CMCS has been covered by CTV National News, OMNI TV, Chatelaine and Flare Magazines
The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international organization that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture. CMCS carries a pedagogical philosophy that inspires integration of research and media skills training in academic and public discourses of fame. The centre believes in intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical values of bridging gaps in higher education and media. With this view, CMCS helps coordinating research, publications, creative productions, and media commentaries to restore artistic and ethical acts for social change.
For this purpose, CMCS offers a library where academics, artists, and aficionados can explore readings and creative productions in relation to fame. The purpose of the library is to empower and engage in thoughts, productions, and publishing on media and celebrity culture. While most books, articles, and audio-visual material are available in digital formats, other material can be accessed at libraries and book stores.
The centre aims to extend the library and connect with readers and cultural producers through lectures, seminars, and workshops. Stay tuned for further updates on the library space.
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Public Talk CMCS media expert Shannon Skinner presenting with the Dean of the College of Arts & Science, Peta Bonham-Smith, at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina, October 7, 2015
Workshop CMCS board member Dr Samita Nandy and media expert Shannon Skinner offers a media skills training workshop at the Feminist Art Conference, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University, Toronto, September 27, 2015
Publication CMCS board member Dr Louis Massey publishes L’ardente fluidité du temps (French Edition), September 23, 2015
Award Andrew Zolides receives the $100 best paper award at the CMCS conference in New York City. Elliot Pill and Rebecca Halliday receive the first runner-up and second runner-up awards respectively. September 3, 2015
Conference Bridging Gaps: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism? The Terrace Club, New York City, September 2-3, 2015. The full conference program is available for download as a PDF file here. Highlights of the conference are here.
Media Coverage CMCS Board Members Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Samita Nandy in “Overnight Celebrity” https://www.prote.in/en/briefings/overnight-celebrity, August 2015
Publication CMCS Board Member Dr Robert Caine’s book Teaching Compassion (2015) published by WaterHill Publishing http://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Compassion-On-Behalf-Animals/dp/0993993826
Publication Book chapters by CMCS inaugural conference delegates published in R. S. Caine, H. Wheaton, and L. Massey, (Eds). (2015). Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society. Toronto: WaterHill Publishing http://www.amazon.com/Bridging-Gaps-Higher-Education-Society/dp/0993993818
Publication CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy’s chapter “Persona, Celebrity, and Selfies in Social Justice: Authenticity in Celebrity Activism” published in J. R. Carvalheiro & A. S. Tellería (Eds.) Mobile and Digital Communication: Approaches to Public and Private. Covilhã: LabCom Books
Book Review Sean Redmond’s Celebrity & the Media (Under Review), June-July, 2015
Publication WaterHill Publishing to release CMCS conference proceedings and edited book Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society, Toronto, June 2015
Media Coverage CMCS covered by Shannon Skinner Live, VoiceAmerica (Radio), May 2015
Award Stephanie Patrick wins the $100 CMCS Best Paper Award, May 2015
Conference Inaugural CMCS conference Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society. Ryerson University, Toronto, May 2015
Media Coverage CMCS covered by Canada’s no.1 Chatelaine Magazine (Print Edition) April 2015
Invited Talk CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy presenting “Selfies in Celebrity Activism: Persona in Celebrity Photography and Social Justice” at international Conference ‘Public and Private in Mobile Communications’ Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal, March 2015
Media Coverage CMCS covered by Canada’s no.1 Chatelaine and Flare Magazines (Online Edition). March 2015 http://www.flare.com/health/is-gwyneth-paltrow-making-you-sick/
Community Partner CMCS is now a community partner of Feminist Art Conference (FAC) at OCAD University, Toronto, March 2015
Video Series CMCS video series starts with CMCS Board Member Dr Jackie Raphael and Professor David Marshall about authentic persona and celebrity culture in Perth, Australia, February 2015
Journal Publication CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy published “Theatre, Performance, and Memories in Fame” in Celebrity Studies (Routledge), London, UK, February2015
Seminar Presentation CMCS Board Members Dr Hilary Wheaton and Dr Samita Nandy present “The Value-form of Persona: Celebrity Scandal, Activism, and Commodities. Inaugural Persona Studies Working Papers Symposium. Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, February 2015
Media Interview CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy interviewed for Chatelaine magazine, Canada, January 2015
Media Coverage: CMCS Board Member & The Save Movement co-founder Dr Anita Krajnc featured as one of the top 16 people who made a difference in 2014, Huffington Post, December 2014
Media Coverage: “Exploring the Power of Celebrity”, SNAPD Queens Edition, October 2014 http://www.snapdqueen.com/?option=com_sngevents&id%5B0%5D=708451&utm_source=email&utm_medium=snapd
Public Campaign: CMCS Advisory Board member Dr. Anita Krajnc raises $36,000 in 3 weeks for mass education and activism in Toronto Transit Commission. Details in the 2014 Fall edition of CMCS newsletter Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry Vol. 4
Media Coverage Urban Television and FUSIA Magazine, September 2014
Seminar Series IV “The Inspirational Power of Film Festival Celebrities and Their Movies” at industREALarts room (688 Richmond Street) on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Starts 7 pm.
Media Coverage: V-Mix, OMNI TV on Rogers Television, June and July 2014 http://www.omnitv.ca/on/en/videos/3649125163001/
Seminar Series III “Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Media, Diversity and Social Justice” at IndustREAL Arts Room (688 Richmond Street) on May 30, 2014. Starts 6 pm.
Seminar Series II “Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Paths, Success and Love” at IndustREAL Arts Room (688 Richmond Street) on March 29, 2014.
Media Coverage CTV News interview with CMCS Advisory Board member Dr. Anita Krajnc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1BR1H9yAU8#t=184, January 2014
Seminar Series I: “Ethics with Elegance” on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
Media Coverage Rogers Television, FUSIA Magazine, SNAP Downtown Toronto News, ANOKHI Media, Mississauga News, Scully Love Promo, Canadian Journalism Foundation in November – August 2013
Launch Event at The Inner Garden in Toronto, Canada, August 29, 2013
CMCS provides members with timely updates on professional developments, latest research, intellectual exchanges, and collaborative projects in media studies, popular culture and celebrity studies. Membership is free and open to academics, media professionals, creative practitioners, students, and all community members.