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        1.    Pilar Garces Blitvich, IPrA Conference - Panel on Discourse of Reality TV

Message 1: IPrA Conference - Panel on Discourse of Reality TV
Date: 26-Aug-2010
From: Pilar Garces Blitvich <pgblitviuncc.edu>
Subject: IPrA Conference - Panel on Discourse of Reality TV
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Full Title: IPrA Conference - Panel on Discourse of Reality TV

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Nuria Lorenzo-Dus Pilar Garces Blitvich
Meeting Email: n.lorenzo-dusswansea.ac.uk

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2010

Meeting Description:

Pilar G. Blitvich and I (Nuria Lorenzo-Dus) are organizing a panel on 'The
discourse of reality television. Multidisciplinary and cross-cultural
approaches' for the IPrA conference (July 2011) and we have some slots
available for papers that cover the areas described in the abstract below
within the regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Call For Papers

If you are interested, please let submit an abstract (following IPrA
guidelines) before 30 September to n.lorenzo-dusswansea.ac.uk

Call for Abstracts to be considered for accepted panel on 'The discourse of
reality television. Multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches'

Reality television has been under considerable scrutiny within the broad
academic fields of sociology and cultural and media studies (e.g. Bonner
2003, Hill 2005, 2007). This is in part due to the paradox surrounding reality
television, whereby critics bemoan its rise at the same time that they
acknowledge its extraordinary appeal and influence. Considerably less work
has been conducted on the discourse of reality television. Exceptions here
include empirical studies on authenticity and sociability (Thornborrow and
Morris 2004, Tolson 2006), on persuasion in make over television (Giles
2002, Lorenzo-Dus 2006), on ideology in travel shows (Jaworski et al
2003a/b, Gieve and Norton 2007) and on impoliteness and conflict talk in
exploitative shows, ranging from quizzes (Culpeper 2005) and courtroom
shows (Lorenzo-Dus 2008) to hybrid documentaries (Bousfield 2007, Pardo
2008) and various contest shows (Blas Arroyo 2009, Lorenzo-Dus 2009).
These disparate studies have advanced our knowledge of the extremely
hybrid and fluid genres in which reality television is instantiated. However,
there has been to date no systematic attempt at bringing together key
debates, challenges and opportunities in the investigation of the discourse -
or indeed the discourse practices - of reality television. The rationale behind
proposing this panel now and in the context of IPrA 2011 is precisely to fill
this important gap.

Areas to be developed in the panel include the following: (i) impoliteness in
exploitative shows; (ii) performance and stylisation; (iii) ideological
constructions (e.g. aestheticisation of poverty, crime, and other socio-
political issues); (iv) cross-cultural adaptations of 'global' reality show
formats; and (v) cultural and identity values, including gender, age and
other 'transportable identities'. Papers working within critical discourse
studies, talk-in-interaction, interactional sociolinguistics, multimodality,
feminism and broadcast talk traditions are therefore equally welcome.
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