Barcelona – July 2016

Barcelona, Spain

2016 Conference Media Workshop ‘Scholars as Critics’

Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling?

Barcelona, Spain
July 3rd – 5th, 2016

This workshop will offer: guidance on professional skills and career opportunities both inside and outside academia; insights and resources for scholars to become critics and experts in media; and theoretical and practical overview of basic media relations.

Key Speakers:

Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs

Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance and International Lead for the Americas in The School of Arts and Media at The University of Salford, UK.  Kirsty received her MA in Screen Studies from the University of Manchester and a PhD on feminist theory and celebrity culture from The University of Salford. She regularly works with a number of cultural organisations and networks including Salford International Media Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Home, The National Media Museum and Cofilmic and has strong links in the UK comedy industry. Her leadership in the recent launch of Women in Film and Television Network North and The Hunting Ground screening/ Q and A with Emmy award winning director Kirby Dick has established significant links between academic and media industries.

Kirsty is a member of the editorial board of the international journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge) and is currently a guest editor of the special issue “Fame-inism: Feminism and Global Celebrity Culture.” She has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 News, and Al Jazeera among others.

Dr Celia Lam

Dr Celia Lam is a Lecturer in digital media at the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus). Celia has a background in production, having completed a Bachelor degree in screen production at Macquarie University and a Masters in Film and Digital Media at the University of Sydney. Celia’s research areas include digital technologies, media production and consumption and audience spectatorship. Celia also has an interest in online identity presentation, and was the recipient of a 2012 Endeavour Award Post Doctoral Fellowship to conduct research in online identity presentation in Hong Kong.

Celia has worked for Radio Television Hong Kong and various production companies in Sydney. She was part of the production team on the Australian Government funded ‘Raising Children DVD’. Her research was also reported in the Education section of the Sydney Morning Herald in 2011.

Registration includes
: Your printed conference package, catered lunch, coffee / tea breaks, evening drinks, professional development workshop, eligibility to publish in Bridging Gaps edited book series, and consideration for the $100 best paper award and $100 screen award.

Conference Chairs: Dr Jackie Raphael & Dr Celia Lam
Conference Committee Members: Dr Samita Nandy, Dr Louis Massey, Josh Nathan, and Andrea Marshall

Conference Registration URL

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