When Development meets Business and Celebrity

Public Lectures by Lilie Chouliaraki, Dan Brockington and Ilan Kapoor

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 18:00 to Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 13:00


On the 8th of May, the Research Network on Celebrity and North-South RelationsGlobal Dynamics Research Priority Initiative at Roskilde University,  and the Sustainability Platform at Copenhagen Business School, invite everyone interested to attend three public lectures on sustainability and the Celebrity-Business-Development Nexus. The lectures will be delivered by:

Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Author of: The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism (2012).

Dan Brockington, Professor of Conservation and Development, the University of Manchester, UK. Author of:Celebrity Advocacy and International Development (2014).

Ilan Kapoor, Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada. Author of: Celebrity Humanitarianism: The Ideology of Global Charity (2013).  

The lectures are part of an international symposium where leading scholars from around the world come together to discuss issues and ideas from their research on the Celebrity-Business-Development Nexus.

About the symposium

The celebrity figure serves as a way of creating community through the media, and this community is increasingly created transnationally. Beyond their typical roles as entertainers, celebrities are becoming increasingly powerful when acting as diplomats, aid celebrities, conservationists and philanthropists. Celebrities are there to provide meaning, to promote order and to achieve social integration across ‘the global’. During the last 30 years, changes in the political economy of different sectors of the celebrity industry, humanitarianism, development aid and charitable causes more generally have created new markets for the cultural industries, new audiences for celebrity and celebrity advocates, and new forms of NGO, state and corporate action. These may signal changes to deeper social, political and economic relationships that require exploration from an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives.


13.00 – 13:15: Welcome and introduction by Lisa Ann Richey, Professor, Roskilde University, and Stefano Ponte, Professor, Copenhagen Business School

13:15 – 14:30: Lecture by Lilie Chouliaraki: Is Humanitarian Communication Becoming ‘Post-Humanitarian'? Discussant: Robert van Krieken, Professor, University of Sydney

14:30 – 14:45: Coffee Break

14.45 – 16.00: Lecture by Ilan Kapoor: Celebrities: Humanitarians or Ideologues. Discussant: Lisa Ann Richey, Professor, Roskilde University

16.00 – 17.15: Lecture by Dan Brockington: The Paradoxes of Celebrity Advocacy. Discussant: Jo Littler, Senior Lecturer, City University London

17.15 – 18.00: Reception


The event is free of charge and open for all interested.

Sign up via e-mail to eh.ioa@cbs.dk

Organised by The Research Network on Celebrity and North-South Relations in cooperation with the CBS Sustainability Platform and the Global Dynamics Initiative at Roskilde University
Date Thursday, 8 May, 2014
Time 13:00-18:00

Råvarebygningen, RS.20, Porcelænshaven 22, 2000 Frederiksberg


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