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*Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 7th International
Conference **Bridging Gaps**: Where is Ethical Glamour in Celebrity
Culture?**Lisbon**, **Portugal**July 1 – 3, 2018*

*Keynotes by*:

*Kirsty Fairclough*
Associate Dean, School of Arts and Media
University of Salford, Manchester UK

*Elliot Pill*
Senior Lecturer, The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Cardiff University, Cardiff UK


The fashion modeling industry has occupied a significant area in celebrity
culture. For the past four decades, popular models, actors, authors, and
athletes among many public figures have participated in photo shoots and
runway shows, stylized their profile, and built their persona brand through
visual and literary expressions of fashion. These expressions of fashion
have played a key role in publicity and promotion of their brands. For
fans, they are ‘role models’ who help constructing subjectivity and become
objects of study, especially when it comes to beauty ideals and sexual
objectification of the body. For Elizabeth Wissinger, however, the “glamour
labour” involved in self-fashioning, surveillance, and branding is often an
inevitable and unfortunate outcome in the production of consumer values and
desirable bodies.  We ask: is this exploitative labour sustainable from the
perspective of social and environmental ethics?

As Rebecca Oxford suggests, sustainability not only supports human beings
but all other species in our ecosystem. Therefore, the idea of modeling in
contemporary practices of eco-fashion intends to reflect care towards the
quality of all life, respect human rights, promote biodiversity, and bring
balance among all species. In fact, modeling should be inclusive of all
shapes, postures, and voices in diverse sectors of work and leisure. The
exploitative use of human labour, animal skin and fur, fossil fuel, and
emission of polluting agents in the garment industry prompts us to redefine
what it means to be an eco-model as opposed to a role model that excludes
diverse bodies.

How can we use academic study and cultural productions to expand
traditional definitions and understandings of modeling? Can the body become
a biological tool to re-fashion dominant notions of glamour?  Would the use
of the body include voices of diverse abilities and, in the process,
contest ableism, lookism, and speciesism in ethical fashion and glamour?
Can the skin, as in the case of PETA nudists, become a particular text and
be semiotically read in a way that accepts, negotiates or disrupts what it
means to be a green glamour model in celebrity culture? Can newly defined
green glamour models lead to much needed liberal and democratic practices
in celebrity activism and studies of celebrity culture?

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 uses a reflective
practice paradigm and asks an urgent question, “Where is Ethical Glamour in
Celebrity Culture?” The conference problematizes what it means to be a
“model” and invites academics, models, journalists, publicists, producers
and guests to attend, speak and collaborate for research and development in
the field of study.

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive ranging from
interdisciplinary academic scholars to practitioners involved in all areas
of celebrity culture, fandom, fashion and journalism.  The conference
combines paper presentations, workshop panels, roundtables, slideshows, and
interviews that aim to bridge gaps in celebrity activism, persona branding,
and fashion education. Working papers and media productions will be
considered for the conference.

*Registration includes*: Your printed package for the complete conference,
professional development workshop, 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

·        Submit to conference Chairs Dr Ana Jorge and Dr Samita Nandy at
email address: [log in to unmask]

·        Abstract submission deadline: February 10, 2018

·        Acceptance notification: February 28, 2018

·        Early bird deadline for hotel booking & conference registration: March
31, 2018

·        Conference reception and presentations: July 1-3, 2018

*Celebrity Chat Video Submissions:*

·        Video length should be 10-20 minutes

·        Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if

·        Submit to Celebrity Chat producer Jackie Raphael at email address:
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·        Conference reception and presentations:  July 1-3, 2018

*Topics include but are not limited to:*

·                                 Celebrity

·                                 Branding and persona

·                                 Publicity and promotion

·                                 Glamour, beauty, and luxury

·                                 Skin as text

·                                 Wardrobe malfunction and scandals

·                                 Ethical fashion

·                                 Sustainable clothing

·                                 Wearable technology

·                                 Garment industry

·                                 Fair trade

·                                 Human rights

·                                 Animal rights

·                                 Environmental ethics

·                                 Green carpet

·                                 Interviews

·                                 News

·                                 Journalism

·                                 Social media and online fame

·                                 Audiences

·                                 Fandom

·                                 Fiction

·                                 Film and Video

·                                 Art history

·                                 Performance

·                                 Theory and methods

·                                 Research agenda

·                                 Business models

·                                 Ethics and morality

·                                 Cognition and memory

·                                 Media literacy

·                                 Social innovation

·                                 Education and advocacy

·                                 International relations

·                                 Community building

·                                 Business and community partnerships

*Conference Chairs*: Ana Jorge and Samita Nandy
*Conference Committee*: Jackie Raphael, Nicole Bojko and Kiera Obbard
*Conference URL:*
*Conference E-mail*: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>

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*Dr Samita Nandy*
Director, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies

Author, Fame in Hollywood North (WaterHill) | PhD Curtin University,
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