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3rd Global Conference: Celebrity and Fandom (July 2014: Oxford, United Kingdom)
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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
3rd Global Conference: Celebrity and Fandom
Monday 21st July – Wednesday 23rd July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United kingdom
Call for Presentations
While this year we wish to explore the subject of fan culture and celebrity consumption, the conference is ultimately devoted to the phenomenon of celebrity in general. Inviting abstract propositions on fandom and celebrity culture representing all corners of the world and all historical periods, it also wishes to investigate Asian cultures more thoroughly. For instance, why is it stereotypically said of Asian fans that they are the loudest and most devoted and yet least dangerous to their subjects/objects of adoration? Why does Japan have ‘star factories’? Why was it so important for Minami Minegishi, a J-pop band member, to publically apologise for her ‘no-boyfriend’-rule transgression? What are the Chinese ‘star tribe’ and what is their value to the celebrity figure the follow?
This call for presentations, proposals and performances addresses a serious, interdisciplinary and multicultural analysis of the phenomenon of celebrity. We encourage both an in-depth criticism of the state of contemporary culture as well as a legitimate recognition of celebrities’ and fans’ cultural value. Scholars, artists, writers, media representatives, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and medical and law specialists are invited to send papers, reports, research studies, work-in-progress, works of art, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to the following themes:
-Celebrity Worship Syndrome; Celebrity Attitude Scale (Houran, McCutcheon, Lange, Maltby and Ashe)
Theorising and Defining Stardom/Celebrity
-Definitions of celebrity-hood, stardom, fame, iconicity, charisma, uniqueness/singularity, mass culture/pop-culture, popularity
The Function of Stardom and Significance of Celebrity Figures
-The modern celebrity culture: its status, benefits, etc.
The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Celebrity and Whiteness.
What to Send
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
The conference is part of the Critical Issues series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.