2014 Performing Stardom symposium

“Performing Stardom”: New Methods in Critical Star Studies
Friday 29th May, 2015

NoRMMA organised an interdisciplinary conference on non-traditional approaches to star studies research. The one-day event was held at the University of Kent on May 29th, 2015.


Dr Catherine Grant, University of Sussex
Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Coventry University

The event focused on ways to explore film studies research through non-traditional approaches. Examples include: performance, video essays, creative fiction/non-fiction, and various multimedia projects. Through this symposium, we wished to explore the connections between scholarship and fandom, research and creativity, the benefits and disadvantages of exploring an (audio)visual art through (audio)visual means, and the development of the innovative and ever-emerging field of practice as research.

Please find below the day’s schedule:

9.00 – 9.30

Registration (Grimond Foyer)

9.30 – 9.40

Welcome (Aphra Theatre)

Dr Tamar Jeffers-McDonald

9.40 – 10.30

Keynote 1 (Aphra Theatre)

Losing/finding/creating the (child) star: online mourning and videographic film and moving image studies

Dr Catherine Grant

10.40 – 12.10

Panel 1: Representation (Aphra Theatre)

Losing Mothers: Erotics of Motherhood and the Queer Allure of Julianne Moore as MILF

Dr Cüneyt Çakırlar (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

Dearest Mommie: Joan Crawford’s Imitations of Life

Lies Lanckman (University of Kent, UK)

“She Stole Everything but the Camera”: Demonstrating Mae West’s Powerful Embodied Performance Presence

Dr Alissa Clarke (De Montfort University, UK)

12.10 – 1.00

Lunch (Grimond Foyer)

1.00 – 1.50

Keynote 2 (Aphra Theatre)

“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”: A Dialogue with “Judy Garland”

Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse

2.00 – 3.30

Panel 2: Performance and Memory (Aphra Theatre)

Spontaneity, naturalness, vitality: analysing Anna Magnani’s performance style frame by frame

Sarah Culhane (University of Bristol, UK)

Embodying Stardom: Memories of Stars in Audio-Visual Interviews

Dr Catherine O’Rawe (University of Bristol, UK)

Stars in (De)Construction: Television Stars Performing, Referencing, and Mocking their Fame

Dr Stelios Christodoulou (Independent scholar)

3.30 – 3.45

Break (Grimond Foyer)

3.45 – 5.15

Panel 3: Narrative Construction and Fandom (Aphra Theatre)

Maurice Elvey, a film about Nelson and a Superstar Quilt

Lucie Dutton, (Birkbeck College, University of London, UK)

“A Little Less Hollywood”: The Narrative Construction of Elvis at the 02

Ann-Marie Fleming (University of Kent, UK)

Star Collections: utilising the work of the private collector in academic star studies

Prof Steve Chibnall (De Montfort University, UK)

5.15 – 5.30

Roundtable (Aphra Theatre)

Dr Tamar Jeffers-McDonald

5.30 – 6.00

Coffee and cake (Grimond Foyer)

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