Reality TV at the 37th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2015
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Sociology

37th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

February 10-13, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association will hold it’s 37th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 10-13, 2016. 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.

Critical approaches to reality TV may consider, but are certainly now limited to, the following topics:

  • Reality TV’s influence on other media
  • Consumption and Production
  • Politics of Representation
  • Genre
  • Programming History and Trajectories
  • Narrative Structures
  • Realism and the Hyper-Real
  • Surveillance and Privacy
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Fan Communities
  • Pedagogical Uses
  • Continued Relevance of Reality TV?

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 relates to reality TV. If you have questions about a potential topic or approach, please email the reality television section chair with questions.

Please submit an abstract of 150-200 words by November 1, 2016, directly through the conference’s online submission database.  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:



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Dalyn Luedtke

Assistant Professor of English

Norwich University


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