The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their 31st annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 10-13, 2010. Proposals are now being accepted for a special series of panels on Gender, Sexuality, and Reality Television. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Alien to You? Not to Me: Science Fiction and Fantasy: Films, TV, and Literature as Popular Culture,” papers that speak to the relationship between fantasy and ‘reality’ will be particularly sought.
Like reality television itself, categories of gender and sexuality have particular ontological investments in the ‘real.’ Perhaps that is why constructions of gender and sexuality figure so prominently in the proliferating scholarship analyzing the place of reality television in modern culture. We wish to take advantage of this abundant attention to gender in reality TV studies through a special series of panels related to gender and sexuality.
Presentations in this panel series can address any aspect of the psychological, sociological, philosophical, cultural, and/or aesthetic roles that constructions of gender and sexuality have in the development, proliferation, and perhaps even decline of the reality television program.
We would be especially interested in work that considers the following in relation to ‘reality’ programs: feminist or queer theoretical issues; theories of transgender embodiment or subjectivity; feminist political economic analyses of reality tv; and studies of gender, sexuality, and the transnational reality brand (i.e, particular brand programs that offer multiple transnational versions [Big Brother, etc.] or that otherwise circulate among transnational audiences). Of course, topics not included here are welcome as well. Additionally, we welcome a wide array of scholarly approaches; in the past, successful presentations have utilized literary studies, cultural studies, film/media studies, mass communication studies, and/or interdisciplinary forms of analysis to great effect.
Abstracts of 150-250 words may be sent to Brad Houston Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org) by a priority deadline of December 1, 2009. The final deadline for submissions is December 15, 2009. Please include a working title and a brief biography of 100 words along with your submission. Email submissions are preferred.
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