***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** *The following CFP might be of interest to AIR-L members exploring Internet tools e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, Zoom, Jing, Periscope and Google Hangout in the development of celebrity academics and critics. Details are below. * *Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism?* *CUNY Graduate School of Journalism New York City, USAAugust 31-September 1, 2017* *Conference Keynote Speaker:* *Andrew Mendelson* Associate Dean & Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism *Conference Key Media Speaker:* *Tim Harper* Journalist & Visiting Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism *Call for Papers* In broadcast journalism, the notion of the ‘TV academic’ is rare but important with the origins related to the Fourth Estate’s veritable position as critical government watchdogs. Similar in nature to questions on conflating the journalist with celebrity in popular discourse are those surrounding the academic and celebrity. In his case, Birmingham City University professor and broadcaster David Wilson discovered, “The greatest tension is the growing perception by some members of the public that I am a celebrity, rather than an academic.” At the same time, he notes that the benefits of being a public scholar greatly outweigh the downsides. Mainstream TV uses social media to augment its reach, facilitating dialogues between actors and viewers. These dominant tactics further engage by mitigating the role of perceived mediators between celebrities and their on-screen personas. In an analogous way, more conversations that include academics are crucial in mainstream TV. Without them, redefining or redesigning efforts that stimulate critical faculties in the collective mind and make for good citizenry become lost amidst the noise of what postmodern French philosopher Jean Baudrillard once characterized as an era of “more and more information, and less and less meaning”. So how can an academic produce a TV show or offer television appearances while disregarding stereotypical trappings associated with the ‘celebrity academic’? How can these efforts be accomplished in ways that preserve the integrity of the academe yet also cater to mass audience within one’s area of scholarship? What are some ethical tactics and key platforms in which these voices are best and most widely heard? The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) *Bridging Gaps* conference, in association with CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites academics, journalists, publicists, producers and guests to attend, speak and collaborate at the international conference *Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism*? Join us in NYC where the conference will uniquely combine vibrant roundtable and workshop panels with a CMCS TV proposal in a collaborative network. The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive ranging from interdisciplinary academic scholars to practitioners involved in all areas of television journalism, including tactics related to engagement capitalizing on existing public and private television channels and evolving forms of social media—from YouTube to Vimeo, Zoom to Jing, Periscope to Google Hangout. Working papers and media productions will be considered for the conference. Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in an edited book. *Registration includes*: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening receptions, complimentary evening drinks, consideration for publication, and the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 best 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 Chairs William, Josh Nathan, and Andrea Marshall at email address: *[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]> - Deadline for abstract submission: *April 15, 2017* - Notification of acceptance:* May 15, 2017* - Early bird registration deadline: *June 30, 2017* - Full text due:* July 30, 2017* - Conference reception and presentations:* August 31 – September 1, 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: *[log in to unmask]* <http:[log in to unmask]> - Deadline for abstract submission: *April 15, 2017* - Notification of acceptance:* May 15, 2017* - Early bird registration deadline: *June 30, 2017* - Full text due:* July 30, 2017* - Conference reception and presentations: *August 31 – September 1, 2017* *Topics include but are not limited to:* - Television Studies - TV Celebrity - Celebrity Academic - Onscreen Persona - Fandom - Audience - Publicity - News - Interviews - Social Media - Online Video - Fiction - Genre - Biography - Literature - Fashion - Photography - Performance - Life Writings - Theory and Methods - Research Agenda - Business Models - Ethics and Morality - Media Literacy - Education and Advocacy - International Relations - Community Building - Business and Community Partnerships *Conference Keynote: *Andrew Mendelson *Conference Key Media Speaker: *Tim Harper *Conference Chairs*: William Huddy, Josh Nathan, and Andrea Marshall *Committee Members*: Samita Nandy, Nicole Bojko, Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam *Conference URL*: www.cmc-centre.com/nyc2017 *Twitter *@celeb_studies <http://www.twitter.com/celeb_studies> #BGCS17 _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). 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