We are excited to announce that the abstract review procedure has been completed! We were delighted to receive almost 250 abstracts proposals and quite a lot of panel proposals: we can’t wait to welcome you all in Amsterdam in June!
Special thanks to our review committee, who were willing to judge all the proposals in a very short period of time. Their insights and feedback have been tremendously helpful to many of us. The committee consisted of:
James Bennett, Head of Department, Media Arts and Reader in Television and Digital Culture. His work focuses on the production cultures and shape of television and celebrity in digital culture. His latest edited collection, Media Independence: Working with freedom or working for free (Routledge, 2014), examines the role independence plays in the formation and role of media systems around the world. He is one of the founding editors of Celebrity Studies Journal, and on the editorial board of Television & New Media.
Olivier Driessens, Lecturer in the Sociology of Media and Culture at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include the sociology of visibility, celebrity, mediatisation, causality and social theory. These interests have previously been combined in his work on celebritisation and are now taken further to research changing publicness.
Sophie Einwächter, a German film and media studies scholar working on fan culture, online communities, social media, film analysis and media theory. So far, she taught at the universities of Bochum, Frankfurt, and Mannheim, and she has been a member of the Steering Committee of NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) since 2012.
Gaston Franssen, assistant professor in Literary Culture at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests include literary authorship, literary celebrity and self-narration. Currently, he is editing two volumes on literary celebrity, and involved as a post-doc researcher in the four year research program Management of the Self: a Humanities Approach to Self-Management in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.
Joyce Goggin, senior lecturer in literature, film and media studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has published widely on gambling and finance in literature, painting, film, TV, and computer games. Her most recent work includes The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness, a co-edited volume forthcoming with Routledge, and an article on Las Vegas in film entitled “Opening Shots and Loose Slots” for Screen.
Hannah Hamad, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK, and the author of Postfeminism and Paternity in Contemporary US Film: Framing Fatherhood (New York and London: Routledge, 2013). She is also editor of the Forum section of Celebrity Studies Journal.
Su Holmes, Reader in Television at the University of East Anglia. She has published widely on celebrity (particularly in terms of TV celebrity and reality TV) and co-edits Celebrity Studies. Her current research focuses on the relationship between media and feminist approaches to eating disorders, with recent articles on this topic in Feminist Media Studies and Participations
Jaap Kooijman, Associate Professor in Media Studies and American Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Fabricating the Absolute Fake: America in Contemporary Pop Culture (AUP 2013) and co-founding editor of NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies.
Siobhan Lyons, PhD candidate and tutor at Macquarie University, researching a history of literary celebrity. Her work has appeared in Continuum, Celebrity Studies, The Washington Post, The Conversation, Philosophy Now, Overland, and various other publications.
Koen Panis, (guest) lecturer in television studies at the University of Antwerp, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Ghent University. He obtained his PhD in communication studies (University of Antwerp, 2013) with a dissertation on the effectiveness of celebrities’ involvement in socio-political causes. His work has been published in a.o. Celebrity Studies, Communications – The European Journal of Communication Research, and Javnost – The Public.
Sean Redmond, Associate Professor in Media and Communication at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is editor of the journal Celebrity Studies, author of The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano: Flowering Blood (2013), and Celebrity and the Media (2013).
Jan Rock, Assistant Professor of Modern Dutch Literature at the University of Amsterdam and affiliated to the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN). He publishes and teaches on the history of historicist culture, philology and nationalism in the Netherlands.
Lorraine York, Senator William McMaster Chair in Canadian Literature and Culture at McMaster University. She is the author of Literary Celebrity in Canada (2007), and Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity (2013). Celebrity Cultures in Canada, co-edited with Katja Lee, has just appeared with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.