Call for Book Editors & Conference Chairs

Call for Book Editors & Conference Chairs

Number of Positions Available: Multiple
Locations: Various

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), in association with the Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites academics to apply for the rewarding volunteer positions of Book Editor and Conference Chair for its growing international series Bridging Gaps.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. The editor will chair the international conference on which the book will be based
  2. The basic theme of the conference will be provided (see below) but the chairperson/editor will develop it into a complete CFP in conjunction with CMCS and ESI.CORE organizers.
  3. The exact conference date and location will be determined in conjunction with CMCS and ESI.CORE organizer.
  4. Identifying and managing members of the program committee and other volunteers as required.
  5. Working in conjunction with staff at CMCS and ESI.CORE for the successful organization and delivery of the conference.
  6. Reviewing and selecting conference abstracts in conjunction with the program committee
  7. Selecting keynote, roundtable and workshop speakers.
  8. Organizing conference program and delegation of conference.
  9. Editing the book containing selected extended papers presented at the conference.
  10. Working in conjunction with staff at WaterHill Publishing for the successful completion of the edited book.

Benefits include receiving:

  1. Full conference registration fee waiver.
  2. Developing panels, roundtables, and workshops panels in the field of interest.
  3. Introductory chapter and possibility of an additional chapter in the edited book.
  4. Paperback copy of the Bridging Gaps edited book.
  5. Discounted rate for a forthcoming conference.

Bridging Gaps is a multidisciplinary conference and book series addressing a multitude of social and cultural themes from a practice-based research perspective while not closing off more theoretical work.

Bridging gaps is about:

  • Breaking away from knowledge and methodological silos that exists between disciplines
  • Bringing solutions for social and personal transformation not just abstract discussions of issues
  • Being public intellectuals who act and reach out by using popular media not just academic outlets.
  • Being open to multiple approaches, views and contributors – not just established academics but also artists, independent researchers, practitioners, activists, etc.

As such, Bridging Gaps aims at constructing bridges between topics, between people, between approaches, and between academia and the public.

To apply for this exciting and challenging role, please forward your CV and a short covering letter indicating conference of interest to Dr Samita Nandy at Conference titles and locations are given below. For more info, see sponsoring organizations:

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS):
Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE):
WaterHill Publishing:

Application deadline: May 31, 2016


  • Title: Bridging Gaps: Where are the Nations in Hollywood and Hollywood North?
    Synopsis: In the global appeal of Hollywood, the American nation comes to mind. Yet, as Fame in Hollywood North points out, there are contested relations between America’s Wild West and Canada’s Northern frontier that play significant roles in the discursive constructions of films, fame, and glamour. An understanding of Hollywood culture is hence incomplete without the understanding of American films, fame, and glamour north of the border. When it comes to national identity, is Hollywood truly American?
  •  Title: Bridging Gaps: Fame and Celebrity ActivismSynopsis: This conference explores how a strong understanding and effective practice of celebrity activism is a major way to bridge gaps between studies of fame and practices in journalism that covers famous personas. Although celebrity activism, like fame, is a set of media practices, it is not limited to media personalities advocating a cause. In fact, activists can become famous due to the global appeal of their work. Another way to bridge gaps between the study and practice of fame is integrating celebrity studies scholars as critics in media, where ‘critiques’ act as a form of activism in advocacy of human, animal and environmental ethics. In either case, the notion of fame has extended beyond the celebrity. With rise of social media, everyday life users can become famous heroes and celebrity activists. Nevertheless, a rooted, layered, and nuanced understanding of fame and inclusion of ‘celebrities-as-activists’ appear to be necessary in popularizing much-needed advocacy of causes in everyday life.