Gods, Icons, and Idols: Stars from Hollywood and Beyond

Country: USA

City: Milwaukee

Abstr. due: 01.06.2016

Dates: 29.10.16 — 30.10.16

Area Of Sciences: Arts; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: cnewsom@scad.edu

Organizers: University of Kansas


Stars are like gods: Worshipped. Admired. Emulated. Since the early twentieth century, stars have been the major cinematic draw for audiences and fans alike, and are an integral part of the filmmaking process, from the formulation of scripts to production strategies. For decades, A-list stars from film have made the transition to television, and today, transmedia stardom is more widespread than ever before. While much scholarly work focuses on stardom as an American phenomenon, many other countries and cultures have their own stars and star systems, which include different modes of “hero-worshipping” and industrial strategies.

This area invites 20-minute papers on a wide range of topics on stardom. Some possibilities include (but are not limited to):

    Stars from the silent era to contemporary Hollywood
    Stars from humble backgrounds or from established Hollywood families
    Transnational stars who capture the imaginations of different countries around the globe
    Stars from other industries outside of the U.S. such as India or Japan
    Posthumous stars who continue to resonate long after their deaths or stars who were once
    A-listers but are now largely forgotten
    Stars who have gained notoriety through paths outside of Hollywood
    Stars who consistently work in diverse media including television or new media
    Stars who spend time and resources outside of acting to fight for political and social causes
    Stars as auteurs
    Star–director collaborations
    Economic and industrial strategies of stardom
    Audiences, spectatorship, and fandom

Conference Web-Site: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2016/05/13/gods-icons-and-idols-stars-from-hollywood-and-beyond