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CFP - Celebrity & Youth Anthology

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Deadline date: 
15 Apr 2017

Call for Chapters
Celebrity & Youth Anthology
Spring-Serenity Duvall, editor
Forthcoming, 2018
Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
Mediated Youth Series (Sharon R. Mazzarella, Series Editor)

The anthology Celebrity & Youth, currently under contract with Peter Lang Publishing, Inc, will be a collection of scholarship that explores contemporary fame, youth, ageing, and media. Celebrity & Youth will encourage interdisciplinary examinations of intersectional identities, diversity within celebrity and fan cultures, and an international perspective on the production of stardom.

This volume will foreground critical methodologies and specifically encourage reception studies and political economy approaches to understanding celebrity and youth cultures. Celebrity & Youth will interrogate such topics as the production of fame among young social media stars, the aspirations of young consumers to attain stardom, and the impact that celebrities may have on notions of citizenship and socio-political engagement for young people. Celebrity & Youth will also consider young people as celebrity content producers – such as YouTube stars – in order to explore how audiences may bestow the status of “expert” or “auteur” on young creators.

This collection considers the processes of celebrities and audiences ageing from youth into maturity, as well as shifting notions of what constitutes “youthfulness.” Finally, this volume will explore how youth is being articulated and marketed across a range of media platforms and social realms – from product endorsements and the social media phenomenon of young Instagram fashion stars to voter turnout efforts and celebrity hashtag activism.

Potential topics related to youth and celebrity include, but are not limited to:

  • Celebrity hashtag activists and appeals to young protesters around such issues as Black Lives Matter, sex trafficking, and environmentalism
  • Niche celebrities and audience fracturing by racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, and religious identities
  • “Child stars” with famous parents, such as Willow and Jaden Smith and Miley Cyrus
  • Aging and youth as social constructs
  • Audience interpretations, with an emphasis on the perspective of diverse young consumers and considerations of intersectional identities
  • Gendered youth consumption of celebrities, including girl cultures
  • Celebrity boyhood and masculinity
  • Global political celebrity and the significance of the “youth vote”
  • Gaming celebrity, including game designers as auteurs and celebrity gamers
  • Muslim social media/blogging celebrities
  • Plastic surgery/body modification and shifting beauty norms
  • Gender non-conformity
  • Fame and sexuality; LGBTQ stars and audiences
  • Youth audiences negotiating coming of age
  • Aspirations to criminal fame through gun violence/school shootings
  • YouTube youth stars
  • Babies/children made social media stars by parents
  • Youth consumerism and celebrity product endorsements
  • Young supermodels such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner; beauty industry stars such as James Charles

Send 500 word abstracts and brief contributor bios to Spring Duvall at spring.duvall@salem.edu.

April 15: Abstracts due
April 30: Contributors notified of decisions on proposals
August 31: First draft chapters due to editor
December 15: Final chapters due to editor

Dr. Spring-Serenity Duvall is a media studies scholar who researches transnational celebrity culture, commodity activism, breastfeeding advocacy, and girl cultures. She is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Chair of the Communication Department at Salem College (USA). In 2015, she was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she conducted a research project titled “Canadian Celebrity Activism and Transnational Media in the Niagara Border Region.”