CFP: Authenticating Celebrity: Celebrity Studies Journal Conference 2016

3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference: Authenticating Celebrity

June 28-30, 2016
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Routledge, Celebrity Studies Journal, and the University of Amsterdam are pleased to announce the third Celebrity Studies conference. The conference will take place in Amsterdam, June 28th-30th, and will be organized by Gaston Franssen, James Bennett, Hannah Hamad, Su Holmes, and Sean Redmond.

The 3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference will be themed on the question of ‘Authenticating Celebrity’. This subject will run through our plenaries and form a strand running throughout the conference.

Drawing on the strength of the CSJ editorial team, the conference welcomes submissions from a broad range of disciplines that generate new ways of thinking and understanding celebrity: from film, television, literary, digital media and theatre studies through to psychology, sociology, politics, and business studies.

We invite abstracts for individual 20-minute papers or pre-constituted panels of 3 x 20-minute papers on any topic related to the conference theme.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
* David Giles, University of Winchester
* Joke Hermes, University of Amsterdam/Inholland University of Applied Sciences
* Jo Littler, City University London
* Alice E. Marwick, Fordham University
* Ginette Vincendeau, King’s College London

A Special Issue of the best papers from the conference will be published in Celebrity Studies in 2017. Stipends to help with conference costs will be awarded for the best PhD abstracts submitted.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* Celebrity and the experience of authenticity
* Sincerity and stardom
* Committed celebrity
* The phenomenology of fame
* Authenticating celebrity and gender, race, class, ethnicity
* Reality-tv celebrity
* Audience and affect
* Representations of talent and genius
* Fame in virtual reality
* Socializing celebrity
* Online authenticity
* Disingenuous and/or exposed celebrity
* True fans/anti-fans
* Trusting celebrity
* Gossip culture
* Celebrity hoaxes
* Celebrity facts, celebrity fictions
* Sport stars, performance and authenticity
* (In)sincerity and political celebrity
* Memory and celebrity authenticity.
* The will to truth: stories of the celebrity self
* Auto-ethnography and reflections of the real
* Fandom and the search for celebrity authenticity
* Celebrity pilgrimages
* Illness and celebrity
* Marketing authenticity
* Celebrity do-gooders and ambassadors
* Documenting the celebrity
* Rock idols and rebellion

Deadline for abstracts: November 6th, 2015 (250 words, plus a 50 word biography)
Successful abstracts will be notified by: December 11th, 2015

Enquiries/abstracts to:


CMC Best Paper Awards 2014

Consumption Markets & Culture is pleased to announce its Best Paper award for articles published in 2014.
They will be available free, for a limited time, on the journal’s website:
Please take a minute to look at them, read them, cite and circulate them! I have alerted the usual social media outlets.

Best Papers:

Nicholas Carah (2014) Brand value: how affective labour helps create brands,
Consumption Markets & Culture, 17:4, 346-366.

Andrew Higson (2014) Nostalgia is not what it used to be: heritage films,
nostalgia websites and contemporary consumers, Consumption Markets & Culture, 17:2, 120-142. DOI: 10.1080/10253866.2013.776305

We also awarded an Honorable Mention:

John W. Schouten (2014) My improbable profession, Consumption Markets &
Culture, 17:6, 595-608, DOI: 10.1080/10253866.2013.850676

CM&C Board members Janet Borgerson, Pierre McDonagh, and Detlev Zwick served as judges for this award.

Here is Nicholas Carah’s nice repsonse to me upon hearing the news:

“This is really wonderful news to receive! For me, it is a great honour to be recognised by CMC in this way, it is a journal that myself and my colleagues have a great deal of respect for and interest in following – so this really does means a lot. Thank you again for the opportunity to publish. I have often told colleagues since publishing how impressive, careful and constructive review process my article went through was – greatly improving it along the way. So, I give my thanks to you and the reviewers. That review process really illustrated to me the value of the journal to the field.”

Call for papers Special Issue “Communication and Consumer Culture: Counterpoints between Brazil and (Southern) Africa – journal Communication, Media and Consumption, ESPM-SP

The scholarly journal Comunicação, Mídia e Consumo (Communication, Media and Consumption), evaluated as level B1 on Qualis-Capes system (range A1-B5) in the Brazilian academy, makes public the Call for Papers for a Special Issue to be published in December 2015, having as invited editors Dr. Mehita Iqani, from Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg-South Africa), and Profa. Dra. Marcia Perencin Tondato, from ESPM-SP Communication and Consumption Practices Post-Graduate Program (São Paulo-Brazil).

This special issue will bring together articles on the theme Communication and Consumer Culture: Counterpoints between Brazil and (Southern) Africa, with particular space devoted to showcasing writing reporting on empirical research and theoretical discussions. We also encourage articles presenting comparative studies between Brazil and African countries in relation to the thematic.

The aim of the special issue is to develop empirical and theoretical conversations about communication and consumer cultures in contexts and spaces in, through and between the South Atlantic, with an emphasis on the relations, historical or contemporary, cultural, political or social, between Brazil and African countries within the theme of consumption. This focus is justified by the present socio-economics and histories of these regions, the urgency of needs for the life-style improvement for large sectors of their populations in contrast to the pleasures enjoyed by their political and economic elite, and the discursive flows, especially those of the media, due to inclusion in the global consumer market. Alongside the flows of neoliberal capital and media across the South Atlantic, are counter discursive flows in the communication and consumer cultures spectrum that highlight the problems of growth-based economics: is this a sustainable model for producing social equality and mobility (as expressed through consumption and communication) in a broadly comprehensive way, as is being asserted by the debilitation of the dynamics of certain free market structures in the North hemisphere?

Possible thematics in relation to the above include (but are not limited to):

  • Any issue to do with consumption, commodities and consumers in the Lusophone world;
  • Flows of texts, ideas, messages or values between Brazilian and African cultures, both contemporary or historical;
  • Theoretical explorations of any of the following concepts mean in relation to connections and flows between Brazilian and African cultures:
  • Consumption
  • Communication
  • Global South
  • South Atlantic
  • Consumer identities
  • Inequality
  • Celebrity
  • Media Power
  • Narrative
  • Translatability
  • Aspiration
  • Retail
  • Theoretical explorations of similarities and differences between Brazilian and African consumer geographies (city and retail scapes, rural contexts, touristic destinations)
  • Empirical work focusing on only a Brazilian or African research object but which draws on theories and concepts relevant to both, and with analyses that resonate with the other context;
  • Empirical work tracing the movement or flow of a particular commodity or consumer practice across the global south (touching on coastal trajectories in South America or Africa)
  • Detailed examinations of Brazilian or African brands and advertising (which draw on cultural traits from other contexts)
  • Detailed examinations of Brazilian or African media products which have global reach or influence (e.g. foodstuffs, sporting stars, telenovelas, celebrities)
  • Direct comparisons of empirical objects across Brazilian and African contexts, e.g., shopping malls, celebrity brands, beauty pageants,
  • Discussions of literary themes and narratives that have resonance on both sides of the south Atlantic (e.g., slavery, race relations, poverty and wealth, aspiration)
  • The communicative operations of Brazilian or African corporations, organizations, or political entities that have transnational impact (e.g., church groups, media companies, celebrities, social media)
  • Studies looking at certain symbolic and material aspects of economic exchange (trade, monetary value, political rhetoric about economic development)
  • Studies looking at aspects of social mobility, race and class in Brazilian and/or African contexts (comparative or focused on one context only)
  • Conceptual or critical analyses of fine art, visual art or photography that has resonance in the space between Brazil and Africa

We invite original articles of no more than 8,000 words addressing any empirical or theoretical subject linked to the notion of Communication and Consumer Culture: Counterpoints between Brazil and (Southern) Africa.

Articles for all of the journal’s sections (free articles, book reviews and interviews) are welcomed for this special issue.

The scholarly journal Comunicação, Mídia e Consumo accepts texts by established post-doctoral researchers as well as graduate students (with their supervisors as co-authors). Submissions must be done exclusively through the electronic system, which can be accessed at

Submission deadline: 31 August, 2015.

Special Issue publication date: 30 December 2015.

Other information may be obtained contacting the invited editors by email:
Mehita Iqani –
Marcia P. Tondato –

Profa. Dra. Denise Cogo
Prof. Dr. Vander Casaqui
CMC editors

Special Issue of ‘Critical Arts’ Launch

Special Issue Launch
A new Special Issue of ‘Critical Arts’ has recently been published and guest-edited by two of CRiCC’s network members; Mehita Iqani and Bridget Kenny. This edition is titled: ‘Consumption, media and culture in South Africa: perspectives on freedom and the public,’ and will be launched on the 9th of June at 4:30pm in the Humanities Graduate Centre on Wits East Campus. Please do join us as drinks and snacks will be served. See the attached image for further details.

New Special Issue of ‘Critical Arts’

critical arts pic

A new special issue of Critical Arts has recently been published and guest-edited by two of CRiCC’s very own network members: Mehita Iqani and Bridget Kenny. This edition is titled ‘Consumption, media and culture in South Africa: perspectives on freedom and the public’ and essentially emerged from a two-day symposium which was based on: ‘Consumer Practices, Media and Landscapes in South Africa: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives’ as well as the ongoing seminars of the CRiCC network. This special issue generally progresses the aforementioned work in an attempt to argue for the significance of ‘critical consumption studies’ as a powerful and prominent field of research in South Africa.

The present special issue builds on the foundational work of a 2010 special issue of Critical Arts which was edited by Sonja Narunsky-Laden and largely focused on ‘Cultural Economy’. This former issue provided a basis from which to think about central questions linked to consumer culture as well as theorising consumption in South Africa.

Though several studies of consumer culture have been founded globally, the significance of consumption in the South African context has only received minimal attention. As a result, this special issue of Critical Arts aims to provide a deeper understanding about the meaning of this particular subject, in addition to considering exactly how the unique lessons of our context could potentially feed into the broader global scholarship. This special issue further proves that by exploring what consumption means on the ‘local’ scale of South Africa, the possibility to trace new global links and dissonances arises.

The new special issue contains the following articles:

• Chewing on Japan: consumption, diplomacy and Kenny Kunene’s nyotaimori scandal by Cobus van Staden:

“In 2010, the South African entrepreneur Kenny Kunene caused a sensation in South Africa when he ate sushi off a naked woman’s body at his birthday party. The practice – called nyotaimori in Japanese – was swiftly characterised as a Japanese tradition. In the process, sushi itself came to stand in for nouveau riche consumption. This article analyses the construction of Japan in the subsequent South African and Japanese coverage of the scandal. It puts it in the context of attempts by the Japanese government to use elite consumption as a form of public diplomacy. Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, this article shows that nyotaimori was used in the subsequent scandal as a way for South Africans to define themselves – a process that reveals how embedded South Africa remains in Western ideoscapes. Through comparing Japanese and South African accounts of the scandal, this article raises questions about the role of consumption in diplomacy and the construction of the foreign.”

• Agency and affordability: being black and ‘middle class’ in South Africa in 1989 by Mehita Iqani:

“This article analyses a 1991 documentary about the ‘black middle class’ in South Africa, called Nowhere to Play: Conversations with Sowetan Golfers, commissioned by Channel 4 (UK). Drawing on interviews with the filmmaker, Angus Gibson, and one of the individuals featured in the documentary, Peter Vundla, the article critically discusses the film’s representation of the black middle class at a crucial point in South Africa’s liberation struggle. Examining the discursive construction of the ‘black middle class’, as well as its claims to agency and affordability, the article contributes to broader debates on class, race, consumption and empowerment in the South African context.”

• Sartorial excess in Mary Sibande’s ‘Sophie’ by Mary Corrigall:

“Mary Sibande has evolved the Sophie character that has defined her art practice – the domestic worker-cum-Victorian garment associated with her has grown in scale, becoming excessive. These exaggerated style codes or adaptations work at liberating the domestic worker from her lowly position in society. Empowerment, or the fantasy of what that may entail, is therefore enacted through dress and the ‘excess’ attached to it that visualises a desire for social mobility. This article presents a critical analysis of the notion of ‘sartorial excess’, employing dandyism as a theoretical tool to access the mechanics of dress as an art form that feeds off and challenges fashion and consumerism. Drawing from fashion theories advanced by Thorstein Veblen and Jean Baudrillard, the article demonstrates how democratising forces allowed fashion to become a tool of mobility – and the illusion of it. This will contribute towards a multifarious definition of sartorial excess that is both inherent to fashion, but as in Sibande’s practice, is also a form of asserting difference and dislocating from the status quo.”

• Queer skin, straight masks: same-sex weddings and the discursive construction of identities and affects on a South African website by Tommaso M. Milani & Brandon Wolff:

“This article showcases an exploratory study of the website of a Cape Town-based company specialising in arranging same-sex weddings. Informed by queer theory, the article deconstructs the discursive strategies – both linguistic and visual – through which same-sex weddings, and the affects attached to them, are represented on the website. Essentially the argument is that the identitarian and affective constructions on this website are not so radically anti-normative, but are a ‘homo’ version of a well-established heterosexual normality. Same-sex couples who make the choice to get married are portrayed as the epitome of a responsible lifestyle, whereas those who do not are constructed by implication/omission as immoral and irresponsible. Moreover, the queer skin under the otherwise straight masks remains predominantly white. On a more theoretical level, the article argues for an affective turn in the study of consumerism, culture and media in South Africa in order to appreciate how some emotions (but not others) are attached to social class, race, gender and sexuality for marketing purposes.”

• The promise of happiness: desire, attachment and freedom in post/apartheid South Africa by Danai Mupotsa:

“This article examines wedding photographs. The wedding day is read as a staging of the achievement of desire and love, articulated through the use of space, objects and artefacts to project a vision of the self. The wedding ritual is not only framed by the presence of the camera, the gaze of the camera actually makes sure that the script is followed. This staging of romance is read through the notion of the ‘bridal gaze’, which places the figure of the bride at the centre of the achievement of fairytale romance and the promise of a future ‘happily ever after’. The images and affects of happiness in these ‘love plots’ are implicated in processes of identification and subjectivation that rely on relations of the gaze and ‘the look’, logics of self-image and self-possession, and the ritualised performance of romantic love as a site of freedom. I argue that nostalgia is invoked as a narrative strategy in wedding photographs in ways that place wedding rituals and the photographs produced out of them in and out of time with the present. The promise of happiness shared by the individuals ‘in love’, and the audiences that share in the ritualised performance of it, reflect the desire for inclusion within the progressive narrative of freedom in post/apartheid South Africa and the recognition of its flimsy presence, absence, promises and failures.”

• Retail, the service worker and the polity: attaching labour and consumption by Bridget Kenny:

“This article argues for viewing debates about consumption – here specifically focused on retail spaces – as attachments to fantasies about participation. It uses the figure of the service worker as index, tracking how she appears and disappears at different historical moments in South African public discussions on consumption. Discussing four moments of debate where the service worker is represented in relation to commitments to consumption, the article argues that the figure stands in (variously) for what is at stake in claims to service and retail spaces. Paying attention to the shifting and sometimes shadowy figure of this worker in public debate, we can begin to comment on the longer history of ambivalence toward consumption, linked to labour, as well as recent triumphant claims to access to the market as sphere of democracy, for instance, in Wal-Mart’s entry to South Africa.”

• Contradictions in consumer credit: innovations in South African super-exploitation by Patrick Bond:

“Half of the 20 million credit-active consumers in South Africa (out of 53 million residents) were, by the 2010s, experiencing over-indebtedness. ‘Impaired credit’ ratings soared to the point that ratings agencies were compelled to restore the borrowing capacity of 2.3 million (albeit without forgiving outstanding loans). The increase in the rate of unsecured credit extensions by a variety of lenders hit extreme levels and led to demands for a ban on garnishee orders. Underlying the surface explosion of consumer credit and resulting increase in social tension was the overall economic downturn since 2008. This reflected not only the prior five years of dramatic over-borrowing, but a generalised condition of ‘financialisation’ that emerged during capitalist crisis management in the context of political democratisation. The retail financial sector witnessed an unprecedented degree of liberalisation, especially higher interest rates and new credit products. Moreover, the National Credit Act of 2005 stressed the role of debt counsellors rather than shared liability for debt workouts. The growing contradictions in consumer credit have in the past generated fierce resistance. A quarter century earlier, a more aggressive collective default strategy characterised a similar era: the ‘bond boycott’. Whether the contradictions generate a similar collective reaction depends upon political agency, and the emergence of a ‘United Front’ can potentially relink labour and community self-interests in a decisive manner.”

• Trading in freedom: rethinking conspicuous consumption in post-apartheid political economy by Ulrike Kistner:

“This article investigates some accounts of conspicuous consumption in South Africa, tracing their variously linear, circular and disjunctive paths, identifying and explaining some methodological impasses, and concluding with reflections on the interrelation between distinct armatures of value and exchange. The first kind of trajectory that impinges in looking at accounts of conspicuous consumption post-apartheid is a linear one, indicating the direction ‘up from’ and ‘out of’ racially based discrimination and oppression structuring sumptuary regulations. With regard to this trajectory, I will show that this is not as linear as it may initially appear, proceeding from apartheid to its ‘post-’, but that it is indicated both in the liberation movement’s programmatics and in the aspirationalism mobilised by advertising and marketing strategies at an earlier stage. In considering the association of freedom with de-regulated consumption, a circularity emerges, in relation to which I would like to posit, for purposes of critical analysis, distinct forms of exchange implicit in the contexts described for the emergence of a new ‘middle class’ at a specific conjuncture, to then spell out some of their complex interrelations and dynamics.”

Critical Luxury Studies: 21st May 2015

Critical Luxury Studies, May 21 2015

*An interdisciplinary seminar featuring critical approaches to
contemporary luxury studies focusing on aesthetic, design-led and media

Location: Harvard Lecture Suite, Winchester School of Art.
Time: 21 May 2015, 9.00 – 18.00


9:00 – 9:15 Coffee
9.15 – 9.30 Welcome and Introduction
9.30:– 10:00 Critical Luxury Studies: Defining a Field? John Armitage
and Joanne Roberts, University of Southampton
10:00 – 10:30 Luxury, Simplicity, and Sustainability, Christopher J.
Berry, University of Glasgow

10.30 -10.50 Coffee

10:50 – 11:20 Luxus: A Thanatology of Luxury from Nero to Bataille, Mark
Featherstone, Keele University
11:20 – 11:50 Brand Art Sensation: A Mass Debate. A Solo Exhibition and
Public Forum Parodying Celebrity Art and Luxury Branding, Giulia Zaniol,
University of Southampton
11:50 – 12:30 Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:00 Word-Things and Space-Sounds: The Synaesthetic Rhetorics
of Luxury, Crispin Thurlow, University of Bern
14:00 – 14:30 Thinking through Luxury (in Anthropology): On the Cultural
Politics of Luxury, Inequality and Anti-Work Ethic in India, Tereza
Kuldova, University of Oslo
14:30 – 15:00 Classical, A String of Luxury: The Power of the Particular
in Bjork’s Music, Thomaï Serdari, New York University
15.00 – 15.20 Coffee
15:20 – 15:50 Fashionable Luxury or Luxurious Fashion? Reflections on
Contemporary Luxury Status, Paula von Wachenfeldt, Stockholm University
15:50 – 16:20 In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
’ C-3PO, Mink and the Promise of
Disruptive Luxury Jonathan Faiers, University of Southampton
16:20-17:00 Discussion

17.00 – 17.30 Ways Forward

Seminar close

For further information please contact Professor John Armitage

CfP: “Living Life in Public: Exploring the Private Lives of Celebrities/The Celebrity Project”

Living Life in Public: Exploring the Private Lives of Celebrities / The Celebrity Project

Tuesday 28th July – Thursday 30th July 2015

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:

Celebrities are “well-known” individuals who either by choice or by chance have achieved renown or infamy outside of personal and professional circles. Despite complaints that celebrities routinely make of the inconveniences of fame, many devote considerable resources to retaining and increasing their visibility, and to crafting their public images. Despite the very public nature of the celebrity, what drives much mass interest in these rarefied individuals is very often their private lives. Personal scandals can wreck (or in some cases, even propel) celebrity success, and avoiding, managing and atoning for scandal consists of a large part of maintaining a career in public.
Many celebrities are also astute in utilizing private life events such as weddings and childbirth and personal struggles with failure, addiction and romantic disappointment to make their public images more compelling.

The sector of media devoted to covering celebrities’ private lives is a gigantic one, with “candid” photographs of Britney Spears, David Beckham or Justin Bieber fetching huge sums. The romantic lives of well-known star couples, like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (“Kimye”), Ellen DeGeneres and Portia Rossi, and on and off-screen lovers Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame receive ink rivaling their creative outputs. Sport figures like Lance Armstrong and Oscar Pistorius who reap the benefits of their compelling personal stories must also face the abyss of doping scandals and murder charges. The explosion of reality television has introduced a new wrinkle as participants in internationally syndicated shows like The Bachelor, Real Housewives and Big Brother gain tabloid space not for achievements in sports, politics and the arts but for the ways in which they perform versions of their own romantic, domestic and professional lives. Exposing one’s private life appears to be trumping public achievement as a means for achieving renown.
This, of course, is not just a Western phenomenon, and well known figures from Asian and African music and cinema equally utilize performances of their private lives to inform their public personas.

Why this obsession with celebrities’ private lives? This question offers a ripe opportunity to investigate the cultural, historical and philosophical categories of public, private, and of celebrity itself.
Scholars, artists, fans, writers, lawyers, media professionals, performers, even celebrities are invited to send papers, reports, personal narratives, research studies, works-in-progress, works of art, and workshop proposals on issues related but not limited to the following themes, as they may manifest themselves in multiple historical and geographic locations:

– Paparazzi and the celebrity press, gossip, lifestyle, home shows, articles, and websites

– Celebrity bodies, plastic surgery, weight gain or loss, death and dying

– Celebrity self-commodification of personal lives: romance, tragedy, hardships, addictions, comebacks, pregnancies, etc.

– Scandal, crisis management, public shaming and remorse, redemption and penance campaigns

– Race and gender representation and celebrity, realness, whiteness, celebrities of colour and mixed race, masculinity and femininity, affirmative action and tokenism, celebrities and disability

– LGBT celebrities, coming out, outing and closeting, gay rumours and innuendo, gay marriage, gender transitions, homophobia and its career impact

– Personal life and image management, sham or hidden relationships and marriages, synergistic relationships (Brangelina, Bennifer, Kimye)

– Reality stars and reality television, YouTube celebrities, talent competitions, beauty contests, internet memes based on traditional and internet celebrities

– Royalty as celebrity, succession crises, royal scandals, pregnancies, ceremony and ritual, republican critics of royalty.

– Celebrity athletes, personal narratives, inspirational stories, scandals, sportsmanship, club affiliations, on-field and locker room interviews

– Celebrity and the law: celebrity crime, paternity suits, libel suits, invasion of privacy, etc.

– Private life as a source of artistic inspiration and validation for celebrities

– Celebrity autobiographies, self-help books, addiction narratives, and exposees.

– Personal narratives, confessional poetry, lyrics and prose, self-exposure as a creative trope

– Hip Hop personas and personal narratives, boasting and fronting, players vs. haters, realness, hypermasculinity, race, gender and linguistic diversity

– “Method” acting, bodily modification, use of private emotion, spontaneity in performance

– Religion and celebrity, public and private expressions of faith, personal and professional religiosity, celebrities with non-mainstream or New Age faiths

– Celebrities and politics, public endorsements, private support, reaction to social controversies

– Children of celebrities, child celebrities, and celebrity dynasties

– Fandom, collecting autographs and memorabilia, relationships between fans and celebrities real or imagined, erotic fiction featuring celebrities, cosplay, memorials and tributes

– Conventions, tours, personal appearances, award shows, red carpets, acceptance speeches.

– Celebrity biopics, accuracy vs. dramatic license in depictions of private lives, performing celebrity, casting and mimicry, celebrity impersonators, celebrity parodies

– Celebrities and social media, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter followers, posts, and mishaps

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:

Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 1st May 2015. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 19th June 2015. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this

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.

E-mails should be entitled: Celebrity4 Proposal Submission.

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.

Organising Chairs:

Jon Torn:

Rob Fisher:

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.

For further details of the conference, please visit:

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.

Jon Leon Torn, PhD
Associate Professor/EMF
School of Communication
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5619
Flagstaff AZ 86011

SEMINAR 1: Middle Class, Consuming Class?

FLYER middle class, consuming class

The Critical Research in Consumer Culture network is pleased to invite you to the first of its planned seminars for 2015: “Middle Class, Consuming Class”. The middle class is extremely difficult to define in any context. It is not a fixed social category but “a working social concept, a material experience, a political project, and a cultural practice – all of which acquire meaning only within specific historical experiences and discursive conditions” (López and Weinstein 2012, 21).This seminar aims to explore the extent to which consumption practices are relevant to scholarly studies of the middle class in South Africa in particular (but as well as in general). It will bring together a cross-disciplinary panel of scholars who have worked on the notion of the middle class from a variety of perspectives: Mosa Phadi (PARI), Roger Southall (Wits), Richard Ballard (GCRO), and Mehita Iqani (Wits). All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

The seminar will take place in the Wits Anthropology Museum in Central Block (next door to CB15) on Wednesday, April 15 between 12-2pm.

CfP: “#Neoliberation: The Self in the Era of New Media”

#Neoliberation: The Self in the Era of New Media

We invite proposals for a two-day conference, “#Neoliberation: The Self in the Era of New Media”, to be held on 9th and 10th of June 2015 at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.


Is liberation passé? Or has liberation, in light of the potentialities offered by a spectrum of new media, gained new relevance as a concept and ideal – in other words, are we seeing the emergence of a “neoliberation”? The proliferation of new media primarily, but not exclusively, conditioned by the popularity and spread of the internet, has fundamentally changed the world in which we are situated when it comes to social relations, community, politics and the forming of the self. This new landscape, which we, as a global community, are now a part of, conditions and enables our thinking about questions concerning the self, identity and emancipation.

How do language, media and technology bring about contemporary understandings of who we are? What, indeed, is new about “new media” – if anything at all? How does the proliferation of media interact with a neoliberal capitalist economy and, given this context, how can we conceive of emancipation? What political potentialities are contained in new media, and how do they express themselves (for example in feminist and postcolonial movements)? In other words, is liberation still, or again, possible, or is this “neoliberation” simply a myth recounted by a curated neoliberal self?

The conference #Neoliberation will set the stage for a conversation regarding these questions and open up a discussion of the academic understanding of concepts such as self, subjectivity, identity and emancipation within a 21st-century media setting. We welcome the submission of papers, pieces (art, poetry and prose) and performances which relate to the questions posed above and possibly, but not exclusively, to the following topics:

* Radical politics/Freedom/Liberation of the self
* Self-consumption/Commodification of the self
* Social media/Social networks
* Feminism/“pop” feminism
* Postcolonial theory/Indigenous politics/Third World feminism
* Queerness/Embodiment/Affect
* Identity politics/Politics of recognition/Multiculturalism
* New social movements
* Generation Y
* Media/New media/Post media
* Visual and aural cultures
* Space and critical geography

Please send proposals to, indicating the relevant stream in the subject line. Submissions should be no more than 300 words and should be received by the deadline of 20th April. Please include a short bio (with your email address and, where applicable, institutional affiliation) of no more than 100 words.

CfP: Artigos Sobre Mercados Contestados

O Grupo de Estudos do Consumo, o Núcleo de Pesquisa Mercados, Redes e Valores, e o Núcleo de Estudos da Modernidade (NEMO), juntamente com suas instituições parceiras, convidam autores a enviar artigos para o Dossiê Temático sobre Mercados Contestados, a ser publicado na Revista Antropolítica.

Com este tema, espera-se aprofundar o debate sobre a formação de novos mercados e a expansão daqueles já existentes, enfatizando pressões, contestações e negociações de diferentes atores acerca dos limites de mercantilização admitidos por uma sociedade.

Organizada pelo Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia da Universidade Federal Fluminense, com periodicidade semestral e avaliada pela Capes como A2, Antropolítica éuma revista científica indexada que tem como objetivo a publicação de artigos e resenhas relevantes para o campo da Antropologia e das Ciências Sociais.

Os papers devem estar em consonância com o tema Mercados Contestados. Os artigos deverão ser originais, escritos em espanhol, francês ou inglês e formatados de acordo com as normas estabelecidas pela revista. Todas os papers serão submetidos a peer review.

Os papers devem ser enviados até o dia 31/03/2015 para os seguintes emails:

Profa. Lívia Barbosa –
Profa. Laura Graziela Gomes –

*Please note an english version of the above text will soon be uploaded