Cut the Schmaltzy Music: Representations of Disability in Reality Competition Shows

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September 30, 2022
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Journalism and Media Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

This session seeks papers that look at how disability is depicted in reality competition series. Participants are encouraged to consider the edit that the contestant(s) received and whether accommodations were provided during the competition. How are contestants asked to represent, and educate audiences of, a diverse community that includes those with invisible and/or silent disabilities?

The conference is being held by the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place March 23-26, 2023, 2022 in Niagra Falls, NY.

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Lindsay Bryde

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