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Call for Papers: Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?

Friday, September 09, 2016   (0 Comments)
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CALL FOR PAPERS

Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?

Performance Café, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, USA

March 18-19, 2017

There have been significant debates on gaps between filmmakers and film scholars. Film scholars have been critical of dominant representations that tend to overlook classist, sexist, and ethnocentric trends in the production of films and glamorous images in Hollywood. Yet, scholarly views in academic writing are not adequately addressed in film production and in journalism. Scholars can address the issues through journalism and moving image practices in which filmmakers are trained. CMCS sponsored Celebrity Chat is an example of this trend. Can a new form of film ‘critic’ be situated in journalistic and scholarly discussions and screenings? Can the critiques become a new form of ‘activism’ that is different yet supports ideals of celebrity activism in Hollywood and beyond?

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps conference, in association with sponsors Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites papers and audiovisual material that explore the relationship among four key themes related to Hollywood – theory, production, criticism, and activism. We invite academics, filmmakers, journalists, publicists, and guests to present and connect cutting-edge research areas from a range of interdisciplinary fields and address social justice issues in moving image practices.

We also invite people to send in videos for the Celebrity Chat Award. The best video/documentary will be selected based on its ability to draw attention to a significant matter, be relevant to the conference theme and inspire change. Extended versions of selected papers will be invited for publication.

Registration includes: Your printed conference package, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening receptions, evening drinks, professional development workshop, and consideration for the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 screen awards.

Submission guidelines:

250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
Submit to conference Chair Dr Samita Nandy at email address: celeb.studies2017@gmail.com
Deadline for abstract submission: October 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance: December 2, 2016
Full text due: February, 17, 2017
Conference presentation and reception: March 18-19, 2017
Celebrity Chat Video Submissions:

Video length should be 10-20 minutes
Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
Submit to Celebrity Chat producer Dr Jackie Raphael at email address: celeb.studies2017@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: October 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance: December 2, 2016
Conference screening: March 18-19, 2017
Topics include but are not limited to:

Hollywood and non-Hollywood stardom
Entertainment industry
Film, video, and television
Cinematic adaptations of novels
Photography
Glamour and beauty
Mass media and social media
Journalism
Interviews
Public relations
Persona and branding
Endorsements
Social advocacy
Celebrity activism
Activists as celebrities
Human rights and animal rights
Environment and climate change
Audiences and fandom
Laws and Policies
Theory and Methods
Research Agenda
Business Models
Ethics and Morality
Cognition and Memory
Media Literacy
Social Innovation and Change
Education and Advocacy
Community Building
Business and Community Partnerships
Conference Chairs: Dr Samita Nandy

Conference Committee Members: Dr Jackie Raphael, Dr Nicole Bojko and Kiera Obbard

Conference URL: www.cmc-centre.com/losangeles