CMCS developed in response to needs that faculty, students and media professionals have expressed over the years: to bridge gaps between higher education and media. Since its launch in 2012, CMCS has developed as the only international network examining celebrity culture and other forms of popular art through research and media. In a period of 2 years, CMCS has grown with 15oo members that seek and demand the same needs through conferences, publications, and media commentaries.
During her Doctoral research in Australia, CMCS founder and director Dr Samita Nandy saw both the academic and public demand for critical knowledge of celebrities. Soon after her Doctorate, the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies hosted its inaugural conference in Australia, where Dr Nandy chaired a panel and discussed the launch of CMCS with her colleagues there. A number of celebrity studies scholars were inspired to make a significant difference in the media and public sphere. CMCS took up the inspiration to apply theoretical perspectives and methodological concerns, and enable social change that academic teaching and research seek. Today, CMCS has grown into one of most trusted and valuable organizations that give a much needed voice to both academic and media institutions.