U of C Conference to Study 'Jersey Shore'

200 to 500 students are expected at the Jersey Shore Conference

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011  |  Updated 8:02 AM CDT
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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.

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