U2 Studies Alert | CFP: FPRC Conference Fame and Fandom: Functioning On and Offline. Dec. 8-10, 2019. UWA, Perth, Western Australia.

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FPRC Conference Fame and Fandom: Functioning On and Offline
December 8-10, 2019
Perth, Western Australia
The University of Western Australia

Keynote speaker: Professor P. David Marshall.

Media is dependent on consumers. Celebrities are reliant on fans and mass media. One cannot exist without the other. However, in academia there is a divide between fan studies and celebrity studies. This conference aims to draw these fields together by uniting fan studies, celebrity studies, media, film and television, advertising, marketing, Internet studies, education, politics and any other field.

We invite you to look at what on and offline platforms offer fans and celebrities in terms of moments of interaction, presentation/shaping of persona (both fan and celebrity), and agency. How are fans consuming, creating and/or sharing content? Why are celebrities important to the fans? What can celebrity status achieve? Can they be activists, endorsers, promoters or more? What legacy do they leave behind? How can they influence change in society and politics? Does the Australian film and television industry differ to others? How does distance impact on Australian fans?

Attendees may present papers or create a roundtable discussion on the themes of celebrity, fandom, social media or Australian fan culture.

Roundtables you can apply to join include:

  • Reality Behind Reality TV – inviting actual reality TV stars to present their experiences
  • Manufacturing Minogue – discussing the fashion and brand behind Kylie Minogue
  • Discovering Disney: Fans as Creators

Potential roundtables you could form:

  • Michael Jackson: Falling Icon and Fighting Fans
  • Digital Distance: Bringing Australian fans closer
  • Diversity in Australian Television: Cleverman, Dead Lucky, East West 101

Or create your own theme and form a panel.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed edited book by University of Iowa Press.

We will be holding an exclusive book launch as a part of our welcoming drinks on December 8, commencing 6pm at 399 Bar in Northbridge.

Registration includes: Your printed conference package, welcome drinks and food, catered lunch, coffee / tea breaks, eligibility to publish in edited book, and consideration for the best paper award. Register at

Submission guidelines:

  • 200-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
  • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
  • Submit to conference Chairs Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam at email address:
  • Deadline for abstract submission: June 17, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: June 25, 2019
  • Early bird registrations open: June 25, 2019
  • Full text due: October 1, 2019
  • Pre-Conference reception and book launch: December 8, 2019 (6pm-11pm)
  • Conference presentations: December 9-10, 2019 (full days)
  • Estimated publication of edited book: 2021

Other topics include but are not limited to:

Fandom and Audiences
Fan Fiction
Celebrity – Fan Interaction
Fan Forums
Cosplay and conventions
Australian Fandom
Australian Television, Film and Music
Feminist Identities
Gender and Power
Race and Fandom
Whitewashing in Films
Celerity fall from Grace
Celebrity Activism and Philanthropy
Celebrity Endorsements and Advertising
Icons and Status
Branding and Identity
Politics and Leadership
Persona and Online Presence
Mass Media and Social Media
Celebrities online
Beauty Ideals, Pageants and Culture
Models as Role Models
Sporting Identities
Life After Sports
Literature and Photography
Film and Television
Laws and Policies
Ethics and Morality
Social Innovation and Change
Education and Advocacy

Conference Chairs: Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam
Conference Committee Members: Dr Renee Middlemost and A/Prof Ian Dixon

Keynote speaker Professor P. David Marshall holds a Professorship and Personal Chair in New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne Australia. He is the world-leading scholar in the study of celebrity and public personality systems.  Along with many articles and book chapters, Professor Marshall’s books include Persona Studies: An Introduction (2019), Advertising and Promotional Cultures: Case Histories (Palgrave, 2018), Celebrity and Power (Minnesota, 2nd edition 2014), Celebrity Persona Pandemic(Minnesota, 2016), New Media Cultures (Oxford Arnold, 2004), Web Theory (2003) and Fame Games (Cambridge, 2000). His edited or co-edited books include A Companion to Celebrity (Blackwell-Wiley, 2016), Contemporary Publics (Palgrave, 2016), and The Celebrity Culture Reader (Routledge, 2006). His current research has focussed on the concept of persona and the now associated sub-field of Persona Studies which investigates the strategic construction of the public display of the self, both in its online forms and in other transforming contexts.  His forthcoming research and publications include: the General Editor of the 6-volume Cultural History of Fame (for Bloomsbury Academic), the co-authored), and the future book Emoji Culture and Gestural Communication (McGill Queens University Press, 2020).  His expertise has led to interviews published in many newspapers including the New York TimesGlobe and Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald as well as appearances on other legacy media including the BBC, CNN, Fox News, the ABC and many other media outlets around the world. Professor Marshall has also appeared in the recent documentary film about celebrity called Big in Japan (2017). Along with occasionally publishing more journalistic articles and other media, he maintains a very intermittent personal blog at

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