HomeNewsCall for Papers – Starring Asia: A Three-Day International Conference on Asian Stardom and Celebrity, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, December 2-4, 2019
Call for Papers – Starring Asia: A Three-Day International Conference on Asian Stardom and Celebrity, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, December 2-4, 2019
24 April, 2019
In this three-day conference, the varied ways through which stardom and celebrity emerges in and across Asia will be explored. We understand Asia as a geographical location and a geopolitical set of interfaces, both interconnected and divided by a number of distinct National imaginaries and transnational vectors. Stardom and celebrity is understood to be a central part of the Asian attention economy; wrapped up in questions of representation and identity, democratic and demotic articulations; and utilised in various nationalist and transnational discourses. The relationship between binaries, core and periphery, major and minoritarian cultural forms will also be addressed. The questions that energise this call for papers are:
What does stardom and celebrity mean in Asian
regions? How has it been conceptualized?
What impressions, economies and desires does
it elicit? What problems and concerns does it provoke?
What is its complex, diverse and multifarious
relationship to Western experiences and practices, and global celebrity culture
Alongside the conference will be a free
public screening event which will include the showing of four seminal ‘star
vehicle’ films: from China, Japan, India, and South Korea. Each film will be
introduced by a leading screen expert and will be followed by an industrial
panel with leading star figures from those industries.
Topics to be addressed, complicated and
critiqued could include:
Theorizing Stardom and Celebrity in Asian regions – textual and contextual approaches and provocations