A Serious Look at ‘Jersey Shore’

New Jersey politicians are quick to diss MTV’s Jersey Shore reality series, but the program and its cast of characters will get a more serious look at an academic conference at the University of Chicago this fall.

The UChicago Conference on Jersey Shore Studies, scheduled for Friday, October 28, will feature graduate and undergraduate students, scholars, and cultural critics who research and write about Jersey Shore. The event is free and open to the public.

If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, send an abstract of 500 to 600 words to David Showalter at davidshowalter@uchicago.edu. Include an email address with your submission. The deadline is 5 pm (CST) August 1, and all presenters will be notified by August 12.

For more information, email Showalter or visit the conference Facebook Page.

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