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Tracy Wuster <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 25 Jan 2023 10:19:25 -0600
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Hello all,

After such a fun time working on the Elmira conference with Shelley, Joe,
and Matt, I am now working on a conference with the American Humor Studies
Association and the Comedy-SIG of the SCMS.

I hope you will excuse the promotion for the conference.  I hope that some
of you on the list might be interested.



Comedy/Humor Studies

Call for Participants

Sponsored by:

American Humor Studies Association

The Comedy and Humor Studies SIG of SCMS


From July 10-12, 2023, Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York
will host a Comedy/Humor Studies conference. This will bring together
interdisciplinary perspectives on humor and comedy from media and cultural
studies, the arts, literary history and analysis, critical race theories,
performance studies, contemporary feminism(s), rhetorical studies, ethnic
studies, and other approaches and perspectives in the humanities and social

The mission of the conference and the AHSA is to foster and stimulate
vibrant exchange and dynamic conversations among scholars, and as such
welcomes scholars, writers, and performers. The interdisciplinary nature of
the conference captures our larger commitment to a deep engagement with the
historical, cultural, political, and material dimensions of humor and
comedy–within an American context and in the global imagination. We welcome
papers with an expansive range of defining “America”--including
transnational, international, and cross-cultural perspectives on humor.

The conference invites proposals for papers, performances,
works-in-progress, and roundtables on all aspects of comedy and humor, and
all things and topics in between.

NOTE: all graduate students are eligible for the Constance Rourke Prize to
help defray cost of attendance.



Proposals for paper presentations of 15 minutes should consist of a
250-word proposal and A/V requests in the body of an email (which makes
everyone’s life easier).


Proposals for organized roundtables will consist of 5-7 minute statements
from each participant with significant time for discussion. If you are
interested in being on one of the following roundtables, please send an
email with your proposed topic.

We are looking for participants to join us to discuss the the following


   What is the future of the study of comedy and humor in America?

   Transnational flows of humor/comedy

   The pleasure and power of humor

   Humor and identity politics

   Humor and political ideologies

***NOTE: you may participate in one roundtable and present one paper.


Participants will submit a working draft of a book chapter or journal
article one month before the conference for posting on the conference
website. Participants will sign up to read and discuss work in progress
during a lunch or breakfast session, with food provided.

***NOTE: you may submit a “Works-in-Progress” proposal and a paper or
roundtable proposal, but the topics should be different.


We are willing to consider approaches to humor studies that incorporate
non-traditional modes. We are also willing to facilitate a performance or
screening to encourage discussion. Please email with questions.


Please send proposals directly in the body of an email to
[log in to unmask] by January 27th, 2023. Notifications will be
sent by March 10. Please feel free to contact the conference organizers
with any questions at [log in to unmask]

We welcome proposals for paper presentations on any topic related to
American comedy and/or American humor, broadly conceived. Scholars are
invited to present research on any of the following topics (or others
related to humor, comedy, laughter, etc.):


   the relationship between comedy and humor as conceptual categories,
   along with all other related questions of theory and terminology


   humor in regional, national, transnational, international, and other
   spatial contexts

   comedy in all its forms (TV, film, stand-up, podcasts, sketch, improv,
   theater, etc.)

   humor and humorous exchanges in social and everyday contexts,
   organizations, etc.

   literary humor (novels, tales, sketches, poetry, children’s books, YA,
   science fiction, magazines, etc.)

   visual humor, comics, and graphic narratives

   internet humor, memes, and other new media

   humor and gender, race, sexuality, class, religion, ability, etc.

   humor and political ideologies (conservatism, far-right, alt-right,
   fascism, nationalism, white supremacy, liberalism, neoliberalism,
   libertarianism, socialism, communism, anarchism, etc.)

   satire, ridicule, parody, wit, charged and other forms of humor

   humor in “serious” contexts or works

We especially welcome proposals from scholars of color, junior scholars,
and independent scholars. Graduate students attending the conference will
be eligible for “Constance Rourke Travel Grant
to assist with travel funds. We highly encourage scholars to contribute to
this fund.  See the conference website for more information.

Attendees must be (or become) a member
the American Humor Studies Association. Presenters will be highly
encouraged to submit article-length versions of their work for possible
publication in Studies in American Humor
a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Humor Studies Association
since 1974 and in conjunction with the Penn State University Press since

The conference registration fee
be $40 for graduate students, adjunct faculty, and independent scholars,
and $75 for tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

Conference Committee

J Finley, Pomona College

Beck Krefting, Skidmore College

Raul Perez, University of La Verne

Kriszta Pozsonyi, Cornell University

Adrien Sebro, University of Texas, Austin

Evelyn Shih, University of Colorado, Boulder

Tracy Wuster, University of Texas, Austin