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Deborah Jermyn <[log in to unmask]>
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                             Call for Papers:
             From Here to Reality: Reality TV and its Contexts
     edited by Su Holmes and Deborah Jermyn, Southampton Institute, UK


Proposals  are sought for an edited collection on Reality TV. The explosion
of  Reality  TV  has transformed the contemporary television landscape. The
formats,  images  and conventions of reality programming have been stitched
into  the  very  fabric  of  television  -  its  institutional  structures,
economics,  schedules and viewing cultures - to an extent unimaginable just
five  years  ago.  The  book seeks to explore this shift by focusing on the
emergence and significance of Reality TV and its production and consumption
in  specific  programme  forms.  While  the  form  encompasses  a  range of
programming, we welcome proposals which examine:

     The use of 'ordinary people' placed in 'extraordinary' situations
(for example Big Brother, Eden, Survivor, Shipwrecked, Castaway 2000,
PopStars, Pop Idol, Bar Wars, Faking It)
     The use of 'real' footage recorded by journalists/ emergency
services/ CCTV

The   editors   seek  contributions  exploring  the  contemporary  cultural
significance of Reality TV for both broadcasters and viewers, including the
following:

     Broadcasters:
     Global formats
     National differences
     Comparisons between commercial/ public service broadcasters
     Strategies of particular channels
     Industry discourse
     Marketing/ promotion

     Text:
     Historical emergence of Reality TV
     Genre boundaries/ generic hybridity/ intertextual relationships with
other programme forms
     Press and/or industry definitions/ responses/ construction of
cultural value/ criticisms
     Methodological approaches to hybrid texts
     Technological/aesthetic construction of Reality TV
     Reality TV and media convergence
     Interactivity
     Construction of melodrama/ realism/ the 'ordinary'
     Construction of stardom/ celebrity/ success
     Representation of identity - gender, class, sexuality, 'race',
ethnicity
     The politics of surveillance/ 'voyeurism'/ 'exploitation'/
'exhibitionism'
     Ideological representation of 'deviance'/ crime

     Audience/ Consumption
     Programme address
     The promise of Reality TV - interactivity/ 'empowerment'
     The intertextual circulation of Reality TV -  Internet, press,
magazines
     Fan responses
     Comparative responses to shows in different national contexts
     Relationships between viewers and 'performers'

Please  send proposals of approximately 500 words with a short CV by June 1
2002 to:

Su Holmes and Deborah Jermyn
Faculty of Media, Arts and Society
Southampton Institute
East Park Terrace
Southampton SO14 0YN
U.K.
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