International Humour Conference

H U M O U R : T E X T S / C O N T E X T S
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Theme and Theme-note of the Conference:

The theme of the conference is Humour: Texts, Contexts. Humour is a ubiquitous aspect of culture that has been largely neglected in the academic domain, but recently salvaged by Cultural Studies. The conference will highlight the interdisciplinary relevance of humour research, from the perspectives of literary studies, education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, politics, religion, philosophy, business, healthcare, and others. There will be invited lectures on the various facets of humour, its functions and relationships, on humour theories, and how humour varies according to culture, age, gender, purpose and context. Papers and poster presentations will be invited from academics, scholars and students from various universities and departments across the country under the following sub-categories:

1. Types of Humour
Jokes, Practical humour, Physiological humour, Intellectual humour, self-deprecating humour, sarcasm, black humour, carnivalesque laughter, grotesque humour, violent humour, burlesque, buffoonery
2. Humour: Archetypes and Stereotypes
Folklore, the clown, the fool, the trickster, the tragic comedian, the sacred & the profane, intelligence & stupidity, deficiency & disability, obesity, beauty, stereotypes of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age
3. Humour and Literature
History of humour in literature, oral narratives, aesthetics of humour, genres (Comedy, Satire, Farce, Slapstick, Tragicomedy, Folk humour), realism & fantasy, verbal humour, tropes, classical & romantic humour, Gothic, Absurd, children’s literature, utopias & dystopias, parody, gallows humour, language of humour, dialects and registers, iconoclastic literature, in criticism
4. Humour and Culture
Gender and sexuality, age, laughter (in relation to trauma & relief, pleasure, pain, fear), hysteria, therapy, insanity, insult, religion, family, workplace, urban & rural, morality & ethics, multiculturalism, tolerance, class & caste, as a defence strategy
5. Humour in Education
Humour in the classroom, as communication, cognition, as play, in teaching & learning, in curriculum design, in pedagogy, language acquisition, interviews & interpersonal interaction
6. Humour and the Nation
Identity, national character, Indian humour, Western humour, American humour, British humour, nationalism
7. Humour and Power
Oppression, authority, resistance, empowerment, as defence mechanism, subaltern, hierarchy, centre & marginality, Bakhtin, Foucault
8. Comic Subversions
Re-tellings, parodies, translation, adaptation, imitation, centres (heroism, masculinity, morality, intellectualism, sophistication, religion, class, region), reverence & irreverence, rational & irrational, creating humour (workshop)
9. Humour and Politics
Political humour, politics of humour, discourse, terror, humour & hypocrisy, illusion & spectacle, shock, chaos, freedom, management & manipulation, in political communication, rightist and leftist, as defence, political ideologies, corruption, in democracy & totalitarianism.
10. Women and Humour
Representation, connection & resistance, survival, justice, sexuality, public & private, male vs. female humour, feminism, sexism & abuse, female stereotypes
11. Ethnic Humour
Indigeneity, ethnic neighbours, ethnic minorities
12. Humour in Performance
Dance, music, theatre, visual arts, business, social work, healthcare
13. Humour in Popular Culture
Pop arts, mimicry, mockery, cartoons, comic books, caricatures, violence & savagery, festivals, food, fashion, punk, mass communication, postmodern
14. Humour in the Audio-Visual Media
Advertising, television, radio, news media, entertainment media, worldwide web, Hollywood, Indian cinema, video games, censorship & net neutrality.

Call for Papers

Original, unpublished articles and presentations on the themes mentioned above, or on related issues, are invited for presentation in the conference. We only solicit unpublished papers, as we will be publishing a commemorative volume, with ISBN, in connection with the conference. The volume will be released at the inaugural function of the conference.

Last date for the receipt of abstracts : 30 June 2013
Information on the selection of abstracts : 15 July 2013
Payment of Registration fee : 10 September 2013
Last date for the receipt of full paper : 30 September 2013


Dr. P.P. Ajayakumar

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