CFP: From Robson Green to Sean Bean: Mapping Northern Stardom on Popular British Television

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

CFP: From Robson Green to Sean Bean: Mapping Northern Stardom on Popular British Television

From Dr David Forrest

Special dossier for the Journal of Popular Television
Edited by Beth Johnson (Keele University) and David Forrest (University of Sheffield)

We invite contributions that explore the stars of the North of England on contemporary British television. Considering and examining the intersections between stardom, Northern places, spaces and identities, the purpose of this dossier is to argue for the existence of a Northern consciousness on television that is characterized through the figure of the Northern star. In particular, this dossier is to explore how the public and private personas of Northern stars are frequently merged when such performers enact or perform Northern characters. Accordingly, we would like to receive proposals for full length articles/case-studies of specific Northern television stars. In particular, we encourage proposals (though proposers are not limited to these) on the following:

–          Robson Green

–          Sean Bean

–          John Simm

–          Sue Johnston

–          Ricky Tomlinson

–          Caroline Aherne

–          Karl Pilkington

–          Sarah Lancashire

–          Chris Bisson

–          Lesley Sharpe

–          Maxine Peake

–          Ant and Dec

–          Christopher Eccleston

–          Gina Mckee

Please submit an extended abstract of 500 words to and (entitled Northern Stardom), by 30th September 2014. Please also include a brief biographical note.  We plan to complete evaluation of abstracts by the end of October.  Those accepted will be asked to submit completed article, to a maximum of 8,000 words, by the end of March 2015. Articles will then be submitted for peer review.

Dr David Forrest
Lecturer in Film Studies
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
The University of Sheffield
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA
Tel: 0114 222 8493
Storying Sheffield

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