Call for Papers: Celebrity and Fan Studies Area for NEPCA 2019 Fall Conference

Priscilla Hobbs, Ph.D.'s picture
Call for Papers
June 15, 2019
New Hampshire, United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, Area Studies

The Celebrity and Fan Studies Area is welcoming proposals for inclusion in the 2019 fall New England Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference from scholars and independent researchers interested in interrogating the ideas and the ideals of celebrity and fandom. We welcome submissions from all theoretical and philosophical perspectives. We are open to submissions in any area of celebrity studies including but not limited to:

  • Creation and authenticity of celebrity
  • Celebrity and gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity and age
  • Celebrity marketing, advertising, and public relations
  • Social media use and celebrity status
  • Fandom of celebrities
  • Political celebrity
  • Celebrity and illness
  • Sport celebrity
  • Issues of fame and what it means to be famous in our culture
  • Celebrity comparisons between cultures
  • Trust and value of celebrity
  • An individual celebrity

NEPCA presentations are generally 15-20 minutes in length and may be delivered either formally or informally.  NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment involving graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Proposals are due by June 15, 2019.
  • Proposals should include a working title (no more than 60 characters), an abstract (no more than 250 words), and a short bio (between 50 and 200 words).
  • Submissions for papers and/or panels should be made online through the “2019 Proposal Form” at, selecting the “Celebrity and Fan Studies” area.

Any questions may be directed to area chair, Dr. Priscilla Hobbs, at Please include the phrase “NEPCA Celebrity/Fan Studies” in the subject line.

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