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Professional, Professionalising & Working Personas Colloquium

The construction of a persona in a work environment is a complex and under-researched area of public identity formation. This colloquium, held on Monday 23 November 2015, was designed to explore, discuss and debate our working/professional persona construction and meaning.

Building from the recent release (30 October) of the special issue of the Persona Studies journal entitled
Work(ing) Personas, the colloquium investigated some of the new directions and challenges in research that can be developed in the study of professional persona in a digital context.

The colloquium included the formal launch by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, of Persona Studies issue 2 and feature an opening address entitled “Personas at Work – An Extended Contemplation” by Dr Katja Lee, editor of this issue, and a panel roundtable discussion on the “Digital Professional Persona”.

Launch of new journal - Persona Studies

The Persona Celebrity Publics Research Node (PCP) was proud to launch the journal Persona Studies on Friday 1 May at the Deakin University Burwood Corporate Centre

The journal's development was facilitated by a Deakin Library initiative and has been in development for almost two years through the persona research cluster in PCP. The first issue has contributions from an international group of contributors around themes that relate to the use, analysis and deployment of persona in a variety of contexts. The journal is an online open access journal that is run by an Editorial Board and facilitated by an International Advisory Board of key scholars in related disciplines. You can visit the journal's web site at https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/ps/index

Past Events

The Quantified Self in the Age of Radical Transparency
Colloquium - 3 June 2016 

The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie

Earlier in  2015, ACMI presented David Bowie Is, the acclaimed globally touring exhibition. As part of this groundbreaking multi-media experience was the conference, The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie, reflecting upon Bowie's cultural and artistic significance through the most important frames. The conference ran at Federation Square in Melbourne alongside the internationally touring David Bowie Is Exhibition (in Australia from 16 July–1 November 2015 before moving on to Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands from 15 December 2015–15 March 2016), and was co-sponsored by the ACMI, the University of Melbourne and Deakin University    

Contemporary Publics International Symposium 24-25 February, 2014

Researchers in media and communication, cultural studies, creative arts and visual ethnography, journalism and public relations, architecture and urban design; postgraduate students, educators, and emerging career researchers, are invited to attend a major international symposium held at Deakin University on 24-25 February, 2014.

Celebrity Studies Conference London 2014

The 2nd Bi-Annual Celebrity Studies Journal Conference took place at Royal Holloway from 19-21 June, 2014. The conference was organised by James Bennett and Su Holmes, with the help of the conference review board.

The conference Keynote Speakers were:

Richard Dyer (Kings College, University of London)
Diane Negra (University College Dublin)
Sean Redmond (Deakin University, Melbourne)
Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Reading and Talking Out Loud
Seminar Series 2013-14

In this series of invited guest talks, leading scholars in the fields of persona, celebrity, and publics, addressed key concerns of their current research. Each speaker provided a reading or creative piece of their own choosing, that was representative of their work, or was work that has inspired them in some way. Presentations were 30 minutes long and took place on the first Friday of each month, from 10-12pm.

Professor Graeme Turner  on Friday 9 August gave a talk focusing on understanding celebrity.

Dr Clara Tuite, from the University of Melbourne, delivered a talk on literary celebrity, on Friday 6 September.

Associate Professor Felicity Collins, from La Trobe University, spoke on public notoriety, on Friday 4 October.

Dr Glenn D'Cruz, from Deakin University, delivered a presentation on an aspect of celebrity and performance, on Friday 1 November.

On Friday 6 December Associate Professor Denise Varney from the University of Melbourne, who is also co-director of the Australian Centre, spoke about Julia Gillard and the Performative Power of Affect.

Past News

Interview: Gender and Public Relations

Interview with Christine Daymon and Kristin Demetrious, editors of the new book Gender and Public Relations: Critical Perspectives on Voice, Image and Identity.

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