21.3441, Calls: Pragmatics/United Kingdom

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Subject: 21.3441, Calls: Pragmatics/United Kingdom

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Date: 26-Aug-2010
From: Pilar Garces Blitvich < pgblitvi at uncc.edu >
Subject: IPrA Conference - Panel on Discourse of Reality TV

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Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:37:57
From: Pilar Garces Blitvich [pgblitvi at uncc.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-dus at swansea.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-dus at swansea.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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