Looking for humor studies scholars interested in participating in the newly-forming Humor Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association. We are at the stage of gauging interest and contacting parties who may be interested. Since caucuses are, to quote the ASA, "the populist side of the American Studies Association," we are looking for people who want to participate in planning the caucus and putting together panels for next year's ASA.
The main benefits of a caucus are:
1) to provide a (somewhat) organized networking space to plan panels on humor
2) to sponsor one official panel per year
3) to "thread" panels on humor to not overlap, and possibly to be all on one day
4) to have a business meeting to discuss future goals and panels
The first step going forward is for you to decide if you would like to participate in the caucus. If so, please email Tracy Wuster (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you will be put on a mailing list. The mailing list will have two initial functions: to plan panels for next year and to work on a mission statement. We can then complete the ASA caucus registration, which is to "submit a description, including their rationale and purpose, an agenda with their plans and goals, and contact information." The ASA provides space for a webpage, as well. Additionally, I have been in contact with the American Humor Studies Association about coordinating with that organization to promote our caucus and ASA as a site for humor studies scholarship.
If you are interested in participating, please email me. Additionally, please forward this invitation to other scholars who might be interested in being part of the humor studies caucus.
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