The Celebrity Culture Club brings together academics, those who could broadly be described as working in the media, and interested members of the general public, to
gossip about analyse the important issues of the day relating to celebrity culture.
Celebrity is one of the major economic drivers of media production. Whether or not we think of ourselves as interested in celebrity culture, it’s such an integral part of the media culture that surrounds us that we are inevitably touched by the ideas that circulate in it. It’s important that we examine celebrity culture when it so totally permeates our everyday life and has so much to tell us about the wider values of the society we live in.
By bringing together academics and interested audiences with those who actually make the media which contributes to celebrity culture, the Celebrity Culture Club helps to reframe popular debates around celebrity, bringing more critical thinking about gender, race and class into our ideas about celebrity, at the point of both production and consumption. We take academic research out to media and creative industry workplaces, and have held events at the BBC, South by South West festival, Allbright Academy, and the offices of creative agency, Mr President.
The Celebrity Culture Club is organised by Dr Hannah Yelin, a Senior Lecturer in Media, and Culture at Oxford Brookes University. Before returning to academia, Hannah had a 12 year award-winning career working with advertising agencies and media organisations such as the BBC, Global Radio and UKTV. She researches the spaces afforded to women who live in public to represent themselves, the way these are proscribed or circumscribed, and what this can tell us about the status of women in society. She is currently writing a book for Palgrave Macmillan on the gender (and class, and racial) politics of celebrity memoir.
The Celebrity Culture Club is made possible by our collaborators. These are experts from a wide range of media fields and locations around the globe who have shared their expertise and insight, helped to make our events happen, and who continue as part of an ongoing network that shares reciprocal insights about celebrity culture and how we can make conversations about celebrity into opportunities for social critique.
Senior Lecturer in Media, and Culture, Oxford Brookes University
SVP, Head of Strategy, R/GA North America.
Senior Audience Strategist, Netflix Amsterdam.
TV Producer/Director. Credits include The Only Way is Essex, Celebrity Big Brother, Ex- on the Beach and Geordie Shore.
Chief Creative Officer, Mr President creative agency and Founder of SheSays – an international volunteer organization encouraging women to take up digital creative careers.
Royal Correspondent, The Sun.
Senior Semiotician, Sign Salad, cultural and semiotic analysis agency.
Journalist, Comedian and Labour Councillor
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication, Cardiff University.
Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University
Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Oxford Brookes University.
Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Education
Ayse Hassan is the bassist for Mercury Prize shortlisted, all-female post-punk band, Savages. She makes music in collaborations Kite Base and 180db and solo as ESYA.
Maxie Gedge does Communications for PRS Foundation, the UK's leading funder for new music and talent development. She is the Director of the record label Gravy, and the drummer for both angry pop girl group Graceland and Current Bond. She has an MMus in Sonic Arts, has worked for festivals, venues and talent development organisations, programmed hundreds of new music shows, and promotes and DJs at queer dance parties.
Dr Kirsty Fairclough is Associate Dean: Research and Innovation in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. She publishes on the audio-visual mediation of popular music. Titles include: The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment, Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media, Prince: An Interdisciplinary Life, and Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture.
Carla Marie Williams is a multi-platinum songwriter, producer and artist who has written songs for Britney Spears' album, Glory, and Beyonce's Lemonade.