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‘Celebrity Forum’ Special Issue of Celebrity Studies Journal (Routledge) 

Michael Jackson: Celebrity, Death & the King of Pop

Michael Jackson’s recent death, its wall-to-wall rolling news coverage and
the outpouring of public grief that accompanied it confirms not only the
centrality of celebrity in contemporary life, but Jackson’s role in defining
celebrity culture and the parameters, benchmarks and excesses of pop
stardom. The Celebrity Studies Journal ‘celebrity forum’ section seeks
short, provocative and open-ended pieces for a special issue on Jackson and
his death. Please send abstracts of no more than 150words, together with a
50word biography to [log in to unmask] by 30th September. 

Topics can include, but should not be limited to:

•	Reflections on his role in shaping the meaning of celebrity culture
•	Coverage of his death and funeral
•	Public mourning and pop ‘royalty’
•	Grief tourism
•	The legacy of child stardom

Guidelines for the section and final articles are below. Accepted papers
will be notified in early October, with papers due by 1st December. 

Celebrity Forum
Celebrity Forum provides a space for timely responses to contemporary and
historical issues in celebrity culture. We encourage submissions in two
forms: 1,000-1,500 words (including notes) “think pieces”, including case
studies, which should be provocative and open-ended, encouraging exchange
and debate. Alternatively, we invite 500-1,000 word (including notes)
submissions of comments and views on previous articles published within
either the main section of the journal or Celebrity Forum. Above all,
Celebrity Forum is designed to be dialogical and primarily engaged with
cutting edge developments in celebrity and its study.

Celebrity Studies is a journal that focuses on the critical exploration of
celebrity, stardom and fame. It seeks to make sense of celebrity by drawing
upon a range of (inter)disciplinary approaches, media forms, historical
periods and national contexts. Celebrity Studies aims to address key issues
in the production, circulation and consumption of fame, and its
manifestations in both contemporary and historical contexts, while
functioning as a key site for academic debate about the enterprise of
celebrity studies itself.

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