Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Presenting Persona around the world: Part Two of Making sense of an academic's journey

Sometimes it hard to keep blog posts going. We work and work and the idea of presenting material that is more a reflection of this work gets left out and left behind.  I do sense the obligation to maintain the flow of my intellectual journey further and with my last post I had only reported to the middle of 2015.
What follows is a very quick version of what has occurred in 2015 and I will present a follow-up post in 2016 to catch up to late July 2016  as soon as I can get a free moment.

MEDIATED WORLDS: University of Tokyo - July 23-25 2015
Jason Karlin organised an incredible summer school at the University of Tokyo as part of their Interfaculty Initiative in the Information Studies Graduate School of the University of Tokyo entitled Mediated Worlds: Sociality, Publicness and Celebrity. I presented my Keynote address and later participated in some follow-up workshops with some leading early career scholars in the area from around the world as well as other distinguished speakers.  The title of my own talk was:The Era of Persona: The Personalization Complex, Celebrity, and our transforming public culture. I attempted to explore the personalization  complex in the era of persona and how this has expanded over the last two centuries but intensified in the last 20 years.

 It was a wonderful event. And it allowed me to expand on the political implications that persona studies reveals in its development in the era of online culture and how they are informed in a transformation of identity from a representational cultural regime to a presentational cultural regime.  I hope you might have time to explore the prezi further and  the link to the presentation which is publicly available is here
Tokyo was equally breathtaking and beautifully organised and my hosts ensured that all participants had an opportunity to explore the interesting and unique celebrity culture of Japan and Tokyo itself.

Returning to CCNU - Wuhan and making an impact: Branding and Self-branding

 As part of my work as Distinguished Foreign expert status at Central China Normal University, I organised for one further week in September 2015 and one major public lecture in the School of Journalism and Communication.  In September I presented: Branding, Self-branding and the New Attention Economy and I managed to explicate the strange development from the era of slaves and cattle proprietorship, through the period of the gradual monetization and scaling of value in branding in corporate cultures in the late 20th century, to an attention-economy expansion into normalized self-branding in the 21st century. I hope my guests gained something from the experience. It was a useful intellectual foray for myself so that the idea of persona could be juxtaposed beside the critical consumer cultural studies approach to self-branding.  In later posts, I will attempt to provide some video space that tries to in short versions go through the new lexicon of terms that I have been developing through persona studies to explain the contemporary persona. Until I get there, here is the link to this branding- self branding prezi.

 Public Intellectuals - which public intellectuals?

 In late July, I also organised with Cassandra Atherton a symposium that was connected to our original research on public intellectuals that we had just published in  Media International Australia which just happened to produce the best cover for a journal I have ever seen - as you can see.  We expanded on that work with the New Popularizing Knowledge Matrix Symposium at Deakin University on the 31st of July. I presented: We need to Talk about Ted: Understanding Popular Intellectual Culture which investigated the patterns and meanings generated by the successful Ted Talks as they have proliferated throughout the world for more than twenty years. Here you can take a look at the presented prezi I gave for that talk

 Agency moves centre-stage in my thinking: University of Cologne : December 2016

Brigitte Weingart organised perhaps the most ambitious international lecture series at the University of Cologne's Department of Media and Culture on Mega-Stars/Micro- Celebrities: media Cultures of Famousness.  I was honoured to be included in the series which ran from late 2015 well into 2016.
It was for this event that I began to develop in a more serious way how agency is implicated in the developing dimensions of the era of persona.  My talk - and the prezi is here - was called  Understanding Contemporary Agency: Persona, the public self, and online culture  and I presented the organisation of the public self as a particular form of individualized agency. I relied at least obliquely on Latour and the way in which agency is implicated in the visibility of social actions and transformation  in particular; but more widely I was developing the complexity with which modern online and pervasive public personas are an emerging form of agent and cannot be easily reduced to the subject quality of previous political economic thinking about the commodification of the self.  The questions and responses to the work were engaging and I thank the students and faculty at the University of Cologne.
I followed up my talk with a workshop  hosted and sponsored by the International College and Institute Morphomata entitled The Challenge of Method in Celebrity Studies.  Along with fellow panelists Professor Brigitte Weingart and Hanjo Berressem, Professor of American Literature and Culture and room full of intrigued scholars, we debated the way in which method was implicated in the production of the study of celebrity.  
 This event followed by the wonderful book launch of   A Companion to Celebrity  by myself and Sean Redmond.  As you can see, we tried to replicate the most famous "selfie" from the 2014 Academy Awards event and now the great cover of our book!  The book itself gathers together the best scholars in the world who deal with the many aspects of celebrity culture. Divided into 8 sections and 27 chapters it is the definitive book in the study of celebrity culture - from its genealogy to its politics, , it value, its formation of identity and identification, its related technologies, its constitution of emotion and its form of  embodiment.  Just 557 pages in length, I hope you have the chance to pore over its many insights.

Adieu - 2015

So, 2015 was an incredible year of engagement with scholars around the world.  All of these public addresses, keynotes and workshops gave me an opportunity few have. I had people listening to my ideas, my new ideas. The experience was very rewarding as various students and scholars challenged my approaches, extended my ideas into directions I hadn't imagined and generally became part of what was a small element of the collective mind of intellectual life.  It may not be equivalent to the Collective Mind that Levy has proffered in his writing; it was probably much closer to what Hartley has described as "deme" culture.  I will explore these peculiar and particular types of micro-publics in future posts.  It also gave me a chance to observe the differentiated cityscapes internationally.  Thank you to all my hosts and guides. I hope I can reciprocate.
My next post: 2016 - the new directions in my persona work....

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Publicizing Ideas as an Academic: Public Lectures and Key notes in 2015 Part 1

Academics work in an interesting space. They often not only need to develop their ideas, but they also need to convey them in a variety of ways to others.  Given that most of us have lectured in classrooms of varying sizes, this process of public presentation of the self is usually seen as part of the job.  We have to become adept at speaking, at constructing "slides", at reading an audience.  This can be a challenging experience when you are in environments where your own words are simultaneously translated by someone else.  At times, these same moments of presentation that can be scary are exhilarating. You can see people take your ideas - and occasionally you can actually see "aha" moments by your audience members.

I have been asked this year to present my ideas about persona and persona studies and I have been flattered by these requests.  I have met some of the most interesting people and had some of the most fascinating conversations.  What I wanted to pass on in this post is not only what these events entailed, but also the value of those experiences for myself and I hope others.

Perth: February 26-27 2015

I was invited to Perth to be a part of a workshop organised by Lucy Montgomery and John Hartley.  We were all working towards seeing if a new Centre of Excellence could be formed. In the Australian context, this is a funded research centre by the Australian Research Council and by its name identifies the development of clear leadership in a given field or area.  In some ways, this was not a public event. It was working towards a bid.  The title of the Workshop intersected with John Hartley and Lucy Montgomery's work at Curtin University in Perth and crossed over strongly with that of Jason Potts, now at RMIT. What they called it at the time was: Publishing-Knowledge- Citizenship: The Creation, Distribution and Governance of Knowledge in Open Complex Systems,  International Workshop,  and an array of people from a variety of disciplines and geographically dispersed institutions came together to talk  about how knowledge is formed and how this could be both studied and facilitated through a Centre of Excellence. My own address was entitled: "The Personalization Complex: Reconceptualising Publishing”.
 It generated interesting discussions of how research worked, how knowledge clubs formed to produce journals and clusters of activities that generated new knowledge; and somewhere near the centre was the idea of "demes" as the small organising unit that described these activities of involvement, engagement and ultimately knowledge production and dissemination and sharing.  We will see where this leads, but it remains intriguing to me and does dovetail into much of my recent work on public intellectuals that I will leave for another post.

 Bathurst: Charles Sturt University - Mask: Performance, Performativity, and Communication Symposium

In April, I was invited by Johanna Fawkes to provide the opening address to a new movement of research at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales. A group of creative artists as well as academics emerging from the fields of public relations, communication and journalism were developing varied approaches to the study of the public presentation of Masks.   Before the actual Symposium I led a research workshop on how a research culture could be developed using the example of how Persona Studies and PCP had developed at Deakin.  
We worked via mind-mapping how their projects intersected with the themes of public presentation and persona as well as working out how a parallel research culture could be fostered at Charles Sturt University.  The following day I presented my Prezi "Masks and Publics" Keynote presentation. The two days in Bathurst were engaging and led to some new directions for my work, but also allowed me to see the way that persona played across different disciplines and professions.

“Masks and Publics: Understanding the Singular/Collective Qualities of Contemporary Persona”,

Keynote Address for Mask: Performance, Performativity and Communication Symposium, Charles Sturt University, School of Communication and Creative Industries (SCCI) 17 April, 2015, Bathurst, NSW

Wuhan: Central China Normal University - School of Journalism and Communication

In late 2014, I visited campus of Central China Normal University and gave a number of lectures.  Following that visit, The School of Journalism and Communication sponsored me to be part of a national program in China to bring in leading international academics.  I was honoured to find that their application on my behalf was successful.  I am now the Distinguished Foreign Expert at CCNU. Throughout the month of May and for a further week in September, the School of Journalism and Communication hosted me as I worked to build the research culture there and presented a series of public lectures, workshops and talks.  It was an amazing time in so many ways.
 I was included in their table tennis team which was wonderful for me - although the quality of play was extraordinary.  The graduate students were my regular guides and hosts. And I would particularly like to thank Associate Professor Junfeng Chen for his assistance and help before and during my visit.  What follows is a quick summary of my talks there.  I am hoping on developing in collaboration with CCNU research on the emerging contemporary personas in China, which will include a study of the emergent forms of individualism ( I aiming to link this to their T-shirt culture - more about that later!), and comparative celebrity cultures.    Here are some of my presentations as prezis that I gave during my two sojourns at CCNU:
“What is Persona Studies?”, Public Lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Central China Normal University, Public Lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Wuhan China 25 May 2015.

“Understanding Mediatization”, Public Lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Central China Normal University, Wuhan China 19 May 2015.

“How to Interview Celebrities,” Special Master class lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Central China Normal University, Wuhan China  22 May 2015. Prezi: http://prezi.com/5uqvf0tnc4ia/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

“Publishing Internationally”, Public Lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Central China Normal University, Wuhan China  1 June 2015. Prezi: http://prezi.com/wkkevz0yzpxh/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
“Building a research culture", Public Lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Central China Normal University, Wuhan China 26 May 2015.
“Collaboration in Research: programs, projects and publishing”, Public Lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Central China Normal University Wuhan China, 27 May 2015. Prezi: http://prezi.com/knt6r5hj_st1/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Auckland: Auckland University of Technology

In June, I was invited by Barry King to give a Key-note address at the Public Self Symposium. The Symposium was held at the Auckland Art Gallery and was co-sponsored by the Auckland University of Technology. I had the pleasure of meeting a group of scholars and the other Key-note from the University of Otago,  Hilary Radner, who gave a fascinating talk on Tilda Swinton and her "alternative" and "independent" identity. My own talk tried to develop something I was linking to the "attention complex" and called it the Personalization Complex.  Defining a relative zone of persona was the ultimate work of the the presentation. I enjoyed my entire time in Auckland and even had a chance to catch up with Misha Kavka.
“The Zone of Persona: The Personalization Complex and The Changing Negotiation of our Public World” Keynote Address for the Public Self - persona from performance to performativity Symposium, - Auckland Art Gallery - Auckland University of Technology, 9 June, Auckland, New Zealand (plus a Research workshop facilitation: 10 June 2015)

And this post details up to the middle of the year. A great deal was developed in my work and research on persona studies through these various talks and presentations.   Next post: Tokyo, Melbourne and back to Wuhan - CCNU, and then a final excursion to Cologne, Germany at the end of the year in December.  I will try and get through some of my other activities as well in future posts.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

And more presentations from late in 2014: Wuhan, Hong Kong, Paris... oh my!

There is no question. 2014 was a remarkable year. It was absolutely filled with travel. And through that travel, I was privileged to be able to give a series of talks, lectures and keynote addresses. In previous posts, I have talked about and provided some details about my talks at Deakin, Vancouver, and London; but I didn't quite get to some of the most intriguing series of talks that I gave in China, Hong Kong and Paris towards the end of the year.

Each of these trips, I am deeply indebted to my hosts. I met some very interesting students and researchers and was permitted to explore the universities and cities on each of these adventures. In fact, my hosts were also responsible for being my guides on these adventures. There is no question that the series of talks allowed me to explore further dimensions around my work on persona and Persona Studies.  It also gave me some of the best opportunities to see if these ideas make sense in these quite different parts of the world.

I am going to try and summarize these trips and the talks that I gave in October and November last year in the rest of this post.

Central China Normal University - Wuhan, China

I have to preface these remarks that I had never really been to China before this trip. I had had stopovers in Shanghai, but I think I am in good company that other than the painful waits at airports and perhaps customs, these do not count as countries that I have visited.  In October, I was invited by Central China Normal University to be one of their four Keynote Speakers for a major international conference on Cultural and Technological Innovation and Development of the Cultural Industries. The hosts within the university were  from the National Research Centre for the Cultural Industries. It was a provocative subject and a challenge for me to think of how my research on persona shapes the cultural industries.  My Keynote presentation I think was well-received and for some at least was able to identify the links between individual construction, both industrial and otherwise, and collective constructions. Here is its Prezi - with the Anonymous-Guy Fawkes mask privileged. The link to the Prezi is also just below.

"Persona in the Creative Industries: Cultural and Industrial Patterns and the Contemporary Interplay of the Collective and the Individual”  Keynote Address, International Conference on Cultural and Technological Innovation and Development of Cultural Industries: CCNU, Wuhan China, 12 -13 October 2014. Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/_pniipkmmhte/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
    The very next day, I presented to very full room (75 at least) of researchers and graduate students connected to the Centre.  The talk served to explain one of my key terms - Intercommunication - more fully and link it to industrial patterns as well as the concept of the public persona. The Prezi, as displayed below, generated some very interesting discussions with the students and researchers in the Centre. It also is a useful document for me and saves me sometimes re-explaining some of my key concepts. I hope it gets many views and of course, perhaps people will go on to read my academic articles once their interest is piqued by these presentations.

“ "The Intercommunication Industries and the generation of a new era of public personas”. Public Lecture, National Research Centre for the Cultural Industries, CCNU, Wuhan, China, 14 October, 2014

The following day, I was invited to give a public lecture to the School of Journalism and Communication. Again, it was a massive crowd and by my basic reckoning was over 150 people composed of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. I had a wonderful dinner with three of the students and the Associate Professor Junfeng Chen. My host for the evening was the DeputyDean of the School, Peng Tao who provided a delightful introduction and had his students simultaneously translate my talk and their questions. My focus in this talk was more on celebrity and my presentation made it clear that there is some major comparative research to be done how celebrity and public persona operates in China and how that is both related to and distinctively different from the way it has operated in places such as Australia, North america and Europe. Below is the link to the Prezi and the provocative talk. I think my background image captured the constant reconstruction of public identity that we engage with and that our culture has produced over the last two centuries.

"Modelling of the Self: Celebrity, Media and the formation of Reputation and Persona”, Public Lecture, School of Journalism and Communication, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China,  15 October, 2014. Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/0rn4v2arc_nn/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

There are many people to thank:
My guide and translator Jingyao, a graduate student in the NRCCI and my English translator;
All the people I met in the NRCCI, including Dr Song Yi, and  Professor Huang Yonglin who took me out to some amazing dinners and lunches throughout my stay;
And the entire School of Journalism and Communication: you were all wonderful hosts.  From the International Office, I would also like to thank the generosity of ShaoRen (Bunny) who kept it all together throughout my stay.

The University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong

Two doctoral students, Mei Zhang and Ching-fang Chang, were instrumental in arranging my visit and my talks at the University of Hong Kong in late October 2014.  The conference had been delayed several times due to the street protests and Yellow Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. I had the fortune to visit the Admiralty site of the protest and was quite amazed at the intensity of the social media as well as the incredible activities and support on the street.  

The actual conference brought together a number of scholars and researchers into the domain of the study of personalities and institutions and how value - economic and other forms of value - were created and constructed around these entities. There is no question that based on my two hosts and other research I observed there is an incredible amount of interesting ethnographic research emerging in studying the position of pop idols, popular museums and what my host Dixon Wong would call the global creative industries side of consumer anthropological investigations. I began the conference with the following keynote. As you can see from the images of my presentation, I was quite animated and continued my hand gesticulations with force. Below is the link to the Prezi presentation.


"Constructing the Public Self: Online Reputation and the Personification of Value”, Keynote Address,  International Conference of Commerce, Production and Markets in Creative Industries, University of Hong Kong,  25 October 2014.  Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/fwwqhhiy7jnp/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

 Professor Dixon Wong also invited me to give a guest lecture the day before the conference to his  class that would give them some idea of the connection to my writing on celebrity and the contemporary moment of the presentational cultural regime.  The students were engaged with the material and worked to position the discussion both in a global context and in a comparative local structure.  My Prezi for that talk is below with, of course, a link if you want to peruse that content more closely.
 “The Emerging Presentational Media/Cultural Regime: the Implications for cultural policy in the era of the Intercommunications Industries”, Public Lecture, Department of Modern Languages and Culture, 24 October 2014. Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/r-gwfva_zcvl/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

With the emergence of a new Global Creative Industries program launching at the University of Hong Kong, there is no question I will be visiting and engaging with the exciting research emerging in this hotbed of activity.  The link between consumer anthropological research and the directions in persona studies presents further forms of international collaboration which need fostering.

The Sorbonne Nouvelle - 3, Paris, France

 Associate Professor Jamil Dakhlia (thank you!) worked very hard at ensuring that I also had the privilege of giving two very significant talks in Paris in November 2014.  The first of these, I was part of the  Media Industries Distinguished Speakers Series connected to the L’Ecole Doctorale Arts & Médias (ED 267) de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3.  My host was Jamil of course, but also Raphaëlle Moine, Professor of Cinema and the Director of the doctoral program in Arts and media.  This presentation and the one that followed at the CNRS identify my provisional and building work on professional identity and very particularly the way that mediatized identity intersects with online persona.  I also had the opportunity to meet many researchers during my week in Paris, including Nathalie Heinich who has written some of the most important works that relate to celebrity culture and art. Her term - the process of "singularization" is particularly useful to understand the concentrated efforts of institutions and individuals have undertaken to produce public identities. De la visibilite (2012)and her original and translated The Glory of Van Gogh (1997) are worth exploring.
In addition, the work of Jamil Dakhlia is also of great value: Politique People and

Mythologie de la peopolisation (2010)  both will inform you on the relationship of celebrity and journalism as well as an insight into the French use of the English world "people" and its derogation of value around the popular. Below are the presentations and the prezi link to these two talks in Paris. The background image of the second talk you may notice is a crowd scene I took of the Hong Kong protests where the mediatization of the self was in full force.

"Professional Public Identity: The Migration of Persona in Contemporary Culture”, Sorbonne 3  Media Industries Distinguished Speakers Series: Paris, France: 20 November 2014. Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/gbjyafn1doh3/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

"Mediatising Identity”
Public Lecture at: CNRS en Communication research centre, Paris, France: 26 November 2014. Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/0gwqpvyg-xrp/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

New events and new publications are appearing already in 2015. My next post will deal with some of  my recent articles and book chapters.  As well, the first issue of the very important Persona Studies Journal will be out in late March. More about this event on this site and on www.personastudies.com.

Also upcoming are the Mask conference in Bathurst NSW where I am both giving a Keynote presentation and a research workshop and the major event at the University of Tokyo in Julythat I will talk about more ....

Friday, September 26, 2014

Part Three - Publications and presentations Update - presentations and media interviews

Sometimes I deliver the content of my work in a variety of ways. For instance, usually when I am giving a conference paper or address, I tend to use prezi.  So, if you have this program or application or have signed on to its service, these presentations with all their remarkable visual material are there to see.  In some ways, I think we need to start thinking about how this structure of presentation can be gathered into a different kind of publication.... Here are some of my presentations from this year. I have a few more Keynotes in October and I will try and post those as they arise.

When the Private becomes Public: Commodity Activism, endorsement and making meaning in a Privatized World

When the Private becomes Public: Commodity Activism, endorsement and making meaning in a privatized world”, Contemporary Publics International Symposium, 24- 25 February 2014, Deakin University. Prezi of paper at: http://prezi.com/cqvwp9oadgao/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
This presentation describes a transformed public world that allows the private public person to move through the boundaries of what in the past was public and political activism. These lines of activity where the private takes over the public world have a long history of connection through boycotts and even as Banet-Weiser describes as the consumer subjectivity at that core of the civil rights movement in the US, but this presentation works to articulate this subtle and expanding structure of a privatized public discourse at least partially expressed through celebrities.

Constructing the Intimate Public: Public Persona and the bifurcation of representation and presentation in contemporary political campaigns

“Constructing the Intimate Public: Public Persona and the bifurcation of representation and presentation in contemporary political campaigns” Contemporary Publics International Symposium, 24 - 25 February 2014, Deakin University.
Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/qq8ay65yynbt/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
This is  a development of how politics is transforming under new forms of parasocial connection that are most prominent in major political campaigns such as Obama's recent presidential campaigns and Kevin Rudd's work in Australian political campaigns.

Persona as method: exploring celebrity and the public self through persona studies

“Persona as method: exploring celebrity and the public self through persona studies’ approaches” (with Kim Barbour and Chris Moore) Celebrity Studies 2nd International Conference, London, 19-21 June 2014 Royal Holloway University of London.
Prezi available at: http://prezi.com/3bqhnkautfxt/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy  This presentation maps out three approaches to the study of persona - the employment of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis in interview ethnography, digital visual analysis of the representation of the self, and an adaptation of "prosopography" to map reputation in the contemporary moment within networks and communities. 

“Real/Reel Politics and Popular Culture” (with Sally Totman), Celebrity Studies 2nd International Conference, London, 19-21 June 2014 Royal Holloway University of London. Sorry no prezi to link to, but an incredible presentation. Look for its content to appear in a book related to politics, popular culture, scandal and leadership...

Public Image Limited: Endorsements and the constructed public persona of the perfume industry
“Public Image Limited: Endorsements and the constructed public persona of the perfume industry”, Celebrity Studies 2nd International Conference, London, 19-21 June 2014, Royal Holloway University of London. Prezi:
are  This presentation mapping the intentions for the public personality to be associated with highly stylized - and usually beautiful - constructions of themselves. Beyond the economic benefits, these moves articulate forms of public control of image as much as the commodification of the self into a product.

Intercommunication and Persona: The Intercommunicative Public Self

“Intercommunication and Persona: Intercommunicative public self”, 9th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vancouver, British Columbia, 11-13 June 2014,University of British Columbia. Prezi:
http://prezi.com/dtojyic-bcee/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy This presentation links some of my key conceptual innovations. Intercommunication definitionally identifies the current blend of communication and media as well as the interpersonal filter that is at play in much of the movement of content and discussion via social media and other online connections.  This new way of connecting establishes a discipline of structure for the organization of the public presentation of the self: formations of patterns of persona construction are evident in online culture which move the utopian and dystopian debates about technological change to a different vista of analysis.

Media Presentations:

I am regularly asked for my expert commentary on radio and  sometimes television. In addition, I occasionally do a guest lecture which is recorded in some way. What follows are some of my recent media appearances.

18 September 2014: Interview on  2UE Sydney on Netflix coming to Australia  11:50 AM

14 July 2014:Rolf Harris Trial and Controversy
Deakin Air recorded an interview of me - a podcast- related to Rolf Harris
 and how celebrities use fame to cover up questionable behaviour.
 A follow-up interview with 6PR on the same topic and removing Harris from Perth's Walk of Fame.

Contemporary Publics International Symposium
Attached to this event, I was interviewed about what the Contemporary Publics International Symposium was attempting to achieve. The event was held at Deakin on the 24- and 25th of February 2014.  My little promotion talk gets in to what the plural publics entails.  The last part of the interview is connected to my specific research on celebrity and persona. Follow the link to the video.
 "Celebrity Performativity and the Age of the Selfie" 
28 July 2014 - Guest lecture Interview: Here is a direct interview and part 3 of the interview on Youtube. "Celebrity Performativity and the Age of the Selfie," -Part one has sections of an actual lecture and the lecturer, Adam Brown's melecture. All worth seeing.  The direct interview and part 3 of the direct interview is probably the best visual and aural version of my research available.  Also incredibly useful for those trying to build teaching resources and a style to construct - Adam Brown's approach is one of the best I've seen.
Celebrity Industrial Complex - on the Scholar's Circle
12 June 2014 Scholars Circle - Radio Interview on Celebrity Industrial Complex with David Giles, Joshua Gamson and David Marshall - with Maria Armoudian - an independent syndicated program. This program pulled together three major scholars that have studie celebrity.

Celebrity and the Portfolio Personality
2 July 2013: The List on  ABC Radio National interviewed on this idea of portfolio culture. Here is their blurb for the program: Celebrity and the Portfolio Personality:  
When too much information is barely enough; life in the online age means constant maintenance of our public personas, says David Marshall, Chair of New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Deakin University.
 There is a link to an audio file of the show and interview from this site.

There are, of course, other interviews and other presentations, but I hope this selection of some of my most recent might be interesting. Pass on your comments on any of this material - the most public version of my work!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Updating my Research work Part Two: popular and journalistic articles published

In my last post, I listed my recent  academic publications. This post will focus on the articles that intersect with my research but have been published in a form that is more journalistic. I have always thought it very important for academics and intellectuals to ensure that their ideas travel further and, at minimum, attempt to intersect with the way that formations of popular culture migrate through our contemporary media culture.  As a result, I have now written several articles in a brilliant crossover online "newspaper/news source". The journal is called The Conversation.
The banner for the online journal/newspaper The Conversation
 The Conversation is  working out an effective economic structure of generating new information
and represents a new model for the conversion of university thinking and research into the flows of stories that move through the contemporary web. A forthcoming academic article I am developing will look more closely at  The Conversation as well as  Ted Talks  and the way that these provide directions for how ideas can circulate currently. For now, this post is all about what I have written recently in a more journalistic way.  Many of these articles are the germination sources for my academic work; but some just stand alone - I hope - as interesting reading..

Stephen Colbert - the persona is ending

Unless you live under a rock, you are probably aware that Stephen Colbert recently decided to take over  Late Night - the talk show hosted by David Letterman for the last 25 years at CBS.  This article explores the persona of Colbert with the silent "t" that he has both inhabited and constructed for most of the last decade.  As one of the most interesting 'roles' in contemporary television, Colbert stayed in character both onscreen and, for the most part, off-screen.  It allows us to explore the dimensions of a public self - a structure of public presentation that resembles Ancient Greeks and their separation of citizenry and domesticity.
Colbert and Letterman selfie via Twitter and CBS

See Marshall, PD (2014) “Stephen Colbert the persona is ending – and I will miss him”  The Conversation, 2 May, 2014, Available online at: https://theconversation.com/stephen-colbert-the-persona-is-ending-and-i-will-miss-him-25605

The Cate Blanchett Persona and the Allure of the Oscar

The run-up to the Oscars was interesting in the way that the public persona of Cate Blanchett was constructed and managed by the actor herself. The actors' actor also projected a persona of performance and poise that resembled the persona of Katherine Hepburn in its movement through both entertainment and other spaces. This article investigates that construction of a public personality by the eventual winner of the Best Actress Oscar for 2013.

See Marshall, PD (2014) " The Cate Blanchett Persona and the Allure of the Oscar, The Conversation, 26 February 2014, Available online at: https://theconversation.com/the-cate-blanchett-persona-and-the-allure-of-the-oscar-22398

Celebrity fakes – where porn meets a sense of possession
An unusual domain on the Internet is what is known as celebrity fakes - an entire world populated by graphic and hard-core images of the most famous.  Unlike those ripped from Iphones recently, this is industry is built on the photoshopping of naked bodies with famous heads and are openly acknowledged as fakes.  This article explores the reasons why this practice is both so prevalent and not prosecuted by celebrities and other public personalities.

See Marshall, PD (2013) "Celebrity fakes – where porn meets a sense of possession" The Conversation, 12 December 2013, Available online at: http://theconversation.com/celebrity-fakes-where-porn-meets-a-sense-of-possession-20829

Glamour photography makes suburban stars of us all
StarShots advertising billboard in shopping centre
Suburban shopping malls cater to efforts at reconstructing us through its construction of consumer possibilities and potentials.  The efforts of firms such as StarShots are to transform the person into a version that matches the structures of fame and allure. This article investigates this 15 year old form of photography and its play with private to public transformation of the self.

See Marshall, PD (2013), “Glamour photography makes suburban stars of us all”, The Conversation, 9 December, Available online at: https://theconversation.com/glamour-photography-makes-suburban-stars-of-us-all-20828.

Netflix Australia launch could be imminent
Want to know more about the international movements and directions of the online distributor of content, Netflix, and what made it intersect with key transformations in  both the entertainment industry and online culture?  Here is at least one source for a reading of their success and its likely expansion into new markets such as Australia.

See  Marshall, PD (2013) “Netflix Australia launch could be imminentThe Conversation. 26 November. Available online at:

Rewind, repeat: TV’s fame machine is oh-so retro

Harrison Craig, 2013 Winner of the Australian version
of The Voice with Ricky Martin and Delta Goodrem (AAP)
The development of the current array of talent shows appears to be different, but has remarkable similarities in the production of fame to early television's construction of star-making machines. Reading and re-reading of what constitutes popularity is the parallel trope of old and new. This article connects these traditions through some interesting examples.

See Marshall, P. David (2013)“Rewind, repeat: TV’s fame machine is oh-so retro” The Conversation. 5 November. Available online at: https://theconversation.com/rewind-repeat-tvs-fame-machine-is-oh-so-retro-19155

I will update when more popular articles that I have written appear.   The next post: Part three of updating my research work. The focus will be on my recent presentations, videos, interviews and other media sources.