CFP Fame and Fandom: Functioning On and Offline

Posted on May 3, 2019

FPRC Conference Fame and Fandom: Functioning On and Offline

December 8-10, 2019

Perth, Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

Media is dependent on consumers. Celebrities are reliant on fans and mass media. One cannot exist without the other. However, in academia there is a divide between fan studies and celebrity studies. This conference aims to draw these fields together by uniting fan studies, celebrity studies, media, film and television, advertising, marketing, Internet studies, education, politics and any other field.

We invite you to look at what on and offline platforms offer fans and celebrities in terms of moments of interaction, presentation/shaping of persona (both fan and celebrity), and agency. How are fans consuming, creating and/or sharing content? Why are celebrities important to the fans? What can celebrity status achieve? Can they be activists, endorsers, promoters or more? What legacy do they leave behind? How can they influence change in society and politics? Does the Australian film and television industry differ to others? How does distance impact on Australian fans?

Attendees may present papers or create a roundtable discussion on the themes of celebrity, fandom, social media or Australian fan culture.

Roundtables you can apply to join include:

  • Reality Behind Reality TV – inviting actual reality TV stars to present their experiences
  • Manufacturing Minogue – discussing the fashion and brand behind Kylie Minogue
  • Discovering Disney: Fans as Creators

Potential roundtables you could form:

  • Michael Jackson: Falling Icon and Fighting Fans
  • Digital Distance: Bringing Australian fans closer
  • Diversity in Australian Television: Cleverman, Dead Lucky, East West 101

Or create your own theme and form a panel.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed edited book by University of Iowa Press.

We will be holding an exclusive book launch as a part of our welcoming drinks on December 8, commencing 6pm at 399 Bar in Northbridge.

Registration includes: Your printed conference package, welcome drinks and food, catered lunch, coffee / tea breaks, eligibility to publish in edited book, and consideration for the best paper award.

Submission guidelines:

  • 200-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
  • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
  • Submit to conference Chairs Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam at email address:
  • Deadline for abstract submission: June 17, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: June 25, 2019
  • Early bird registrations open: June 25, 2019
  • Full text due: October 1, 2019
  • Pre-Conference reception and book launch: December 8, 2019 (6pm-11pm)
  • Conference presentations: December 9-10, 2019 (full days)
  • Estimated publication of edited book: 2021

Other topics include but are not limited to:

  • Fandom and Audiences
  • Fan Fiction
  • Celebrity – Fan Interaction
  • Fan Forums
  • Cosplay and conventions
  • Australian Fandom
  • Australian Television, Film and Music
  • Feminist Identities
  • Gender and Power
  • Race and Fandom
  • Whitewashing in Films
  • Celerity fall from Grace
  • Celebrity Activism and Philanthropy
  • Celebrity Endorsements and Advertising
  • Icons and Status
  • Branding and Identity
  • Politics and Leadership
  • Persona and Online Presence
  • Mass Media and Social Media
  • Celebrities online
  • Beauty Ideals, Pageants and Culture
  • Models as Role Models
  • Sporting Identities
  • Life After Sports
  • Literature and Photography
  • Film and Television
  • Laws and Policies
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Social Innovation and Change
  • Education and Advocacy

Conference Chairs: Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam

Conference Committee Members: Dr Renee Middlemost and A/Prof Ian Dixon

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