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Courtney White <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 23 Aug 2011 09:07:43 -0700
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We are looking for one more paper to fill out a panel on celebrity
activism for the upcoming SCMS conference:

This panel seeks to explore the ways in which film actors, television
personalities, musicians, etc., have mobilized their celebrity for
political and social causes, and the economic and social effects of
these mobilizations. Case studies may include either past or
contemporary celebrity activists—from Paul Newman (who campaigned for
Senator Eugene McCarthy in 1968, among many other political and
philanthropic efforts), to Doris Day (whose Doris Day Animal
Foundation has operated since 1978), to Leonardo DiCaprio (whose
personal, financial, and professional contributions to combat global
warming have been widely publicized).

Potential papers may consider: In what ways can the celebrity
contribute to cultural, political, and/or social transformation? How
do industrial changes contribute to or affect celebrity activism? How
does political or social activism inform the celebrity's professional
career? How do politically or socially active celebrities complicate
theoretical notions of celebrity culture? What roles do race, class,
gender, and/or sexuality play in legitimating or delegitimizing the
star body as political? How do new technologies, such as social
networking media, influence the discourses of both celebrity and
activism, either by giving the celebrity an immediate platform (i.e.
the recent Ashton Kutcher/Village Voice feud) or by joining
celebrities and non-celebrities in activist work (i.e. the It Gets
Better Project)?

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words, a 5-item
bibliography, and a short bio to Elena Bonomo ([log in to unmask]) and
Courtney White ([log in to unmask]) by August 29th, 2011. Participants
will be notified by no later than August 30th.

Courtney White

Courtney White
Critical Studies
School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California

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