Dear all,

A reminder that there is just two weeks until the CFP for the inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference at Deakin University, Melbourne (12-14 December 2012), closes. 

To encourage postgraduate applicants, we have announced the provisional award of 2 x AUS$1,000 travel bursary grants to the best postgraduate abstracts submitted to the conference. Applicants interested in being considered for the bursary should clearly indicate their postgraduate standing in their bio line.

Inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference – CFP
When: December 12-14th, 2012
Where: Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Deadline for abstracts: March 5th 2012 (500words, +50 word bio; for 3x person panels: panel title, lead/contact person; 3x 500 word abstracts, plus 3x individual 50 word biographies))
Successful abstracts notified by: 6th April
Enquiries/abstracts to: [log in to unmask]
Conference Website:

Sponsored by the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, Deakin University.

Routledge and Deakin University are pleased to announce the inaugural Celebrity Studies conference. The conference organised by Sean Redmond and James Bennett, will be the first major international, inter-disciplinary forum for discussion and analysis of the growing field of celebrity studies. Drawing on the strength of the CSJ editorial team, the conference welcomes submissions from a broad range of disciplines that generate new ways of thinking and understanding celebrity: from film, television, digital media and theatre studies through to sociology, politics and business studies.
The first inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference will be themed on the question of ‘celebrity studies now'. This subject will run through our plenaries and form a strand running throughout the conference. However, we invite abstracts for individual 20 minute papers or pre-constituted panels of 3 x 20minute papers on any topic in celebrity studies.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
·          Richard Dyer (Kings College, University of London)

      Christine Holmlund (President SCMS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

·           P. David Marshall (Deakin University)

·          Susan Murray (New York University)

·         Graeme Turner (University of Queensland)

A special issue of the best papers from the conference will be published in Celebrity Studies in 2013. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
·      The celebrity studies canon
·      The value of fame
·      Method: how to do celebrity studies
·      Star and celebrity images
·      Pop stardom
·      National cinema, international stars
·      The TV Personality
·      Celebrity and performance
·      Digital platforms
·      DIY celeb
·      Ordinary celebrity
·      Austerity and celebrity
·      American Quality TV
·      Entrepreneurial celebrity
·      Olympic celebrity
·      Celebrity fandom
·      Literary celebrity
·      Queer celebrity
·      The celebrity ambassador
·      Fame damage
·      Celebrity affect, emotion
·      Celebrity and gender
·      Anti-celebrity
·      The phenomenology of celebrity
·      Cult stardom and celebrity
·      Charisma and celebrity
·      Pathology and celebrity
·      Toxic celebrity
·      Celebrity and news
·      The sexualisation of celebrity
·      Celebrity art/artists
·      Race, ethnicity and celebrity
·      Celebrity and persona
·      Porn stars
·      Sport and celebrity
·      Gaming and celebrity culture
·      Political fame

Deadline for abstracts: March 5th 2012 (individual abstracts 500 words, plus a 50 word biography; For 3x person panels: panel title, lead/contact person; 3x 500 word abstracts, plus 3x individual 50 word biographies)
Successful abstracts will be notified by: 6th April 2012
Enquiries/abstracts to: [log in to unmask] 

Sean Redmond
James Bennett

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite