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 series, 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.

Call for paper

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline:2016-10-30

Topics of submission

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


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