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Televising the Apocalypse: Race, Gender, and Disaster on TV Dramas
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7/13/2011 at 7:50:52 PM GMT
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Televising the Apocalypse: Race, Gender, and Disaster on TV Dramas

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Panel


Panel/Workshop Title:

Televising the Apocalypse: Race, Gender, and Disaster on TV Dramas


First Name

Phoebe


Last Name

Bronstein


Organization

University of Oregon


Email Address

pbronste@uoregon.edu


Summary

This panel will focus on post-apocalyptic or disaster narratives in television dramas. Many newer television dramas revel in terror and violence; from serial killers and zombies to natural disasters and gangsters, this televisual landscape is not such a friendly place. For example, The Walking Dead depicts Atlanta as overrun by zombies, while Treme centers on post-Katrina New Orleans and the devastation, chaos, and trauma caused by the storm. This panel seeks papers that are invested in how these shows, and others like them, negotiate disaster and terror as experienced in urban spaces. Other topics include, but are not limited to, how narratives of these post-apocalyptic spaces figure race and gender; how city residents in these shows negotiate reconfigured societies; connections between terror and place in television dramas; etc. Please Submit a 250-300 word abstract and 5 item bibliography to pbronste@uoregon.edu and saraheli@uoregon.edu by August 10, 2011.



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