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Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 4th International Conference Bridging Gaps Live Twitter Chat #BGCS17 October 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm PST / 8:30 pm EST

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 4th International Conference Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking? Performance Café, University of Southern California Los Angeles, USA

March 17 – 19, 2017

    • Conference Series Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists and celebrities selling? Four Points Sheraton in Barcelona, July 3-5, 2016
    • Conference Series Bridging Gaps: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism? at Terrace Club (Club Quarters), New York City, September 2-3, 2015
    • Conference Series Bridging Gaps: Media, Higher Education, and Society at Ryerson University, Toronto, May 27-28, 2015
    • 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
    • Seminar Series: The Inspirational Power of Film Festival Celebrities and Their Movies at industREALarts room (688 Richmond Street) on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.  Starts 7 pm.
    • Seminar Series “Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Media, Diversity and Social Justice” at industREALarts room (688 Richmond Street) on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  Starts 6 pm.
    • Seminar SeriesMoving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Paths, Success and Love” at industREALarts room (688 Richmond Street) on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  Starts 7 pm.
    • Conference Presentation “Fame and Nation: National Identity of Pop Star Justin Bieber”, 2nd Global Conference Celebrity: Exploring Critical Issues, Hotel Real Palácio, Lisbon, Portugal, March 10-12, 2013
    • Conference Presentation “National Identity of Online Celebrities:Fame and Nation on the Internet.” Celebrity Studies Journal Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, December 14, 2012
    • Seminar Presentation “Hollywood North in Canadian Celebrity Culture.” Media Culture and Creative Arts (MCCA), Humanities boardroom, 209.214, Curtin University, Perth, May 2010
    • Seminar Presentation “Celebrities in Hollywood North: Re-Viewing Popular Culture in North America” Postgraduate Open Doors Society. February 24, 2009
    • Conference Presentation “The Affective Space of Online Fandom and ‘Imagined Communities’: Re-writing Offline Codes of Nationalism in Hollywood North” presented at Internet Research 10.0, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, October 9, 2009
    • Conference Presentation “Locating Canada in Deterritorialized Spaces of Online Fandom – Nationalism in Technological Mediations of Popular Culture” presented at the Canadian Communication Association (CCA), Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada May 30, 2009
    • Conference Presentation “Celebrities in Hollywood North: Rewriting Codes of Nationality.” Presented at the 9th Curtin Humanities Postgraduate Conference, Engaging place(s)/engaging culture(s), Curtin University of Technology, Perth, November 6, 2008

    • Keynote 2016 CMCS conference featured Professor P. David Marshall as a keynote speaker. Read more: http://cmc-centre.com/keynote/.
    • Roundtable Dr Nathan Farrell and Dr Jackie Raphael facilitated 2016 conference roundtable on celebrity activism in Barcelona. Read more: http://cmc-centre.com/roundtable/
    • Roundtable Professor David Marshall, Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs and Dr Celia Lam facilitated professional development workshop “Scholars as Critics” in Barcelona. Read more: http://cmc-centre.com/workshops/workshopjuly2016/.
    • Roundtable Dr Jackie Rapahel moderate the Beyoncé Debate with Annelot Prins, Kelly M. O’Donnell, Louise St Guillaume and Kirsty Fairclough–Isaacs on July 5, 2016.
    • 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 Director Dr Samita Nandy and Media Expert Shannon Skinner facilitate media workshop at the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) conference, Ontario College or Arts and Design (OCAD) University, Toronto, Canada, September 24-27, 2015,  http://factoronto.org/fac-2015-updates/schedule/workshops/samita-nandy-shannon-skinner/
    • Roundtable: Dr Basuli Deb and Nidhi Shrivastava facilitate roundtable panel discussion “Transitioning from Critical Terrorism Studies to Celebrity Studies” at Terrace Club in New York City, September 2, 2015. 
    • Workshop CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy, Advisory Board Member Dr Louis Massey, Research & Media Expert Josh Nathan facilitate professional development workshop “Scholars as Critics” at Terrace Club (Club Quarters), New York City, September 2-3, 2015
    • Workshop CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy, University Affairs writer Dr Jennifer Polk, U of T instructor and CTV commentator Dr Carolyn Harris and broadcaster Shannon Skinner facilitate professional development workshop “Scholars as Critics” at Ryerson University, Toronto, May 27, 2015.
    • Invited Talk CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy presents “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
    • Guest Lecture CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy presents ‘Celebrity Activism: Authenticity in Social Justice Movements’,  Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, Toronto, June 27, 2013
    • Guest Lecture ‘Fame of Art / Art of Fame: Aesthetics and Identity in Celebrity Culture’, Department of Communication, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, January 10, 2013
    • Panel Chairing “National Identity of Online Celebrities:Fame and Nation on the Internet,” ‘Asian Celebrities,’ Celebrity Studies Journal Conference Deakin University, Melbourne, December 12, 201
    • Guest Lecture “Face on Face?: Glamour and Botanical Solutions.” Canada’s 2nd Annual Vegan Expo. Toronto, May 26, 201
    • Guest Lecture “The Green Celebrities.” Parliament Street Library. Toronto, Canada, May 28, 201
    • Panel Chairing “The Future of Audience Research Measurement – A2M2?” Presented by Senior Curtin Research Fellow, Professor Mark Balnaves, on 13 April, 2010 at the Humanities Boardroom, 209.214, Curtin University, Australia

    • CMCS delegate 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
    • CMCS delegate Stephanie Patrick wins the $100 CMCS Best Paper Award, May 2015
    • CMCS Board Member Dr Louis Massey selected as finalist for the Salon Prize 2012-2013
    • CMCS Board Member Tushar Unadkat received 2012 Trailblazer Award at the ReelWorld Film Festival. Canada
    • CMCS Founder Awarded Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (EIPRS), Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Training, Australia, 2012 – 2008 Tenure: 3 + years, Value: $60,000
    • CMCS Founder Awarded Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarship (CUPS) Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 2012 – 2008 Tenure: 3 + years, Value: $60,000
    • CMCS Founder offered Social Services Network (SSN) Award (Finalist) Attended by Honourable Mike Colle, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 2007
    • CMCS Founder Awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) York University Thesis Award for the “Best Thesis of the Year”, Nominated Faculty of Arts, York University, Canada, February 2003
    • CMCS Founder Awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) York University Thesis Award for the “Best Thesis of the Year”, Nominated Faculty of Arts, York University, Canada, February 2003
    • CMCS Founder Received Academic Distinction and Placed in the ‘Academic Achievement List’, Outstanding Performance, York University, Canada, July 2000

Book Review Sean Redmond’s Celebrity & the Media to be reviewed for Routledge, 2016

Book Talk CMCS Editorial Board member Dr Robert Caine invited for an exclusive talk on his book Teaching Compassion at The Save Movement annual event Animals Beyond Borders on December 12 and at University of Toronto on December 2, 2015.  See more here.

Publication CMCS media expert Professor David Marshall & Associate Professor Sean Redmond publishes A Companion to Celebrity

Book Talk CMCS Editorial Board member Dr Robert Caine invited for an exclusive talk on his book Teaching Compassion at The Save Movement annual event Animals Beyond Borders on December 12 and at University of Toronto on December 2, 2015.  See more here.

Book Talk CMCS Editorial Board member Dr Robert Caine invited for an exclusive talk on his book Teaching Compassion and book signing at Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival on September 13, 2016. See more here.

Pre-book Launch Readings CMCS Director Dr Samita Nandy offers pre-launch readings and signings of Fame in Hollywood North at CMCS conference reception in New York, Toronto International Film Festival, and Feminist Art Conference in Toronto, September -October, 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 http://www.livroslabcom.ubi.pt/book/141#sthash.XZAw4KKX.dpuf

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

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