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Launch of new journal - Persona Studies

In March 2015, PCP will  launch Persona Studies, a journal designed to facilitate an intellectual exchange, debate and discussion around persona and its constitution. It is an invitation to investigate its varied manifestations, its patterning in contemporary culture, its differentiation in different technological and cultural settings, and its conceptual and material significance and value.

The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie 1965–2015

Coming to Australia in 2015, ACMI presents David Bowie Is, the acclaimed globally touring exhibition. As part of this groundbreaking multi-media experience will be the conference, The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie 1965–2015, reflecting upon his cultural and artistic significance through the most important frames. The conference will run 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 to15 March 2016), and will be co-sponsored by the ACMI, the University of Melbourne and

Deakin University.

Call for Papers

Past Events

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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