A theory of fame
Photos by Ivan Rakhmanin
Host Briony Somers
Despite it's transient nature, fame will always reveal the essence of our time. Whether it's through the prominent, cultural figures or through the landscape of our public space, the idea of fame unwittingly exposes our attitudes towards celebrity and it's power in society. But has fame shifted from claiming a national and political resonance to a more personal and global one? What constitutes fame in the modern era?
In this episode, we examine the complexities of fame with Ciaran O'Neil, Ussher assistant professor in 19th century history, Trinity College Dublin. By exploring how fame has changed throughout history we consider how its cultural currency has evolved from literature to music, fashion and politics.
After a quick call on Dame st. we met in the Trinity Alumni room for a pot of Fortnum and Mason Lapsang Souchong to discuss how fame has influenced our public space, it's significance within the fashion industry and it's shifting relationship with gender.