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Call for Submissions: The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps Conference, Deadline March 18

Extended abstract deadlineMarch 18. 2019

NYC 2019 CMCS 8th International Conference
Bridging Gaps: Re-Fashioning Stories for Celebrity Counterpublics

Terrace Club at Club Quarters
New York City, USA
Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 1

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps conference series, with the support of Intellect Books, uses a reflective practice paradigm and asks an urgent question: Can we learn popular strategies and re-fashion celebrity stories into tools for public intellectualism and social transformation, in addition to studying them? What enables or disables the public to tell personal stories in studies and practices of celebrity culture? Can different forms of storytelling from the lives of rising and celebrated academics, public intellectuals, critics, and activists enable urgent social change? The conference problematizes what it means to be a popular “storyteller” and invites all academics, journalists, publicists, activists and models and guests to attend, collaborate and publish valuable and purposeful work around this key question and related topics in our conference.

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive of interdisciplinary academic scholars and practitioners involved in all areas of celebrity culture, fandom, fashion, and journalism.  The conference combines paper presentations, workshop panels, roundtables, slideshows, and interviews that aim to bridge gaps in celebrity activism, persona branding, and fashion education. Working papers, media productions, and personal stories will be considered for the conference.

Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (Intellect Books).

Registration includes: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshop, access to reception, all-day coffee, complimentary evening drink, consideration for publication, and the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 best screen awards.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

•    250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
•    Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
•    Submit abstract at celebrity.mediastudies@gmail.com
Extended deadline March 18, 2019
•    Notification of acceptance:
 March 31, 2019
•    Early bird deadline for hotel & conference registration:
 April 30, 2019
•    Conference reception & presentations: 
Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 1, 2019

Celebrity Chat video Submissions Guidelines:

•    Video length should be 10-20 minutes
•    Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
•    Submit to Celebrity Chat producer Jackie Raphael at the email
address: media.celebstudies@gmail.com
•    Conference reception and presentations: August 30 –September 1, 2019

For more information on the conference, please click here.

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