[csaa-forum] Whats left to say about Celebrity? CCCS UQ Symposium- Tuesday 29th November 11am-4.30pm

Rebecca Ralph r.ralph at uq.edu.au
Thu Sep 1 09:25:31 CST 2011

What's Left to Say About Celebrity?

A symposium presented by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11am- 4.30pm

Social Sciences and Humanities Library Conference Room,
Level 1 Duhig Building<http://www.library.uq.edu.au/ssah/duhig/ds1.html>  (Bldg 2), St Lucia Campus [See Map<http://www.uq.edu.au/maps/index.html?menu=1&x=J.13&y=6.2&z=2&xc%5b%5d=J.13&yc%5b%5d=6.2&id=69&facilityType=&backURL=>]

The study of celebrity has become one of the standard teaching areas for media and cultural studies. Where once it might have been seen as an interesting but ephemeral formation, celebrity and the industries which produce it are now recognised as playing a fundamental role in the economies and structures of the contemporary media, as well as supplying an increasing proportion of the content.  Over the last decade as celebrity studies has grown, a great deal of the theoretical ground clearing has been done: teaching programs are established, there is a well supported journal in the field, and celebrity is now a lively field of debate within media and cultural studies.
Much of the hard work has been done, then, to establish that celebrity demands attention. That said, it is clear that celebrity studies needs to be more than just an anthology of accounts of this or that celebrity, or analyses of those regularly occurring celebrity moments where our interests overlap with those of the mainstream media.  The presentations in this symposium all, in their own way, address the question of what more can we do with the notion of celebrity? The symposium brings together a stellar cast of leading international figures in celebrity studies, together with one of the leading younger scholars making her mark in this field, in order to present their latest work.  In papers that indicate the diversity and depth of this field, they each convincingly show that there is indeed much left to be said about celebrity.

Chris Rojek
Graeme Turner
Frances Bonner
Anthea Taylor
P. David Marshall
Sean Redmond

The event is free, and postgraduate students and early career researchers are especially welcome.  In order for us to cater adequately for the event, we need to know the number of participants expecting to attend; consequently, we would like those planning to come to RSVP to Anthea Taylor at the CCCS. (a.taylor8 at uq.edu.au<mailto:a.taylor8 at uq.edu.au>). Program with abstracts will be available on the CCCS website  (www.cccs.uq.edu.au<http://www.cccs.uq.edu.au>) shortly.

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