CFP: Cinematic Reflections on Stardom…

Cinematic Reflections on Stardom and the ‘Stardom Film’ 
An international conference hosted by the Film Studies Department,
King’s College, London 
Friday 13 September 2013

Keynote Speakers:Prof Rachel Dwyer (SOAS, UoL) and Prof Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway, UoL)
Closing panel led by Prof Ginette Vincendeau (King’s College London)

Stardom is a well-established and thriving area in film studies. Recent series such as the BFI Palgrave’s Film Stars and Rutgers University Press’s Stars Decades, as well as Routledge’s Celebrity Studies journal offer compelling examples of expansion in the field. This conference wishes to explore an, as yet, largely untapped area of star studies, the ‘stardom film’. Specifically, it aims to explore the ways in which the phenomenon of stardom has been represented and reflected upon in popular cinema, art and artists’ film, and documentary.

We welcome considerations of all types of stardom (music and theatre stars, royalty, politicians, sportsmen and women). In particular, we appeal to considerations of representations of film stars and stardom from various national, historical and generic contexts – an over-looked area that has particular potential for wider reflection not only on star and celebrity studies but also on the cinematic medium, as well as cinephilia.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

–    Cinematic forms and genres about stardom:

  • Melodramas and musicals
  • Biopics and ‘autobiopics’
  • Portraiture
  • Art cinema
  • Found-footage film and experimental film
  • Documentaries (from direct cinema and mockumentary to DVD extras and E! Entertainment).

–    Cinematic representations of the origins of stardom, including the many variations of the ‘a star is born’ narrative within Hollywood and world cinemas.
–    Performance issues arising from ‘stardom films’, such as playing oneself and camp.
–    Case studies, including star couples (both romantic and non-romantic on-screen teams).
–    Cinephilia and intertextuality.
–    Reception and fan cultures.

Please send an abstract of 200-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes, along with a short bio of approx 100 words to and by Friday 1st March 2013.