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Susan Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 12 May 2004 09:33:27 +0100
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Celebrity Culture
                        Su Holmes and Sean Redmond

Proposals are sought for a new edited collection on the topic of celebrity.

Celebrity Culture will represent a significant intervention in the field on
a number of different levels. Essentially, what we are proposing here is a
book which brings together approaches to stardom and celebrity which range
across historical periods, media forms and national contexts - as well as
disciplinary borders and modes of enquiry (film, television, music, sport,
Internet, print media).  The book aims to bring together a broad range of
essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international
landscape of today?s fame culture.

Proposals can be historical or contemporary and may explore (but are not
limited to) the following areas:

     Discussions of star/ celebrity theory (critique/ revisitation/
     Analyses of historical shifts in fame
     The impact of ?new? media technologies on celebrity construction /
consumption (digital technologies, internet, cyberspace)
     Celebrity journalism/ magazines
     Celebrity and Reality TV
     Celebrity fandom/ fan cultures / subcultures
     Celebrity and issues of gender/ sexuality/ ethnicity/ class /
national identity
     Celebrity ?branding? / promotion
     Celebrity and politics/ politicians

Addressed to [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
proposals should be approximately 300-400 words, and include a brief
biographical note and contact details. Deadline October1st 2004.

Su Holmes is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Southampton
Institute, UK. She is the co-editor of Understanding Reality TV (Routledge,
2004) and author of British Television and Film Culture in the 1950s:
Coming to a TV Near You! (Intellect, 2005).

Sean Redmond is Principal Lecturer at Southampton Institute, UK. He is the
co-editor of The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor
(Wallflower, 2003), editor of Liquid Metal: the Science Fiction Film Reader
(Wallflower, 2004), and  author of Studying Chunking Express (Auteur Press,

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