We’re often told that we live in a celebrity-obsessed culture. Images of fame and the famous pervade almost every aspect of modern life; yet have only recently become the subject of sustained and serious scholarly examination. How have ideas of fame been transformed in different times and places, and why? How do concepts of fame, renown, reputation, notoriety or celebrity influence the way a society imagines itself and its individuals?
The Oxford Celebrity Research Network is bringing together thinkers with an interest in these questions from philosophy, history, literature, media studies, art history and classics, for a workshop which aims to start conversations about the idea of fame across disciplines and periods: from the heroes of ancient Rome to Nick Clegg. All are welcome, and registration is free, though places are limited.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.