Barcelona 2016 Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)

The following keynote might be of strong interest to scholars and media professionals examining new media, Internet celebrities, and online personas in social networks. We encourage social media scholars to join the conversation.

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We are honoured to announce that the 2016 CMCS conference Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling? will feature keynote speech by Professor P. David Marshall. Details are given below.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: December 31, 2015
URL: http://cmc-centre.com/conferences/barcelona/

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2016 CMCS Keynote Speaker Professor P David Marshall

“Commodifying the Celebrity-Self: The Peculiar Emergence, Formation and Value of “Industrial” Agency in the Contemporary Attention Economy” by P David Marshall http://cmc-centre.com/keynote/

Professor Marshall, a research professor and holding a personal chair in new media, communication and cultural studies at Deakin University, has published widely in two areas: the public personality/celebrity and new media culture. His books include Companion to Celebrity (December 2015), Celebrity and Power (1997; second edition, 2014), Fame Games (2000), Web Theory (2003), New Media Cultures (2004), and The Celebrity Culture Reader (2006). He has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences as well as interviewed for articles and many broadcast media programs from CNN, FoxNews, BBC, and the ABC/Radio National to the Sydney Morning Herald, New York Times and the Toronto Star. His previous academic positions have been at Northeastern University in Boston, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, and Carleton University in Ottawa along with visiting positions at New York University, York University and Karlstad University. He is also Visiting Distinguished Foreign Expert in the School of Journalism and Communication at Central China Normal University (CCNU) in Wuhan China.

His current writing and research has focused on some key areas in contemporary popular culture: he has been developing the idea of ‘persona studies’, where the presentation of the public self has expanded well beyond celebrity culture via particularly online forms: it now structures and patterns reputation and value across many professions and through many recreational and leisure pursuits. He has developed three related concepts to help explore this change in contemporary culture: presentational media, the intercommunication industry, and the personalization complex. Forthcoming books include: Promotional Vistas (Palgrave, 2016), Contemporary Publics (2016), and Persona Studies: Celebrity, Identity and the transformation of the public self (Palgrave), and Persona in formation (Minnesota, Forerunner Series, 2016). He is also the founder of the Persona Studies Journal and M/C.

His personal blog can be found at: www.pdavidmarshall.com

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international organization and research network that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture. CMCS carries a pedagogical philosophy that inspires integration of research and media skills training in academic and public discourses of fame. The centre believes in intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical values of bridging gaps in higher education and media. With this view, CMCS helps coordinating research, publications, creative productions, and media commentaries to restore artistic and ethical acts for social change.