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November 2011, Week 3


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Deborah Jermyn <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:55:49 -0600
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Age Spots and Spotlights: Celebrity, Performance and Ageing

A one-day research symposium held at Birkbeck, University of London 
Friday 9 December 2011 9.30am–5pm 
Venue: Theatre, Clore Management Centre, 2 Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX 

Co-Organised by Dr. Deborah Jermyn (Roehampton University) 
& Dr. Janet McCabe (Birkbeck, University of London) 

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ginette Vincendeau (King’s College, University of London) 

As celebrity studies becomes an increasingly prevalent focus of scholarly interest, what are some of the as yet under-explored topics and themes that such work must grapple with? This one-day research symposium opens up debate into this arena with attention to two significant (and interlinked) issues; performance and ageing. Encompassing both historical and topical case studies, speakers will consider a range of celebrities, stars and case studies drawn from different national and industrial contexts (including Brigitte Bardot; Franco Zeffirelli; The Trip; Kate Adie and Jon Simpson; Elizabeth Taylor and Diane Keaton). While performance ‘has often been notoriously undervalued and overlooked in the past’ (Creeber, 2010), ‘assessing ageing is one of the key tasks confronting celebrity studies today’ (Holmlund, 2010). ’Age spots and Spotlights’ will thus provide a timely intervention into both these fields at a critical moment in the expansion of celebrity studies. 

Additional speakers include: Dr. Mike Allen, Dr. Kirsty Fairclough, Dr. Deborah Jermyn, 
Dr. Janet McCabe, Dr. Tim Markham, Dr. Susan Smith and Prof. Mary Wood 

This event is free but booking is essential. To reserve a place visit: 

Enquiries to Deborah Jermyn at [log in to unmask] and Janet McCabe at [log in to unmask]

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