CFP – Revisiting Star Studies, The Research Centre in Film & Digital Media at Newcastle University, 12-14 June, 2013

The Research Centre in Film & Digital Media at Newcastle University, UK, will host an international conference, Revisiting Star Studies, on June 12-14, 2013.

Keynote speakers: Dr Stephanie Dennison (University of Leeds), Dr Neepa Majumdar (University of Pittsburgh), Prof Yingjin Zhang (University of California-San Diego).

Dr Martin Shingler (University of Sunderland), co-editor of the BFI Film Stars series to be launched in July 2012, will also host a panel on this new project.

Since its inception in the pioneering works of Edgar Morin (Les Stars, 1957) and Richard Dyer (Stars, 1979), studies of film stardom have been strongly associated with Hollywood structures. There have also been numerous valuable contributions to our understanding of stardom in different national cinemas, including recent work by colleagues here at Newcastle. However in all these efforts to explore stardom in a national context, not only does Hollywood often remain the ultimate reference, but Hollywood-generated paradigms often dominate the discussion of non-Hollywood stardom. Many fundamental assumptions in star studies based mainly on Hollywood stars and stardom (such as stars as phenomena of production and consumption, the onscreen and off-screen construction of star personas, and the inter-transferability between stars’ economic  power and cultural power) remain unchallenged.

This conference aims to reassess some of the dominant models in star studies, and generate new critical paradigms that are more appropriate to address non-Hollywood stardom. We also wish to identify under-researched areas in film stardom. Special attention will be given to the analysis of how stars/stardom function-and have functioned–in visual cultures outside Hollywood, such as those in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. However, any papers or panels on the theme of revisiting star studies are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Stardom in non-Western cultures
  • Transnational acting and performance
  • Star voices
  • Early stardom and pre-star system
  • Stardom and age
  • Religion and stardom
  • Stardom, power, politics
  • Amateur stars, non-professional stars, neo-realist stars
  • Stars in non-capitalist societies (past and present)
  • Pan-African, Pan-Asian and Pan-European stardom
  • Stars and film festivals
  • Stars and fashion
  • Posthumous stardom
  • Fictional characters as stars
  • Anti-stardom, virtual stardom and post-stardom
  • Stardom, fandom and the Internet
  • Stardom, gender, and sexuality
  • Stardom, ethnicity, class

Please send proposals of 250 words maximum and a short bio to Prof Guy Austin & Dr Sabrina Yu at: and by November 19, 2012.

CFP: International conference, Flashbacks – Nostalgic Media and mediated forms of nostalgia, 13-14 September 2012

Call for papers – International Conference
Flashbacks – Nostalgic Media and mediated forms of nostalgia
13-14 September 2012
Institute of Communication, Media and Journalism studies
University of Geneva – Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences – Department of Sociology

Deadline for proposals: May 6, 2012

Send abstracts of max. 500 words, bibliography and biographical statement to:

Confirmed speakers: Prof. Daniel Dayan, Prof. Ute Holl, Prof. Andrew Hoskins

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CFP: ‘Theatre Plays on British Television’ Conference

‘Theatre Plays on British Television’ conference, University of Westminster, Friday 19 October 2012

The first conference arising from the AHRC-funded research project Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television will be held at the University of Westminster on Friday 19 October 2012.

Screen Plays is concerned with all plays written for the theatre that have been produced for British television since 1930. The project documents and develops new critical approaches to the television presentation of these plays, seeking to understand the institutional, production, technological and aesthetic contexts for these adaptations within both broadcasting and British theatre. More can be read about the project’s aims and activities on the blog at The permanent page for the conference is

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