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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 <>
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:

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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