Routledge and Deakin University present the...


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Inaugural Celebrity Studies Journal Conference

Sponsored by the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention (CMII)

Celebrity Studies Conference

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Call For Papers

Conference Details

Celebrity Aura Exhibition

Keynote Speakers







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Call For Papers

Routledge and Deakin University, Melbourne are pleased to announce the inaugural Celebrity Studies Journal conference. The conference 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 inaugural Celebrity Studies Journal 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.

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 The TV Personality
Celebrity and performance National cinema, international stars 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    


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Conference Details

When: 12 - 14, December, 2012
Where: Deakin University, Burwood, Melbourne Australia
Enquiries/abstracts to:

Celebrity Aura Exhibition

The Celebrity Aura Exhibition and Cocktail Reception - exhibition poster (pdf) exhibition program (pdf) was held 12 December, 2012 at the Phoenix Gallery, Burwood, Melbourne Australia.
Background: Celebrity Aura was an art exhibition in conjunction with the Celebrity Studies conference. The School of Communication and Creative Arts held the art exhibition on the broad topic of Celebrity Aura.
Artists: Anna Swanson, Salote Tawale and Liz Baulch, Rozalind Drummond and Patrick West, Shelley Hannigan, Jondi Keane, Leon Marvell, Stephen Alomes, Michael Harkin, Rob Paine, Adrian Bruch and Lienors Torre.


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Keynote Speakers

Thank you to our wonderful Keynote speakers.

holmlund Professor Christine Holmlund
President SCMS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Christine Holmlund is Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor at the University of Tennessee and current President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She is the author of Impossible Bodies (Routledge, 2002), editor of American Cinema of the 1990s (Rutgers UP, 2008), co-editor (with Justin Wyatt) of Contemporary American Independent Film (Routledge, 2005) and (with Cynthia Fuchs) of Between the Sheets, In the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (Minnesota UP, 1997). A fourth anthology, The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur, is forthcoming soon with Columbia University Press/Wallflower. Current projects include books on Female Trouble and Being John Malkovich. s.
David Marshall Professor P. David Marshall
Deakin University

My research interests have focused on two areas: the public personality (which includes studies of celebrities, stars, public leaders and moments of fame and infamy); and the study of new media and the various forms of communication that have become elemental to contemporary life through new media.
susan Associate Professor Susan Murray
New York University

Research interests include: social and industrial histories of the media, visual culture, television studies, and the interrelationships between various media systems. Her work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Visual Culture, Cinema Journal, Television and New Media as well as numerous anthologies. Murray is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (Routledge, 2005) and the coeditor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (NYU Press, 2004; second edition, 2008) with Laurie Ouellette. Current projects include a history of early color television (1928-1965) and an edited volume on the history of amateur media.
Turner Professor Graeme Turner
University of Queensland

Graeme Turner is one of the leading figures in cultural and media studies in Australia and internationally. His research has covered a wide range of forms and media - literature, film, television, radio, new media, journalism, and popular culture. He has published 22 books with national and international academic presses, with the most recent being Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn (Sage, 2010) and What's Become of Cultural Studies? (forthcoming, Sage). A past president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and convenor of the ARC-funded Cultural Research Network (2006-2010), Graeme Turner has had considerable engagement with federal research and higher education policy. He is only the second humanities scholar to serve on the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. His ARC Federation Fellow project is an international comparative study of the role television plays in the post-broadcast, digital environment.

Christine Geraghty

Professor Christine Geraghty
University of Glasgow - Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow

Christine Geraghty is an Honorary Professorial Fellow of Film and Television at the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has published extensively on film and television with a particular interest in fiction and form in British cinema and television. She published two articles on stardom in the early 2000s, addressing questions of gender and performance in particular, and has pursued those interests in her more recent work on adaptations, including Now a Major Motion Picture Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Her BFI TV Classic on Bleak House (2005) is published in October 2012. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of British Cinema and Television and sits on the advisory boards of a number of journals, including Screen.



Registrations now closed. Registration details for the 2012 conference below.

Registration Cost
Earlybird Registration $300 Ends 29 June 2012
Standard Registration $375
Student Registration $150
Daily Rate $120
Cocktail Reception FREE

Symposium Convenors

sean redmond Associate Professor Sean Redmond

I research in the areas of stardom and celebrity; genre studies, and science fiction cinema in particular; film authorship; film sound; film and affect; Asian Cinema; and whiteness studies. I edit the journal Celebrity Studies, short-listed for the best new academic journal 2011.

james bennett Dr James Bennett is Senior Lecturer in Television Studies. His work focuses on digital television as well as TV fame. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a 2-year AHRC grant, multiplatforming public service broadcasting (AH-H018522-2), which examines the role independents and multiplatform productions play in the future of PSB. He is the author of Television Personalities: Stardom and the Small Screen (Routledge, 2010) and the editor (with Niki Strange) of Television as Digital Media (Duke University Press, 2011) and (with Tom Brown) Film & Television After DVD (Routledge, 2008). His work has been published in Screen, Cinema Journal, Convergence, New Review of Film & Television, and Celebrity Studies Journal.


Conference Program

Full conference program - click on the image below to downloaded (pdf - large file) or the timetable only here.

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Associate Professor Sean Redmond
Associate Professor in Media and Communication
School of Communication and Creative Arts
Faculty of Arts and Education
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Tel: +61 3 924 43931


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