The Humor Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association is seeking papers for the 2011 ASA Conference:
"Imagination, Reparation, Transformation"
October 20-23, 2011
Proposals on any aspect of American Humor will be welcomed:
(both high- and low-brow)
and even punsÖ
Proposals due by: January 15th
Panels will be assembled for submission by the January 26 deadline.
Proposals should be no more than 500 words and should include a brief CV.
Proposals should be sent to Tracy Wuster: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in chairing a panel, please contact the above person.
In addition, we are looking for people to fill three specific panels:
1) Humor and Politics:
From Benjamin Franklinís clever satire to Stephen Colbertís parodic punditry, from The Massesís devastating cartoons to Gary Trudeauís Doonesbury: humor has played a vital, yet often unexamined role in American politics. This panel seeks papers that examine both humor as political discourse and rhetoric and the effects of humor on politics. We welcome proposals from a variety of perspectives historical, theoretical, or otherwise. Proposals should be no more than 300 words and include a short bibliography.
2) Ethnic Humor: Pleasures and Problems
About any aspect of ethnic humor.
3) Roundtable: Humor Studies and Cultural Studies
A panel of scholars will discuss the relationship between humor studies and cultural studies as fields of discourse. Each scholar will speak for 5-8 minutes, then discuss with the audience. Focus of individual remarks are open to interpretation.
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