U of C Conference to Study 'Jersey Shore'

200 to 500 students are expected at the Jersey Shore Conference

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    Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese and Jenni 'JWoww' Farley arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

    Forget jokes about college kids taking classes on clog dancing and underwater basket weaving … the University of Chicago is holding a Conference on Jersey Shore Studies.

    That’s right. Between 200 and 500 attendees, most from U. of C., are expected to attend the one-day conference Friday examining the antics of Snooki, Dina, The Situation, J-Woww, Ronnie, Sam, Vinnie and Pauly D.

    Academics, graduate students and undergrads from across the United States and Canada will provide the material.

    They plan on presenting topics including “You Dirty Little Hamster!: The Abject and Monstrous Feminine in Jersey Shore”; “GTL, Drunkenness, and Oompa-Loompa Party Girls: The Impact of Jersey Shore on the Jersey Shore”; and “Foucault’s Going to the Jersey Shore, Bitch!”

    David Showalter, 21, a University of Chicago senior and an organizer of the event, told the Chicago Sun-Times he received money for the conference from the university’s student-run Uncommon Fund. 

    Showalter called the conference a serious academic event that also doesn't intend to suck the life out of the show.