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The Persona, Celebrity, Publics research group is comprised of a dynamic group of inter-disciplinary scholars, creative practitioners, and research students committed to examining the way public and private life is historically and presently constituted. The group's aims are to centrally look at the role of persona in political and everyday life, the meaning and significance of celebrity culture, and the way the public is mobilised in the global age. The group sees connections and discursive relays between these three areas, understanding contemporary life as being predicated on presentations, performances and representations of the self, the real, in a media rich world where famed individuals are highly regarded and carry economic and cultural worth.
The Persona, Celebrity, Publics research group is connected to the journal Celebrity Studies, its bi-annual conference, and to similarly constituted research groups in North America, Asia, and Europe. Its membership is comprised of researchers from Deakin University, and from associated members world-wide. The group is presently working on projects that include a book on David Bowie, an ethnographic led study of Youth, Community and Celebrity, the examination of Contemporary Publics, and Online Persona. An international symposium on contemporary publics will be held in Melbourne, in February 2014.
We welcome enquiries; to join our research group; from research students and post-doctoral students interested in studying and working with us; and from those with projects and initiatives the group could be connected with. Further details about our work can be found here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/scca/celebrity-persona/index.php
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