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Reality TV (Dec. 1, 2011; Feb. 8-11, 2012)
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association will hold its 33nd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM on February 8-11, 2012. Proposals are now being accepted for panels on Reality TV.
Over the past decade, the global proliferation of reality TV programming has exploded. It is hard to flip through television stations at any given hour of the day without coming across some sort of reality programming that is reflecting another niche in the ever-evolving cultural landscape of the modern world. At the moment, reality TV is a field of study that has enormous potential because it touches such a wide range of subjects—from media studies to business, regional studies to education, social sciences to the humanities.
The SW/TX PCA/ACA Area of Reality TV welcomes presentations from established scholars as well as students at this year’s conference that will explore the place of reality TV in modern culture from many angles, including but not limited to the following:
• Motivations for shows’ participants: fantasy fulfillment, lifestyle change, fame?
This list of ideas is limited, so if you have an idea that is not listed, please suggest the new topic. If you have an idea, but you are not sure whether your topic fits, just ask. Again, this field has room for a broad range of perspectives.
Each individual paper presentation should be designed to last approximately fifteen minutes (there will be four presentations per session with time for Q&A). By December 1, 2011, please send an abstract of 100-300 words or a completed paper to Reality TV Area Chair, Josh Grant (email@example.com). At the top of your proposal, please include the title of the paper and contact information (your name, affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address). Along with the abstract and contact information, also include a CV or a 50-word bio. If you wish to make a complete panel submission (four presenters), the organizer of the panel should submit all of the above information for each panelist as well as a title for the panel.
Details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, audio/visual support, tours, etc.) can be found at http://swtxpca.org/ .
Send any questions to Josh Grant at this address