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11 - 13 MAY


  • 14.30 ( 2.30 p.m)


  • 14.45 (2.45 p.m)


    Antonella Mascio (University of Bologna), Roy Menarini (University of Bologna), Sara Pesce (University of Bologna)
  • 15.00 (3 p.m) - 16.00 (4 p.m)


    Cornel Sandvoss (University of Huddersfield) | Discussant: Donatella Campus (University of Bergamo)

16.00 – 18.30 (4 p.m – 6.30 p.m) PARALLEL PANEL 1

Politics/Political Leaders as Celebrities

  • Chair: Giovanni Boccia Artieri (University of Urbino)

  • Giuseppe, a Bad Guy. Empirical Research on Premier's Stan Account

    Claudia Cantale (University of Catania)
  • The face Mask As a Medium in Political Communication: The Case of Matteo Salvini

    Giampaolo Proni (University of Bologna)
  • The Pandemic and the Celebrity: How do Political Leaders Structure Their Visibility on Facebook in the Era of Covid 19?

    Marco Mazzoni (University of Perugia), Roberto Mincigrucci (University of Perugia)
  • Celebrity and Sustainable Discussion: Types of Opinion Leaders in the Time of Environmental Crisis

    Maria Skivko (Samara University, Russia)
  • “Happy Monday Friends! Coffee?” Matteo Salvini, Good Morning Selfies, and the Influencer Politician

    Giovanni Daniele Starita (University of Perugia), Tommaso Trillò (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

16.00 – 18.30 (4 p.m – 6.30 p.m) PARALLEL PANEL 2

Shifting Celebrities

  • Chair: Lucio Spaziante (University of Bologna)

  • Between Smiles and Tears: Facing Celebrity Crisis

    Gabriele Marino (University of Turin), Bruno Surace (University of Turin), Silvia Barbotto (University of Turin), Cristina Voto (University of Turin)
  • Imperfect Advertising. New Celebrities and Unusual Facets of the Aesthetic Paradigm.

    Roberta Casale (University of Roma Tor Vergata)
  • Are Philosophical “Celebrities” a Symptom of a Philosophical Crisis?

    Stefano Marino (University of Bologna), Anna Preti (University of Bologna)
  • Theory, Practice, and (Archi)Stars

    Ines Tolic (University of Bologna)


10.00 – 12.30 (10 a.m – 12.30) PARALLEL PANEL 3

Covid-related Celebrity Culture

  • Chair: Claudio Bisoni (University of Bologna)

  • Celebrity, Wellbeing and Comfort: Detractors and Contributors During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Crisis

    Lukasz Swiatek (University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia)
  • Between Surface and Depth. Reflection on Celebrity Consumption and Cultural Practices of Young People During the First Wave of CoV-2

    Orazio Giancola (University of Rome), Martina Visentin (University of Padova)
  • The Rise of Alessandro Barbero. From Historian to (Accidental) Internet Celebrity During Italy’s Lockdown

    Paola Brembilla (University of Bologna)
  • The Star and the Virus. Football Celebrities and the Self-narrative of Contagion on Social Media

    Simona Castellano (University of Salerno), Luca Bifulco (University of Napoli), Mario Tirino (University of Salerno)
  • Cooking@Home: Italian Celebrity Chefs Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Elisa Farinacci (University of Bologna)
  • The ‘New Heroes’ of the Covid 19 Era

    Ioanna Vovou (University of Athens, Greece)
  • To Hold Together: Pop Music During Covid-19

    Leonardo Campagna (University of Roma)

10.00 – 12.30 (10 a.m – 12.30) PARALLEL PANEL 4

Public Roles / Public Personae in Celebrity Culture

  • Chair: Fabio Cleto (University of Bergamo)

  • A Brilliant Celebrity with a Controversial Public Role

    Anna Samelova (University of Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • Branding the ‘Bandito Influencer’: Studying Cross-Platform Fame and Deviance in the Cases of Er Brasiliano and 1727Wrld Star

    Nicola Bozzi (Independent Researcher ), Stefano Brilli (University of Urbino)
  • Celebrities and Sars-Cov-2: Philanthropic Messages/Action, Public Position

    Stefano Cavalli (Independent Researcher)
  • Celebrities and Ecology: When Reforestation Becomes a Competition To Show Who Is Richer

    Alfonso Amendola (University of Salerno), Jessica Camargo Molano (International Telematic University UniNettuno, Rome)
  • “They Are Here For You.” Exploring the Interconnections Between Celebrity Culture and the School Strike for Climate Movement.

    Claudia Capelli (University of Bologna), Chiara Gius (University of Bologna)
  • Batman Saves the Congo: How Celebrities Disrupt the Politics of Development

    Alexandra Budabin (Free University of Bolzano), Lisa Ann Richey (Copenhagen Business School)

12.30 – 14.00 (12.30 – 2 p.m) LUNCH


14.30 – 17.00 (2.30 p.m – 5 p.m) PARALLEL PANEL 5

Celebrity/Stars and Crisis in Film and Television

  • Chair: Michele Fadda (University of Bologna)

  • “Ask Me a Question.” Italian Teen Celebrities Hanging Between Authenticity and Fiction

    Ylenia Caputo (University of Bologna)
  • The Covid-19 Crisis and Its Impact on Italian Film and Television Performers

    Luca Antoniazzi (University of Bologna), Luca Barra (University of Bologna), Giulia Muggeo (University of Torino), Mariapaola Pierini (University of Torino), Francesco Pitassio (University of Udine)

14.30 – 17.00 (2.30 p.m – 5 p.m) PARALLEL PANEL 6

Celebrities’ Identity Crisis and Body Politics

  • Chair: Valentina Re (Link Campus University)

  • Bodies in Crisis: Women and Body Positivity on Social Media

    Chiara Checcaglini (University of Bologna), Maria Elena D’Amelio (University of San Marino), Lucia Tralli (University of Napoli)
  • llegally Blonde: Performing Femininity in the 21st Century Courtroom

    Maegan Stracy (Parsons School of Design in New York City)
  • The Derision of the Black Female Celebrity: The Case of Rihanna

    Nomvuyo Nxele (University of Pretoria)
  • Body Politics and Celebrity in Crisis

    Cosana Eram ( University of the Pacific, California)
  • 17.30 (5.30 p.m) - 18.30 (6.30 p.m)


    Suzanne E. Ferriss (Nova Southeastern University, Florida) | Discussant: Leonardo Gandini (University of Bologna)


10.00 – 12.30 (10 a.m – 12.30 a.m) PARALLEL PANEL 7

Celebrity and Social Media

  • Chair: Francesca Pasquali (University of Bergamo)

  • Covid, Consumer Culture, and the Contradictions of Celebrity Social Media Campaigns

    Aidan Moir (York University)
  • Passions Will Save Us: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Instagram Persona Before and After the Covid Pandemi

    Floriana Bernardi (Independent Scholar), Enrica Picarelli (University of Bologna)
  • Too Bad They Are Influencers.The Figure of the Influencer in the Covid-19 Crisis

    Geraldina Roberti (Dell’Aquila University), Ariela Mortara (IULM, University of Milano)
  • Circulation of Celebrity Culture on Social Media Studying the Reactions of Iranian Celebrities and Their Fans to Covid-19 on Instagram

    Mahmoud Farhadimahali (Allameamini University), Ali Farhadimahali (Islamic Azad University of Gorgan)
  • “No longer and not yet”. The Social Celebrities During the Pandemic, Between Transformation and Resilience

    Giovanni Ciofalo (Sapienza University of Rome), Silvia Leonzi (Sapienza University of Rome), Lorenzo Ugolini (Sapienza University of Rome)

10.00 – 12.30 (10 a.m – 12.30) PARALLEL PANEL 8

Fashion and Celebrity

  • Chair: Marco Pedroni (University of Ferrara)

  • Celebrity Footsballers in a Time of Crisis: From Fashion Victims to Social Campaigners

    Pamela Church Gibson (London College of Fashion)
  • Let's Talk About the Crisis. The New Types of (Fashion) Influencers – Sustainability First!

    Nadica Maksimova (University of Bologna)
  • Dressed Like a Goddess. The Crisis of the Ethics Restarts From Celebrities' Reproduction of Religious Costumes.

    Flavia Piancazzo (University of Bologna)
  • Marx’s coat, Diderot’s dressing gown, De Beauvoir’s chignon: what fashion tells about intellectual celebrities

    Monica Sassatelli (University of Bologna)
  • From Shy Tomboy to Queer Icon: Kristen Stewart and Embodying/Overcoming Anxiety in Contemporary Hollywood

    Milan Hain (Palacký University, Czech Republic)

12.30 – 14.30 (12.30 – 2.30 p.m) LUNCH

  • 14.30 ( 2.30 p.m) - 15.30 (3.30 p.m)


    Eugenia Paulicelli (Queens College & The Graduate Center, The City University of New York) | Discussant: Pamela Church Gibson (London College of Fashion, University of the Arts)

15.30 (3.30 p.m) CONFERENCE CLOSING