[UPDATE] Encountering Celebrity, a panel at (dis)junctions Grad Conference, Apr 5-6. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Feb 22

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Sarah Lozier and Josh Pearson, University of California Riverside

Studies of celebrity, fame, notoriety, and stardom have become increasingly complex and important in our media saturated society. Beginning with studies of fame--which focused on a wide variety of figures that operated in the public sphere, including politicians, religious figures, and military heroes--and studies of stardom--which interrogated stars like Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Diahann Carroll and Lucille Ball as symbols of societal fears, prejudices, and desires--the field of celebrity studies has continued to evolve, accommodating the changes in media and the relationship between the individual and the public sphere in the 21st century. The term celebrity, and the field of celebrity studies now includes a wide array of figures and phenomenon, from historical heroes, to pop culture icons, to political leaders. This panel invites papers that explore these fields as sites of "encountering." Topics may include, but are not limited to, readings of specific celebrities as spaces where the individual encounters societal forces, fame as a process that requires the process of encountering to exist, or textual instances of celebrity encounters. Papers form the wide variety of disciplines celebrity studies draws from (like English, sociology, history, media studies, race, ethnic, sexuality, and gender studies) are encouraged.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted at www.disjunctions2013.org or mailed to disjunctions2013@gmail.com no later than February 22nd, 2013.

This is a panel call for the 20th Annual (dis)junctions Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Conference at the University of California, Riverside. This year's general theme, "encountering with(in) texts," examines the impact of situatedness, unexpectedness, and/or unpreparedness on "face to text" encounters with media objects, embodied encounters negotiated through or overdetermined by texts, and representations of "encountering" within texts. Please visit www.disjunctions2013.org for more information on this year's theme, our other subject- and discipline-specific panel calls, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicholas Mirzeoff.