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Professor Simon Blackburn

Professor Simon Blackburn

Dr Olivier Driessens

Professor Edith Hall

Professor Edith Hall


Dr Peter Dennis

Dr Peter Dennis

If video killed the radio star, how are we to understand celebrity in a world of Twitter, YouTube, and reality TV? Has the social function of celebrity changed, or are new kinds of celebrities performing the same function in different ways? Our panel will consider what celebrities are for, what their rights and responsibilities might be, and what our attitude towards celebrities ought to be.

Simon Blackburn is Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Research Professor, UNC Chapel Hill and Professor, New College of the

Olivier Driessens is Lecturer in the Sociology of Media and Culture, University of Cambridge.

Edith Hall (@edithmayhall) is Professor of Classics, King’s College London.

Peter Dennis is a Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow.

The Forum for European Philosophy (@ForumPhilosophy) is an educational charity that organises a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK. 

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