Posts Tagged "Fans"

Celebrity Chat

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

When it is time to give a voice, there is no time to spare! On behalf of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (, I am pleased to announce that board member Dr Jackie Raphael and I are now producers of the brand new video series Celebrity Chat. Celebrity Chat is a ground-breaking video series on the CMCS YouTube channel that is based on scholarly discussions on celebrity culture. It was launched at the NYC conference “Bridging Gaps: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism?” last month. Videos are now uploaded as a reliable resource for scholars, students, and...

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Kim or Caitlyn? Breaking Boundaries in Fame

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

A question that often comes to our mind: why is fame an important area to reflect on? For me, fame has had a pervasive presence in how fans engage in pleasures and identification, and in how they develop para-social relations with celebrities. The relationship is both material and symbolic. Fan practices such as circulation and re-mixing of celebrity images and texts have physical components. The practices also reflect and reinforce imaginary relations that hold affective and cultural values While the Kardarshians offer pleasures of hybrid identities, they also silence articulations of and...

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Larger Than Life: Superheroes at the Box Office

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

From H-NET List for Scholarly Studies and Uses of Media Larger Than Life: Superheroes at the Box Office An area of multiple panels for the 2013 Film & History Conference on Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen November 20-24, 2013 Madison Concourse Hotel (Madison, WI) DEADLINE for abstracts: July 1, 2013 AREA: “Larger Than Life: Superheroes at the Box Office The superhero genre has been one of Hollywood’s most lucrative since 2000. The top two domestic money-earners in 2012 – The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises...

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An Inspirational Tip from Andy Warhol

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Critic's Area | 2 comments

Dear Celebrity Studies Readers, In critical explorations of fame and its irony, Andy Warhol, Pop Art Movement icon, made observations that apply to all in everyday life. Ongoing creation and reflection on it will bring us to a point where our art is recognized for its finest meanings and social change for all living beings. Everyone can be recognized for that art and not just the 15 minutes of fame – a famous expression for which Warhol is well known. Hope this post finds you in the heights of your creative power this week! Special thanks to photographer & friend Hamidah Hemani...

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Celebrating Shining Talent

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Critic's Area | 1 comment

Dear Readers, Hope May started off well!  A warm welcome to all friends and readers that joined my WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook pages in April!   Last month brought precious memories that I am carrying in my journey of writing and fierce celebration of love this month.   First of all, I was honoured to be a part of Building Bridges Association of Canada and industry leaders. Organized by Ashima Suri and Erica Armstrong at Toronto’s House of Moments, the event celebrated meaningful employment, true inclusion, and diverse communications. The event demonstrated living examples of...

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