New Voices 2010: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

CALL FOR PAPERS

Georgia State New Voices Conference 2010, October 7-9:

What makes us laugh?  Why is humor such an important cross-cultural
phenomenon and universal human trait?  What are the genres of humor and
comedy? Can postmodernism and critical theory be funny? How can we teach
humor? What are the theories of laughter? How do we research and write
about humor, comedy, laughter, wit, satire, and jokes across
disciplines? How global is humor? What is the place of humor in academia
and in popular culture?
 
The Georgia State New Voices 2010 conference is interested in an
academic exploration of the role of humor in literature, rhetoric, and
all its other myriad permutations.  Interdisciplinary and collaborative
submissions are not only welcomed, but encouraged, and we look forward
to hearing from you all!
 
Abstracts should be limited to 500 words, and be submitted to
NewVoices@langate.gsu.edu by September 1, 2010.

 
Possible Conference Categories and Topics include, but are not limited
to the following:
 
●     Comedy and Pedagogy
●     Humor in Teaching/Teaching Humor
●     The Rhetoric of Laughter
●     Visual Rhetorics: Wit, Satire, and Humor in Graphic Novels,
Comics and Cartoons
●     Writing Humor: Creative Writing (Fiction, Poetry, Drama,
Screenwriting)
●     Writing Humor: Wit, Satire, and Comic Devices in Persuasive
Nonfiction
●     Journalism and Humor
●     Comedy on the Stage and Page
●     Humor on Film: What Funny Looks and Sounds Like
●     The Art and Craft of Telling Jokes
●     Comedy and World History
●     Period Comedy (Ancient Greece/ Rome, Medieval, Renaissance,
etc)
●     Cross-Cultural Influences of Contemporary Comedic Traditions
●     Can Humor be Translated? Reading Comedy Across Cultures
●     Humor in Conflict - The Role of Comedy in Literature of
Subversion
●     Humor in Politics and Cultural Studies
●     The Theory of Humor/Humor in Theory
●     Fools, Clowns, Jesters, and Killjoys: Archetypes, Stereotypes,
Cliches in Comedy
●     Troping on Humor: Mock Epic, Satire, Parodies
●     On the Dark Side: The Tradition of Black Comedies
●     That’s Not Funny (or is it?): Evaluating Humor
●     The Multimodality of Humor: How Technology Affects Comedy or
Creates New Comedies

Possible Presentation Formats may include:

●     Panel Presentations (three 20-minute papers in a 75 minute
session)
●     Roundtables (several short papers presenting questions and
topics for discussion among panelists and audience members)
●     Workshops (an interactive presentation that engages audience in
learning or applying new principles and concepts and sharing ideas among
participants)
●     Performances (individual or collaborative dramatizations or
delivery/performing of material, with time for audience responses; )
●     Videos (15 minutes or less)
●     Podcasts (15 minutes or less)

 

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