star/performance studies (archival sources,
    historiography, practice-based research)
  * Stardom/Performance and new media (social media platforms, video
    games, digital media, YouTube)
  * Transmedia stardom/performance
  * Transnational stars
  * Identity and stardom/performance (postcolonial approaches,
    disability studies, queer studies, critical race theory)
  * Fandom and star studies/performance

Please send_300 word_paper abstracts and a short biography of no more than_100 (words_tobaftssstars /at/ <mailto:(baftssstars /at/>by*1 September 2019*. Successful proposals will be notified by the end of September.

It is the intention that select papers (or shorter versions) will be published on the Performance and Stardom blog ( <>).

Further information: It is expected there will be no conference fee for the symposium. Millburn House is a fully accessible building. Please do contact the conference organisers if you have any queries.

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