The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association will hold its 35th annual conference, ““Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 19-22, 2014. We are now accepting proposals on reality television.
Over the past decade and a half reality television has not only spread across television but also a variety of platforms, including the Internet, social media, and mobile technologies. The sheer number of shows, subgenres, delivery devices, and opportunities for participation make it a potentially rich area of scholarship—one that lends itself to many disciplines and approaches.
Proposal topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
• Media Convergence
• Consumption and Production
• Politics of Representation
• Programming History and Trajectories
• Narrative Structures
• Realism and the Hyper-Real
• Surveillance and Privacy
• Celebrity Culture
• Fan Communities
• Pedagogical Uses
This list only begins to get at the issues embedded in reality television; we will also gladly consider proposals that touch upon other topics and/or issues related to reality TV. If you have questions about a potential topic or approach, please email the Reality TV area chair, Dalyn Luedtke, at email@example.com
Please submit an abstract of 150-200 words by November 1, 2013, directly through the conference’s online submission database at http://conference2014.southwestpca.org
Area chairs will NOT consider any emailed proposals.
To encourage graduate student participation at the conference and to feature excellent works by young scholars, the Southwest PCA/ACA is pleased to award monetary prizes for the best graduate student papers regarding a variety of topics. Please visit our website for a list of awards and guidelines for submission: http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/
We are also pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, a peer-reviewed publication of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association. Please visit http://journaldialogue.org for further information.
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