A Marxist analysis was in play at one of the conference’s talks, where a joint panel of students from the U of C and the University of Western Ontario offered a backdoor look at labor relations on set and the show’s topsy-turvey balance of labor-power.
“Homecoming” was the operative word at one conference, “Guido Cultural Signfiers,” where a panel of University students outlined the characteristics of the American guido and traced the term’s lineage back through Italian culture.
Professor Alison Hearn of the University of Western Ontario examined “Jersey Shore’s” contributions to the culture of branding from various perspectives in her keynote, “The Monetization of Being: Reputational Labor, Brand, Culture, and Why “Jersey Shore” Does and Does Not Matter.”
The UChicago Conference on “Jersey Shore” Studies has come and gone. What’s the situation?