Deadline: March 31, 2014
Dates: July 4-5, 2014
Location: University of Portsmouth, UK
Building on recent scholarship that has demonstrated that the discourses, practices and conditions associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century celebrity culture were already in place in America and Europe by the end of the eighteenth century, this conference explores the transatlantic dimensions of nineteenth-century constructions of fame and fandom. It considers the ways transatlantic celebrity affected relationships between, and the identities of, celebrities and fans, and facilitated a questioning of geographically located notions of identity, race, gender and class. In the context of new forms of communication, transport and media that irrevocably altered celebrity cultural exchanges across the Atlantic, this conference focuses on the nature of celebrity encounters and the complexities of relationships between famous Americans and their British fans; British lions and their American devotees;
and British and American celebrities.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a brief biographical note listing your affiliation, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is 14th of February 2014.