2015 CMCS New York City, USA

CMCS International Conference Series

Bridging Gaps:

Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism?

The full conference program is available for download as a PDF file here.

Professional development workshop: http://cmc-centre.com/workshops/nyc2015/ 

Exclusive evening reception and book readings http://cmc-centre.com/pr/nyc-readings/

Special thanks to CMCS Board, ESI.CORE, WaterHill Publishing & Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.


TerraceClub The Terrace Club
Club Quarters (7th Floor)
 25 W. 51st St. (Off Fifth Ave.) New York, NY 
 September 2-3, 2015 

In tabloid journalism and in social media, gossip, rumors and scandals about celebrities develop intimacy among fans. Such gossip and rumour mongering serves a purpose in society: to build a common moral ground on the backs of celebrity lives. However what about the celebrities themselves whose emotional lives are consumed by us? The production, circulation and reception of these celebrities then negate the democratic role of journalism in providing value-free information and undermine artistic talent and activism for which many celebrities became famous. Corporate interests of governments and businesses have dominated the field of journalism and the news industry, in particular.

A combination of media productions such as interviews, portraits, diary entries, life-writing, and unedited footage can facilitate a relation between celebrities as subjects of journalistic enquiry and modes of their representation. The biographical and autobiographical elements in these productions can express nuances and subtleties of creative drives that construct public personas. Scholars can also act as journalists and interview celebrities, adding research as informed opinions. As celebrity studies scholar Olivier Driessens suggests, there are innovative ways in which researchers can surpass cultural intermediaries, such as managers, who control the celebrity’s agenda, and fill methodological gaps in media studies and practices.

We need to build academic, media and community partnerships to implement creative strategies and informed opinions in content production. What creative strategies do you implement to position your modes of inquiry in celebrity culture? How can journalists benefit from researchers in developing stories? Should academics become cultural critics to build an engaged audience? Show new and powerful ways of storytelling that journalists and researchers should consider in examining authentic personas in fame.

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), in association with sponsors WaterHill Publishing and Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE), invites academics, journalists, publicists, social innovators and guests to attend, speak and collaborate at the international conference Bridging Gaps – Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism? Join us in NYC where the conference will uniquely combine vibrant roundtable and workshop panels in a collaborative network! We invite original cross-disciplinary proposals for the conference. Extended version of selected best papers will be published in an edited book by WaterHill Publishing. Working papers and media productions will be considered

This conference includes professional development workshop on media Scholars as Critics: http://cmc-centre.com/workshops/nyc2015/.

– CFP authors: Samita Nandy and Louis Massey |Reviewer: Jackie Raphael

Submission (closed):

  • 250-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 Samita Nandy at celeb.studies@gmail.com
  • Extended deadline: June 8, 2015
  • Registration: June 19 – July 24, 2015
  • Conference presentation: September 2-3, 2015

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive through roundtable and workshop panels with substantial discussion and networking sessions. We welcome speculative ideas, exploratory practices, position papers, manifestos, performances as well as traditional academic papers from affiliated and independent researchers, journalists, social innovators and related media professionals.

Topics include but are not limited to:

      • Persona
      • Celebrity
      • Scandals
      • Infamy
      • Online Fame
      • Social Media
      • News
      • Journalism
      • Publicity
      • Policies
      • Interviews
      • Audiences
      • Fandom
      • Fiction
      • Genre
      • Biography
      • Literature
      • Film
      • Video
      • Television
      • Fashion
      • Photography
      • Selfies
      • Portraiture
      • Art History
      • Performance
      • Life Writings
      • Diaspora
      • Theory and Methods
      • Research Agenda
      • Business Models
      • Ethics and Morality
      • Cognition and Memory
      • Media Literacy
      • Social Innovation
      • Education and Advocacy
      • International Relations
      • Community Building
      • Business and Community Partnerships 
Registration Options


Option A: Full-time Faculty & Staff
Option B: Students, Unemployed or Precariously Employed
Option C: Guests

Registration includes your printed conference package, coffee breaks, professional development workshop, electronic version of peer-reviewed edited book, and consideration for the $100 best paper and screen awards.

Club Quarters Hotel, Rockefeller Center 

Enjoy your stay and meetings at Club Quarters during the conference. We invite applicants to visit www.clubquarters.com to view the prestigious hotel!


Individuals can make hotel reservation at Club Quarters, Rockefeller Center via-

–         Phone – call to reservations department at 203-905-2100

–          Webclick here for the web link

Guests must provide the group code: EDU915

Conference URL: http://cmc-centre.com/conferences-2015/nycsept15/.

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