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Dr Samita Nandy <[log in to unmask]>
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We are pleased to announce Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)
conference keynote talks by professors Andrew Mendelson and P. David
Marshall at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (August 31-September 1,
2017). Conference details are available here:
<> *CFP deadline*: April 15, 2017

*Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 5th International Conference*

*Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism?*
*CUNY Graduate School of Journalism*
*New York City, USA*
*August 31 – September 1, 2017*

*Keynote Speakers*:

*Andrew Mendelson*
Associate Dean & Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (New York
City, USA)

*Everyone’s a critic: The role of the media scholar in in the age of
instant and pervasive commenting*

In an era, of Twitter, Medium, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms,
everyone can and does comment in real-time about everything they are
reading, watching and hearing. Our social media feeds flow with
observations, both banal and insightful, mild and snarky, measured at
thousands of observations per minute. The effect is multiplied by reposts,
retweets and shares, to the point that it is impossible to keep up. So,
where in this avalanche of annotation do media scholars fit? Does their
expertise matter when everyone feels they are media literate?

*More*: <>*

*P. David Marshall *
Professor and Personal Chair, DEAKIN University (Melbourne, Australia)

*Pandemic Mediatized Identity: Professional Personas as Public
Intellectuals in the social media and “presentational media” era*

One of the most major transformations in contemporary culture is the
mediatization of the self. Across an array of social media platforms – from
Twitter and Facebook to Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest and YouTube
(and this list could be extended to games use and even fitness sharing) –
we have had a proliferation of ways and means to present oneself publicly.
This pandemic change is having repercussions across the social (Marshall,
2016), political (Marshall and Henderson, 2016) and cultural world
(Marshall, 2015b) as a *presentational media and cultural regime* continues
to be on ascendance.  This new regime is replacing what I have called
the *representational
media and cultural regime* – which identifies the incomplete breakdown and
transformation of what could be described as legacy media.



In broadcast journalism, the notion of the ‘TV academic’ is rare but
important with the origins related to the Fourth Estate’s veritable
position as critical government watchdogs. Similar in nature to questions
on conflating the journalist with celebrity in popular discourse are those
surrounding the academic and celebrity. In his case, Birmingham City
University professor and broadcaster David Wilson discovered, “The greatest
tension is the growing perception by some members of the public that I am a
celebrity, rather than an academic.” At the same time, he notes that the
benefits of being a public scholar greatly outweigh the downsides.

Mainstream TV uses social media to augment its reach, facilitating
dialogues between actors and viewers. These dominant tactics further engage
by mitigating the role of perceived mediators between celebrities and their
on-screen personas. In an analogous way, more conversations that include
academics are crucial in mainstream TV. Without them, redefining or
redesigning efforts that stimulate critical faculties in the collective
mind and make for good citizenry become lost amidst the noise of what
postmodern French philosopher Jean Baudrillard once characterized as an era
of “more and more information, and less and less meaning”.

So how can an academic produce a TV show or offer television appearances
while disregarding stereotypical trappings associated with the ‘celebrity
academic’? How can these efforts be accomplished in ways that preserve the
integrity of the academe yet also cater to mass audience within one’s area
of scholarship? What are some ethical tactics and key platforms in which
these voices are best and most widely heard?

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) *Bridging Gaps*
conference, in association with sponsors Centre for Ecological, Social, and
Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites
academics, journalists, publicists, producers and guests to attend, speak
and collaborate at the international conference *Bridging Gaps: Where is
the Critic in Television Journalism*? Join us in NYC where the conference
will uniquely combine vibrant roundtable and workshop panels with a CMCS TV
proposal in a collaborative network.

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive ranging from
interdisciplinary academic scholars to practitioners involved in all areas
of television journalism, including tactics related to engagement
capitalizing on existing public and private television channels and
evolving forms of social media—from YouTube to Vimeo, Zoom to Jing,
Periscope to Google Hangout. Working papers and media productions will be
considered for the conference.

Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in an edited

*Registration includes*: Your printed package for the complete conference,
professional development workshop, access to evening receptions,
complimentary evening drinks, consideration for publication, and the CMCS
$100 best paper and $100 best screen awards.

*Submission guidelines:*

   - 250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
      - Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if
      - Submit to conference Chairs Andrea Marshall, Josh Nathan, and
      William Huddy at email address: *[log in to unmask]*
      <[log in to unmask]>
      - Deadline for abstract submission: *April 15, 2017*
      - Notification of acceptance:* May 15, 2017*
      - Early bird registration deadline: *June 15, 2017*
      - Full text due:* July 30, 2017*
      - Conference reception and presentations:* August 31 – September 1,

*Celebrity Chat** Video Submissions:*

   - Video length should be 10-20 minutes
   - Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if
   - Submit to *Celebrity Chat *producer Jackie Raphael at email address:
   *[log in to unmask]*
   <[log in to unmask]" target="_blank">http:[log in to unmask]>
   - Deadline for abstract submission: *April 15, 2017*
   - Notification of acceptance:* May 15, 2017*
   - Early bird registration deadline: *June 15, 2017*
   - Conference reception and presentations: *August 31 – September 1, 2017*

*Topics include but are not limited to:*

   - Television Studies
   - TV Celebrity
   - Celebrity Academic
   - Onscreen Persona
   - Fandom
   - Audience
   - Publicity
   - News
   - Interviews
   - Social Media
   - Online Video
   - Fiction
   - Genre
   - Biography
   - Literature
   - Fashion
   - Photography
   - Performance
   - Life Writings
   - Theory and Methods
   - Research Agenda
   - Business Models
   - Ethics and Morality
   - Media Literacy
   - Education and Advocacy
   - International Relations
   - Community Building
   - Business and Community Partnerships

*Conference URL*: **
*Twitter*: @celeb_studies <>

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