*Celebrity and Glamour*

Posted in Uncategorized on March 9th, 2010 by admin

Please join us at the upcoming CLTC graduate student conference:

Friday, May 21st, 2010
University of California, Santa Barbara

“Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don’t know, and who don’t know us.” — Nicolas de Chamfort

What does it mean to think about ‘celebrity’ and ‘glamour’ in the contemporary moment? What are the parameters of these two concepts? What is the relationship between celebrity and glamour? Is contemporary celebrity distinct from ‘celebrity’ in previous historical moments and cultural contexts, ranging from ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy, from the Romantics to the Russian Revolution? Can we speak of political celebrity? Literary, artistic or intellectual celebrity? How do these concepts traverse political, national, economic, and cultural terrains in producing new configurations of desires and imaginaries? How are Western/American discourses and images of celebrity and glamour exported and circulated throughout the global media economy? How do non-Western audiences and culture-makers absorb and/or contest these memes from inside or outside of that same economy? With the huge worldwide user-base of YouTube, Twitter and other social networking and media sharing platforms, the economic travails of older media (publishing, Hollywood, etc.), the increasing ubiquity of ‘reality’ television programming, the popularity of do-it-yourself celebrity gossip blogs, and do-it-yourself viral video stardom, we seem to have reached a moment in which obscurity and celebrity are unstable notions whose dynamic relationship demands further inquiry.Both celebrity and glamour–past and present–are in need of interrogation in relation to the ongoing discourses concerning representation, theory, networks, the body, gender, power, community and so on.

It is with this in mind that the Consortium for Literature, Theory and Culture at the University of California, Santa Barbara has chosen *Celebrity and Glamour* as the themes of this year’s CLTC conference, which seeks interventions from graduate student scholars around California that consider these notions in historical, literary, cultural, or aesthetic terms.

The conference will be held at the UCSB Centennial House on May 21st, 2010.
The CLTC is proud to welcome two distinguished keynote speakers to this event: Professor of English at the University of California Santa Barbara Bishnupriya Ghosh and Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California, Josh Kun.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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