CfP: Power of Prestige: Media, Fame and the Environment

Date: July 10-12, 2024

Location: Oxford University, UK

Call for Papers:

Prestige is the status or reputation associated with renown, acclaim or glamour. It is often linked with celebrities and fame, and in contemporary mediated societies, this status is often afforded through the public visibility of legacy or digital media systems. Through the Power of Prestige conference series, we endeavour to explore the power associated with prestige as well as the power that prestige brings. While conceptually aligned with the areas of media and cultural studies, the conference series seeks explorations of the theorisation and application of prestige in different fields including sociology, criminology and political studies. The conference series also aims to explore the utility of prestige when encountering social issues such as political or environmental activism.

Starting broadly in the area of media studies, the inaugural Power of Prestige conference invites scholars researching areas related to media, fame and the environment to explore the central question of how prestige (or fame) is formulated, utilised, and critiqued. We welcome submissions in the following (non-exhaustive) topic areas:

  • Theoretical explorations of the concept of Fame and Prestige 
  • Constructions and utilisation of Fame and Prestige in media industries
  • Fame and Prestige in the Global South
  • Power and influence of the media
  • Prestige, Attention and the Environment
  • Power of environmental activism
  • Prestige of celebrity activism 
  • Building prestige through social media 
  • Prestige and Fame in the age of digital media
  • Prestige, Fame and AI

Submission may be for individual 15 minute presentations or panels of 3 papers. 

We invite scholars from a diverse range of career levels, including PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers, and institutional affiliations to submit to the conference and associated publication opportunity.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. P David Marshall, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Associate Prof. Helle Kannik Haastrup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark