Soap operas and the Latin equivalent, telenovelas, are much derided, yet Influential global phenomena. The extraordinary international success of Latin American telenovelas and Australian soap operas is evidence that the genre has developed outside North America and Europe. Telenovelas and soap operas have created a social and cultural sphere. Now reality television, a mix of soap opera game shows and reportage, has invaded the social imagery. How reality television will interact with the established genres of soap opera and telenovela is of concern to both the industry and academia. Industry figures in Mexico claim the reality television will never succeed and that the success of the telenovela lies in its escapism. Others argue that Latin America will succumb, with the rest of the world, to reality television's attractions.
The conference, "Telenovelas and soap opera: negotiating reality", is part of the Year of Latin America at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University It has the support of ScreenSound Australia, the National Screen and Sound Archive, the University of Canberra and the Australian National Centre of Latin American Studies (ANCLAS).
Evening and lunchtime screenings of telenovelas and soap operas will be held at Screen Sound Australia.
Convener: Christian Slade, University of Canberra.
Speakers will include:
Ien Aug, University of Western Sydney.
Cuauhtemac Blanca Arias, Televisa.
Reginald Clifford, TV Azteca.
Jorge Gonzalez Sanchez, La Universidad Ibera Americana
Catherine Lumby, University of Sydney.
Daniel Mato, Universidad Central de Venezuela
Toby Miller, New York University.
Miguel Angel Najera Mora, ITESM.
Maura P Porta, University of Brasilia, Brazil.
Prof. Lidia Santos, Yale University.
Joe Straubhaar, University of Texas, Austin.
The Humanities Research Centre
Old Canberra House (Building 73)
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Telephone: +61 02 612 54357
Facsimile: +61 02 6248 0054
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