Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: The Many Roads to Stardom

Stars come from different backgrounds and trajectories. While some were born into the glamorous lifestyle, others worked menial jobs for years until that one role catapulted them to stardom “overnight.” Still others experience a bumpy road of career endings and comebacks. Today, stardom exists through a wide range of media, and stars have greater determination over their own employment and choice of roles. Still, the vast majority of Hollywood stars work in some way for the interests of major conglomerates that own an array of media and media-related entities all mutually seeking to reinforce profits. Through various historical changes and challenges stars continue to exist, but the journeys of stardom are never quite the same for every individual.

This area invites 20-minute papers on a wide range of topics related to the many roads to stardom—avenues, byways, and well-trodden paths—along with the many detours and breakdowns that so often happen along the way. Some possibilities include (but are not limited to):

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2015, to the area chair:

Amit Patel
The University of Kansas


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