CFP: Arab Stardom - Transnational Glamour and Empowerment

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Arab Stardom: Transnational Glamour and Empowerment

Edited by Kaya Davies Hayon and Stefanie Van De Peer

 

Arab cinema is often discussed in terms of political representation and independent art film, but rarely in terms of stardom, glamour, performance or masquerade. Aside from a few individual studies on female stardom or aspects of Arab masculinity, no major English-language study on Arab stardom exists, and collections on transnational stars or world cinema often neglect to include Arab performers. This new book, provisionally titled Arab Stardom: Transnational Glamour and Performance, seeks to address this gap in the scholarship by providing the first study dedicated entirely to Arab stardom on screen. Building on the work of star studies scholars such as Richard Dyer, Russell Meeuf and Raphael Raphael, Andrea Bandhauer and Michelle Royer and Sabrina Qiong-Yu, this collection will provide contextual analyses of off-screen representation, as well as close textual analyses of films and star personas, thereby offering an in-depth study of the Arab star as text and context of Arab cinema. Using the tools of audience reception studies, the collection will look at how stars are viewed and received in different cultural contexts, both within and outside of the Arabic-speaking world.

 

We invite contributions from scholars exploring Arab stardom from historical, theoretical and philosophical approaches. The collection seeks to outline local and regional histories of Arab stardom as well as the increasingly global and transnational works of Arab stars in the contemporary era. Proposals should be sent to the editors by Friday 19 June 2020. Full chapters should be around 6,000 words each (not including bibliographies) and should be sent to the editors by 19 April 2021. A major University Press has indicated a strong interest in the proposed volume.

 

Chapters might include:

 

  • transnational approaches to Arab stars and stardom;
  • studies of major stars, such as Umm Kolthoum, Fayrouz, Biyouna or Samia Gamal;
  • discussions of diva-dom, glamour and masquerade;
  • analyses of the significance of the Egyptian star firmament, including, among many others, Omar Sharif, Faten Hamama, Hind Rostom, Nadia Lutfi, Farid Shawqi, Mohamed Mounir and Amr Waked;
  • discussions of globally emerging Arab stars such as Nadine Labaki, Bassem Youssef, Ali Sulman, Rami Malek, Hafsia Herzi and others;
  • audience reception of Arab stars in different contexts;
  • philosophical or theoretical approaches that prioritise phenomenological or affective responses to Arab stars

 

We have already received proposals for chapters on Soad Hosny, Loubna Azabal, Jamel Debbouze, and Hiam Abbass so we’d encourage interested scholars to think beyond these stars. We would welcome contributions from scholars with expertise in the area, and especially hope to include contributions from women scholars, scholars from the Arab world, early career researchers, or scholars from diverse cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in academia.

 

Please send proposals for chapters as a Word document, including title, 300-word abstract, researcher’s full name, title, institutional affiliation (if possible) and short bio (max 100 words) to Stefanie Van De Peer (stefanievandepeer@gmail.com) or Kaya Davies Hayon (kdavieshayon@lincoln.ac.uk) by Friday 19 June 2020.