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Academic Celebrity and the Publishing Industry

By Peter Walsh In the first article of our special section on Superstar Professors, Peter Walsh argues that the brand value of celebrity academics has to be understood in terms of longer term trends in scholarly publishing.  In March 2014, I discovered that Zygmunt Bauman – regarded by many as the world’s greatest sociologist – had written […]

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Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No, It’s SUPERPROFESSOR!!!

In the second article of our special section on Superstar Professors, Jonathan Rees reflects on the relationship between Massive Open Online Courses and the rise of the academic celebrity.  By Jonathan Rees I first saw the word “superprofessor” in an article at some conservative website.  I lost track of the link a long time ago, but I know it […]

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Do We Need Academic Celebrities?

By Jana Bacevic Why do we need academic celebrities? In this post, I would like to extend the discussion of academic celebrities from the focus on these intellectuals’ strategies, or ‘acts of positioning’, to what makes them possible in the first place, in the sense of Kant’s ‘conditions of possibility’. In other words, I want […]

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On Academic Celebrity

By Peter W. Walsh Research on celebrity is growing fast. In English-language publications since 2000, the phenomenon has attracted several books of scholarly analysis and a dedicated journal, Celebrity Studies. However, in all this research, one form of celebrity has been unjustly neglected: celebrity within academia. As few as two sociology articles have tried to explain the […]

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