Dr Samita Nandy provided excellent teaching and unit coordination at Curtin University. I had the pleasure of working with her and learned a great deal during that time. Her enthusiasm and passion for academia and her chosen interests is inspiring, and her later founding of CMCS illustrates that she continues beyond her doctoral studies to encourage interest regarding Media and Celebrity studies.
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Curtin University, Australia
Yesterday, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Samita Nandy, the founder of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies. I am currently working on an opinion piece about celebrity representation in journalism, and Samita’s expertise on the subject matter was incredibly helpful. She challenged me to reassess my own perception of what the culture of celebrity means and how it functions. “A celebrity is not a person,” she explained. “A celebrity is a media text… paparazzi, red carpets, glamorous dresses, limousines – these are the signs that connote the meaning of glamour and fame.”
Samita also got me to rethink my role and responsibility as a journalist in relation to how I should go about covering celebrity stories. In the mass media, performers are commodities used to generate profit. Samita emphasized that there is a more meaningful way to cover celebrity. She stressed the importance of incorporating critical interpretation, providing context, and treating celebrity culture as a platform for addressing larger social issues.
I’m very glad to have found out about the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies. They are a great resource for expertise and materials related to the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. I’m grateful for Samita for having shared her knowledge with me, and for getting me to think more deeply about all the systems at work beneath the glam and glitz.
Ryerson University, Canada
I was really inspired and intrigued by your speech about celebrities who are contributing to society and the world around us.
I always had a concept of what a celebrity is — a famous person created by the entertainment industry. However, Dr. Samita Nandy’s assertion that a celebrity is not actually a person, but a concept or persona of what the “public” wishes to see as an entity to idolize, seems to have merit.
Dr. Robert S. E. Caine, Ph.D.
have been such a blessing in my life! I love your powerful and perpetual
enthusiasm during the Friday afternoons. You give me something to
take away on my weekends and something to look forward when I start
Lee, Miss Universe Canada 2006
Miss Congeniality 2006
Wow Samita!! There is such a wealth and variety of information here that I wouldn’t know where to begin when it comes to commenting on everything. But I would like to say, that as always, you express yourself beautifully, eloquently, and with a passion & fierceness of spirit that is to be deeply admired! I’m honoured to call you my friend and like I said, I am in awe of the pace you keep when it comes to organizing and attending so many educational, creative and activist-empowered events! You’re a force of nature, my dear! With love and gratitude, Christine xox
Social Media Manager for Grammy and Juno Award Winners
Scully Love Promo, Canada
Firstly, please allow me to congratulate you on behalf of CanIndia News on your grant by the Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Training, the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) for your Doctoral research program and other contributions.
CanIndia News, Canada
Nandy is an outstanding young woman who has shared her vast knowledge
with us. She
made me have a better understanding of the course due to her educational
background.Samita is an excellent leader and role model. I really
admire her strive and diligence. Samita guides the tutorial sessions
with skill and grace. I really liked her teaching style. - Her teaching
style was a plus. Very
informative and knowledgeable in what she does.
We were given much opportunity to advance ideas. Looks out for her
students and tries her best to make the material understanding. Samita
presents the course material in a very enthusiastic manner. She teaches
in a motivating atmosphere and welcomes different ideasWith
her outstanding teaching skills, enthusiasm, and organization she
will have a very bright future in communications.
100/101 Institute of Communication and Culture
University of Toronto, Canada
Samita’s outstanding contribution to education goes beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Her many significant contributions to and national levels warrant recognition befitting his efforts. As the Communication Director of Nouveau IDEA, a non profit organization for arts and culture with over 3,000 associates, Samita Nandy has advocated learning in the form of community-based education, utilizing post-graduate research, coalition building and documentary film making. Her latest film Frame by Frame: Tushar Unadkat develops the visibility of the South Asian American community and has been broadcasted during her media coverage on Rogers Television in Canada. She has received numerous awards at the provincial and international levels for her outstanding scholarship and leadership in media education and research. At the same time, her South Asian heritage enables her to activate multicultural knowledge and voice cultural diversity in the Canadian society.
Remax West Reality, Canada
I am really impressed by your achievements in getting so many challenging
projects completed in such a short time.
appreciation for your professional editing of my paper. I am most
impressed by your thoroughness of attention and exceptionably clear
communication in this project. You have added immense value to the
paper by the way you have expanded the meaning, added extra clarity
as well as reduced the paper to a manageable size. I very much liked
your examples at the end of the email pointing out your method of
value-adding to the paper have made a hard copy of the paper which
I will read on my way to Vietnam on Friday.
Professor, International Management
Curtin University, Australia
many congratulation for your great success.
The Design Circle, Canada
is upbeat, professional and a pleasure to work with as a colleague.
I was delighted that Samita was able to work on the CCIT 101 team.
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Nandy is perhaps one of the most motivated young academics that I
have met, with a degree of diligence which is utterly compelling.
I would like to conclude by reitering my belief that Samita Nandy's
intellectual capacities, achievements, and projects
Associate Professor, Sociology, York University
Samita Nandy has been an outstanding Instructor at the University
of Toronto. Out of the many Instructors that I have had, none have been as enthusiastic,
hard working, and dedicated as Ms. Nandy. Her passion and caring for
students to excel and do their best has always been reflected in the
classes led by Ms. Nandy. Her classes were always enjoyable and we
learned so much more because of her strong educational leadership
and innovative research channels. It has been an honour to be a student
of Samita Nandy. I am sure she will continue to be very successful
in the same way she has led to the success of many others. I can't
thank her enough for being such a great teacher"
and Culture, University of Toronto
I think you handled the presentation extremely well. I look forward to seeing more of your in the future.
Soma Datta, PhD (candidate)
Curtin University, Australia
The presentation generated a great deal of interesting discussion.
PhD (candidate), Curtin University
I was quite engaged by the difference in the "star system" of Canada and the US. Well done! I was very interested!
Doctor of Creative Arts (candidate), Curtin University
Fame of Art / Art of Fame: Aesthetics and Identity in Celebrity Culture
Department of Communications, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
The parts related to talent, very interesting. The first part, about celebrities and text, too.
Marita Narberhaus, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Thank you very much for your presentation - very good structured
P. Friexa, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Good summary of the main celebrity culture scholars and concepts.
Merce Oliva, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Your lecture has been very interesting for me
Monica Figueras Maz, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
want to say THANK YOU to Samita and Isabelle for your great presentations
yesterday. It was an incredible turn-out which attests to the interest
in your fields of study. Best of luck to your future endeavours.
PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
turn-out is due to your great efforts and CMCE's presence at OISE
and the wonderful community of folks interested in culture/media at
I really enjoyed Samita's presentation.
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto
Great topic and work, Samita! Keep digging into the problems further and see what comes out - it will be most interesting to hear it next time.
Dr. Silvia Lozeva
Curtin University, Australia