View the preliminary 2014 Conference Schedule, and check back soon for information on Speakers, Exhibitor Opportunities, and more!
Are you tired of the same kind of conference? Tired of sitting through boring sessions waiting for the day to end so you can have fun? Do you want to attend a conference where laughing AND learning are the rule and NOT the exception?
Then you won’t want to miss the 27th Annual AATH Humor Conference in Vincennes, Indiana… April 3-6, 2014… at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy located on the campus of Vincennes University.
Join in on the informative fun as AATH (the Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor) meets for its 27th annual, international gathering. Our appropriate conference site will be the brand new “Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy” located on the campus of Vincennes University in Vincennes Indiana. Come to learn, to share “best practices,” to network, to laugh, to see old friends, to meet new ones, and to be genuinely uplifted by the experience! Keynotes, Workshops, Humor Academy, Research Poster Session, CEUs, Scholarships, and a New Curriculum Track Especially for Therapeutic Clowning!
Mark Twain and Money: Call for contributions to a volume of new scholarly
Questions about Mark Twain’s fascination with wealth have played a major
role in Twain criticism from the very beginning. It might be argued, in
fact, that the foundational disagreement in Twain studies hinges on whether
his commercial inclinations fostered his artistic achievement (Bernard
DeVoto) or bastardized his talent (Van Wyck Brooks). Rather than prolong
the biographical debate, this volume of original essays will draw on recent
work at the intersection of economic theory and literary studies (sometimes
referred to as the New Economic Criticism) to reevaluate and deepen our
understanding of Mark Twain’s complicated relationship with money and issues
of economy, broadly understood. Topics of interest might include Twain’s
the profession of authorship
the literary marketplace
concepts of ownership
concepts of intellectual property, real property, and personhood
copyright law and theory
the nature of money and its relationship to art, literature, and
debates about the gold and silver standards
the meaning and significance of debt, credit, and usury
commodities and the commodity form
production and consumption
economic panic and bankruptcy
Webster & Co.
investment and speculation
gender and/or masculinity in relation to economic forces and events
capitalism and capitalists
progressive politics, socialism, and the rights of workers
the advertising industry
branding and marketing
the role of fraud in economic transactions/the role of hoax in literary
work and leisure
play (or childhood) in relation to economic structures and practices
Please send paper abstracts of 500 words and a working title to Harry Wonham
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1, 2014. Final essays will be between
6,000-8,000 words in length and should conform to the MLA documentation
style. Final papers will be due by September 1, 2014. Questions, comments,
and suggestions should be directed to Harry Wonham, Department of English,
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ( email@example.com ).
American Literature Association
May 22-25, 2014
American Humor Studies Association
Call for Papers
The AHSA plans to sponsor three sessions at the 2014 national meeting. We seek cogent, provocative, well-researched papers on the following subjects:
1. “Political Humor from Franklin to Colbert”—Abstracts (300 words max.) are encouraged on the connections between political discourse and American humor. All periods and approaches—from literary texts to stand-up comedy—will be considered. Papers should address both a specific context and the more general context of the uses and limits of humor in political realms.
2. “Teaching American Humor”–Abstracts (300 words max.) are encouraged for a roundtable on the challenges and joys of teaching American humor. Each presenter will have 8-12 minutes (depending on the number of presenters chosen) to present their theoretical and/or practical approach to the teaching of American humor—whether focused on the general subject or on a specific topic. A decent amount of time will be given to discussion of the topic.
3. “Graphic Humor in American Periodicals”—Abstracts (300 words max.) are encouraged on subjects addressing “graphic humor” in American periodicals. Subjects could range from cartoon strips to political cartoons to illustrations, and may include alternative interpretations of the term “graphic.” Papers should focus on the periodical context of the subject, as well as broader concerns of interpreting humor. Panel sponsored by the American Humor Studies Association and the Research Society for American Periodicals.
Please e-mail abstracts no later than January 10, 2013 to Tracy Wuster (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line: “AHSA session, 2013 ALA.” Notifications will go out no later than January 20, 2013.
American Literature Association
May 22-25, 2014
Research Society for American Periodicals
Call for Papers
RSAP seeks proposals for the American Literature Association’s 25th Annual Conference, 22-25 May 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. Proposals are requested for the following:
1. War and/in American Periodicals after 1914
As spaces of dialogue and dissent, American periodicals have played a formative role in the negotiation of war’s meaning in American culture. This panel seeks 15-20–minute papers that might address any aspect of this topic, including but not limited to: seriality and war; soldier newspapers; trench journalism; periodicals and the home front; fictional representations of war in periodicals; periodicals as spaces for dialogue and dissent about war; anti-war publications; responses to war in black periodicals; war in visual culture; the imagined communities of wartime America; literary style and war correspondence; etc. Please email 300-word abstract and C.V. to Amanda Gailey at email@example.com by December 15, 2013; please put “RSAP panel submission” in the subject line.
2. “Graphic Humor in American Periodicals”—Abstracts (300 words max.) are encouraged on subjects addressing “graphic humor” in American periodicals. Subjects could range from cartoon strips to political cartoons to illustrations, and may include alternative interpretations of the term “graphic.” Papers should focus on the periodical context of the subject, as well as broader concerns of interpreting humor. This panel is co-sponsored by the American Humor Studies Association and the Research Society for American Periodicals. Please e-mail abstracts no later than January 10, 2013 to Tracy Wuster (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line: “AHSA/RSAP session, 2013 ALA.”
Notifications will go out no later than January 20, 2013.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
THE RED LION SYMPOSIUM ON HUMOR PUBLICATION
(A Joint Project of the Mark Twain Circle and the American Humor Studies Association)
Where: The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Massachusetts (http://www.redlioninn.com/)
When: Thursday-Saturday February 20-22
Purpose: This working conference is intended to advance publication of work on American Humor, Mark Twain, and related work in progress. Individuals papers and group symposiums will be offered relating to work in progress which will be presented by participants and discussed and developed with the help of attending scholars.
Thursday Evening: Welcome Address: Publication, by David E. E. Sloane and Others TBA
Friday: Morning Symposium and presentations and feedback; Afternoon symposium and feedback
Saturday: Morning Symposium; Afternoon, events
Rooms–reserved block of rooms to be reserved by individuals in advance at conference rate of $109 Thursday and $179 Friday and Saturday (plus tax).
Other events to be arranged. Red Lion Inn is one of the grand old Inns of New England, featuring gourmet dining, luxury rooms, heated indoor-outdoor swimming year-round, and other amenities. Stockbridge is the home of the Norman Rockwell Museum and is easily reached from Bradley International Airport in Hartford/Springfield.
You are welcome to REGISTER with or without giving a presentation simply be sending your $45 registration fee and the form below to David E. E. Sloane, English Dept. University of New Haven 300 Boston Post Rd. West Haven CT 06516. To PARTICIPATE as a Speaker, Chair, or Respondent, please send a paragraph outlining your objective/project or experience on a separate page with your reservation fee and contact information. Questions should be addressed to: DSloane@newhaven.edu
STATUS ___Guest ___Presenter ___Chair _____Respondent
Call for Papers: MAD Magazine and Its Legacies
Special issue of Studies in American Humor, Fall 2014
Since 1952, MAD Magazine has regaled humor lovers and inspired humor producers in many media. Studies in American Humor, the journal of the American Humor Studies Association, invites submission of scholarly papers devoted to MAD Magazine and its legacies for a special issue of the journal appearing in the fall of 2014, coedited by John Bird (Winthrop University) and Judith Yaross Lee (Ohio University).
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
*humor, verbal and/or visual
*satire (as technique, analysis of individual examples or themes, etc.)
*parody (as technique, analysis of individual examples or themes, etc.)
*individual artists and writers
*regular and occasional features
*one or mode recurrent themes (politics, technology, parenthood, suburbia)
*cultural impact and legacies
*influence, general and specific (including direct influence on individuals and genres)
Potential contributors should send queries and abstracts (500-750 words) by October 1, 2013 or complete manuscripts by June 1, 2014. Email queries and abstracts to email@example.com. General information on Studies in American Humor and submission guidelines are available athttp://studiesinamericanhumor.org/.
STANDING CALLS FOR PAPERS:
Studies in American Humor
Information and Submission Guidelines
- Founded in 1974, Studies in American Humor (ISSN 0095-280X) publishes essays, review essays, and book reviews on all aspects of American humor. Submissions of essay manuscripts of between 5000 and 8000 words are welcome. The journal also invites individuals to send books for review; books and essays for our feature, “The Year’s Work in American Humor Studies”; and primary texts with short analytical essays for “The Recovery Room.”
- One electronic copy of a manuscript should be submitted via email. Chicago style will be accepted only for the initial readers’ reviews of manuscripts; all submissions must be converted to MLA if accepted for publication. Because the journal practices blind submission, the author’s name should appear only on the title page of the manuscript. Contributors must be members in good standing of the AHSA.
- Essay submissions, materials for “The Year’s Work” and “The Recovery Room,” books and inquiries about book reviews, and other publication queries should be addressed to Ed Piacentino, Editor, Studies in American Humor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humor: The International Journal of Humor Research
Instructions for Authors
Contributors are invited to submit articles pertaining to humor research to the editor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Amsterdam
OZ Achterburgwal 185
Comedy plays a more important role today than ever before: it is a multi-billion dollar global industry, with Hollywood comedies taking major profits each year and comedians commanding huge salaries and audiences worldwide. Yet there is currently no academic journal dedicated to these cultural phenomena.
Comedy Studies is a response to this glaring absence. The journal will cover multiple aspects of comedy, with articles about both contemporary and historical comedy, interviews with practicing comedians and writers, reviews, letters and editorials. The journal seeks to be instrumental in creating interdisciplinary discourse about the nature and practice of comedy and provide a forum for the disparate voices of comedians, academics and writers. In this way, the journal aims to be the first step in the creation of a community committed to the promotion, documentation and expansion of the field of comedy studies.
Sample themes might include Ancient Greek theatre, the relation of comedy and food and comedy and gender. Another interest would be the role of comedy in therapy; in medical circles comedy is being incorporated into the healing process and professionals are beginning to develop methods of using laughter to deal with physical and psychological problems. The journal is also intent on investigating historical attempts to analyse comedy, from Aristotle to Freud. Finally, it aims to create links between the growing number of university departments who offer specialist units or courses in comedy in the UK and abroad.
Comedy Studies invites contributions from researchers and practitioners throughout the world seeking to analyse all aspects of comedy, laughter and joking. Some proposed topics are:
• Contemporary performance aspects in comedy
• Comedy and gender
• Comedy and therapy
• The comedy foreigner
• Comedy in political life
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