Celebrities and Afropolitans: Managing Private Affect in Transnational Relations

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Celebrity has become a way of mediating between proximity and distance in the global as well as the specific context. As the paradigms of ‘people we know so well’ that are simultaneously ‘just like us’ and ‘exemplary,’ celebrities have become proxy philanthropists, statesmen, executives and healers. This paper will explore how saturating communications between the global North and South with celebrity content normalizes the celebrity modality of ‘Africa’. This presentation will explore how in the aid celebrity modality, expertise becomes celebritized and circulated, while affective commitment is bestowed on emotional sovereigns for management-linking Western donors with Afropolitans.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2 Apr 2012
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event53rd ISA Annual Convention: International Studies Association Conference 2012 - The Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, United States
Duration: 1 Apr 20124 Apr 2012
Conference number: 53


Conference53rd ISA Annual Convention
LocationThe Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
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