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TWG 4: Media and Celebrity Culture

Chair: Associate Professor, Helle Kannik Haastrup

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Abstracts, download here (pdf)

Programme for TWG4: Media and Celebrity Culture 

Friday, 18 August 

Room A08



Fabian ZimmermannAuthorial Fashioning as Mediatisation of Literature  
Discussant:Helle Kannik Haastrup

FannyDuckertThe struggle for control: Norwegian TV-show hosts relationship to journalists 

HelleKannikHaastrup, Celebrity Activism & The Attention Economy: Strategies of Self-Presentation, Cultural Critique and Humanitarianism 
Discussant: Fabian Zimmermann


Call for abstracts and papers

Research in media and celebrity culture has developed into a growing field of study for Nordic researchers as well as international research in the past decade. The study of celebrity culture has proven it’s pertinence in many different areas of media studies from Cultural Studies based empirical star studies to analysis of the workings of the Hollywood industries, from mediated self-presentation in the political and cultural public sphere to participatory fan culture, from media historical studies of prominent public figures to contemporary Hollywood stars and from tabloid online photo journalism to studies of celebrity driven live media events.

The objective of the Media and Celebrity Culture is to create a forum for discussions of celebrity culture from different theoretical perspectives as well as a variety of approaches and methods within media studies, such as sociology, film studies, media aesthetics, media history, cultural analysis, media genre, participatory culture, cross-media analysis and media industry studies.

With reference to the theme of the Nordmedia Conference 2017 Mediated Realities – Global Challenges we invite researchers to consider the implications of celebrity culture in relation to mediated realities and how ubiquitous media are transforming our cultural and social environments. In particular how celebrity culture through digital media works on a global scale challenging contemporary media culture in various ways - including political and cultural issues.

We encourage studies of all aspects of the field of media and celebrity culture present in popular culture, news media, media historical contexts, digital genres such as social media networks and applications. Likewise celebrity culture is relevant to discuss in terms of promotion of cultural products as well as political campaigns, or in relation to explicit perspectives such as gender, ethnicity, local vs global celebrity culture, and in terms of participatory culture in general and fan culture more specifically.

This temporary working group accepts both panel proposals and abstracts for individual papers.

Panel proposals must contain a description of the panel theme, the abstracts of the contributing papers, as well as contact information of the panel chair and authors.
Please see more guidelines for panels.

Abstracts of individual papers must contain the author’s contact information.
Please see more guidelines for abstracts, papers and presentations.

A discussant will be assigned to each accepted paper in order to provide quality feedback, consequently everyone presenting in the division might be asked to act as a discussant.
Please see more guidelines for discussants.

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