The Research Centre in Film & Digital Media at Newcastle University, UK, will host an international conference, Revisiting Star Studies, on June 12-14, 2013.
Keynote speakers: Dr Stephanie Dennison (University of Leeds), Dr Neepa Majumdar (University of Pittsburgh), Prof Yingjin Zhang (University of California-San Diego).
Dr Martin Shingler (University of Sunderland), co-editor of the BFI Film Stars series to be launched in July 2012, will also host a panel on this new project.
Since its inception in the pioneering works of Edgar Morin (Les Stars, 1957) and Richard Dyer (Stars, 1979), studies of film stardom have been strongly associated with Hollywood structures. There have also been numerous valuable contributions to our understanding of stardom in different national cinemas, including recent work by colleagues here at Newcastle. However in all these efforts to explore stardom in a national context, not only does Hollywood often remain the ultimate reference, but Hollywood-generated paradigms often dominate the discussion of non-Hollywood stardom. Many fundamental assumptions in star studies based mainly on Hollywood stars and stardom (such as stars as phenomena of production and consumption, the onscreen and off-screen construction of star personas, and the inter-transferability between stars’ economic power and cultural power) remain unchallenged.
This conference aims to reassess some of the dominant models in star studies, and generate new critical paradigms that are more appropriate to address non-Hollywood stardom. We also wish to identify under-researched areas in film stardom. Special attention will be given to the analysis of how stars/stardom function-and have functioned–in visual cultures outside Hollywood, such as those in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. However, any papers or panels on the theme of revisiting star studies are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Stardom in non-Western cultures
- Transnational acting and performance
- Star voices
- Early stardom and pre-star system
- Stardom and age
- Religion and stardom
- Stardom, power, politics
- Amateur stars, non-professional stars, neo-realist stars
- Stars in non-capitalist societies (past and present)
- Pan-African, Pan-Asian and Pan-European stardom
- Stars and film festivals
- Stars and fashion
- Posthumous stardom
- Fictional characters as stars
- Anti-stardom, virtual stardom and post-stardom
- Stardom, fandom and the Internet
- Stardom, gender, and sexuality
- Stardom, ethnicity, class