Works in Progress Virtual Conference: CFP

                                                             AHSA Presents

Humor/Comedy Studies Works-in-Progress

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The American Humor Studies Association is now accepting proposals for a series of online day conferences in July 2021, for the following dates: 

Friday, July 9, 2021: Works-in-Progress: Black Comedy Matters

Friday, July 16, 2021: Works-in-Progress: New Books on American Humor

Friday, July 23, 2021: Works-in-Progress: Covid Comedy 

Friday, July 30, 2021 Works-in-Progress: ALA Reboot

Submit your proposals to:

Your proposal should include

  1. Panel of interest
  2. Title of presentation
  3. Abstract (Up to 250 words)
  4. CV

Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2021. 

Only one submission per person, please. Coordinators will contact folks by the end of April. Regardless of your ability to contribute we hope you will attend one or all of the day-conferences!

Friday, July 9, 2021

Works-in-Progress: Black Comedy Matters (Coordinator: Tracy Wuster)

Two panels of participants (90 minutes each)

Scholars and others who are planning to submit to the Black Comedy Matters Special Issue of Studies in American Humor will present 10-minute talks on the goal of their submission, the animating questions, and invitations for conversation.  Participation does not guarantee acceptance into the special issue. 

Discussion with Darryl Dickson Carr and the editorial board 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Works-in-Progress: New Books on American Humor (Coordinator: Samantha Chesters)

Two panels of participants (90 minutes each)

Scholars working on a new and currently unpublished books are invited to submit. Scholars will present 10-minute talks on central arguments or a portion of the monograph with the rest of the time devoted to feedback and discussion of ideas. 

First Book Workshop – discussion with seasoned scholars and publishers on moving the dissertation into a manuscript: tips, timing, challenges, etc.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Works-in-Progress: Covid Comedy (Coordinator: Beck Krefting)

Two panels of participants (90 minutes each)

Scholars will present 10-minute talks on their burgeoning research on comedy emerging during the pandemic with a general focus on one or both topics: 

Topic 1: The Changing Nature of Stand-up Comedy 

How has stand-up comedy changed—its form, its players, our expectations of it, the contract between comedian and audience? How does power shape the production and distribution of comedy during a pandemic? 

Topic 2: Comedy is a Janus-Faced Beautiful Bastard

How has comedy challenged or contributed to longstanding social inequalities during the pandemic?

Round Table with Jesse David Fox (comedy writer for VultureGood One podcast), select comedians (TBD), with moderator Beck Krefting

Friday, July 30, 2021

Works-in-Progress: American Literature Association Reboot (Coordinator: Teresa Prados-Torreira)

***Note: not seeking submissions for this panel***

Scholars from two panels planning to present at ALA in 2020 will present their work here instead (90 minutes each; traditional format). 

 “‘Take my husband … please’: Humor and the Home”

Chair: Teresa Prados-Torreira, Columbia College Chicago

1. “The Female Domestic Comedians of the Old Northeast,” David E.E. Sloane, University of New Haven

2. “Headless of the Household: 1950s Animated Shorts Depicting the American Housewife from the Neck Down,” Rick Cousins, Trent University

3. “‘As good as it is ever going to get’: Erma Bombeck and the Tragedy of Domestic Humor,” Jeffrey Melton, University of Alabama

 “‘What are we laughing at?’: Contrarian humor, Satire and Popular Culture” 

Chair: Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio State University

1. “‘Is my life a joke to you?’: Humor, Language, and Black Women’s Agency,” Tajanae L. Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2. Sci-Fi Black Mirror(s) and the Idea of Degenerative Satire,” James E. Caron, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

3. “Policing American Comic Outbreaks, 2010-2020,” Bruce Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4. “American Comedy and Humor for International Graduate Students: Why Allusions Matter,” Seth A. Streichler, Stanford University

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