The University of Chicago is holding a conference in October on the MTV reality TV show Jersey Shore.

A one-day academic conference is to be held at the University of Chicago on the MTV reality TV show Jersey Shore. One of the University’s students, David Showalter, took to the Internet to gain funding for the conference,

The conference will be the first of its kind, and should be of interest to scholars in the fields of media and cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, race, ethnicity, and gender studies, and the social sciences more generally.

Suggested topics for debate include: ‘Gender roles, gender performance, and normativity, or, “Why do the guys cook and the girls fight?”‘, ‘Temporality, narrative, and the duplicated self of the reality TV star’, ‘Shore house politics: tribalism, ostracism, and violence’, and ‘Parody, self-referentiality, and intertextuality in the later seasons of Jersey Shore’. With the conference taking place on October 28th, there is currently a call for papers.

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