Call for papers for a book on Mad magazine. We are looking for scholarly examinations of the magazine, its humor, its artists, its cultural and political impact, and its influence. The book is under consideration by a major university press, and will expand what was covered in a recent special issue of Studies in American Humor. Here is the link to the contents of that issue: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/studamerhumor.issue-30
Possible topics include the following: feminist approaches; racial issues; humor types/genres/media; movie and TV parodies; recurring features, such as “Spy vs. Spy”; examinations of specific artists/writers; precursors; legacy/influence; and others.
Please send queries or proposals by September 15, 2015 to Judith Yaross Lee, the editor of Studies in American Humor: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CLEMENS CONFERENCE 2015
Hannibal, Missouri – July 23-25, 2015
REGISTRATION DEADLINE JULY 10
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum is hosting The Clemens Conference in Hannibal July 23-25. The three days feature a wide range of papers on Mark Twain related topics, and trips to area Mark Twain sites. The deadline for registrations is July 10.
If you are registering from outside the United States, contact Henry Sweets for instructions.
If you only can attend part of the workshop, a reduced fee can be arranged. Send details of your attendance plans and you will be provided the appropriate registration fee.
General information, a schedule, and registration forms are available on-line at http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/index.php/education/conference . Inexepnsive rooms are available at Hannibal-LaGrange University; details are included on our web site. Contact us with any questions.
The Conference is open to anyone with an interest in Mark Twain.
Henry Sweets email@example.com
Henry Sweets, Executive Director
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
120 North Main Street
Hannibal MO 63401
Columbia College Chicago is hiring two full time lecturer positions to serve its rapidly growing B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performing.
The degree is the only one of its kind in the United ecoetates and had its beginnings in 2007 in a partnership between Columbia College Chicago and The Second City. The Comedy Studies semester (www.comedystudies.com) provides a semester abroad style program in which students come to Chicago and study comic acting, improvisation, sketch and solo writing, comedy history, and physical and vocal prep for comedy. All courses in the semester are held at The Second City’s historic location on Wells Street in Chicago.
Alumni of the Comedy Studies semester include SNL’s Aidy Bryant, performers for Second City’s resident and touring companies, writers for The Onion as well as network, cable, and Netflix television shows as well as numerous regularly performing stand-up, improv, and sketch comedians, as well as at least one ordained minister.
The B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performing enters its third year in 2015-2016 with an estimated 200 majors. This interdisciplinary degree is housed within the Columbia College Theatre department and builds on the philosophy of the Comedy Studies semester; successful comedians require training and experience as writers, performers, directors, and producers across media. In addition to the semester at The Second City, major requirements include foundation work in theatrical principles and acting, comedy specific training in theory and practice, as well as coursework in television and self-management and freelancing.
Job descriptions for the two positions are listed below. If you have questions about the positions or about the program in general please feel free to contact Program Coordinator and Director of Comedy Studies, Anne Libera at ALibera@colum.edu.
Lecturer, Comedy Writing and Performing Program, Theatre Department (Focus in Clown and Physical Comedy)
The Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago has an opening for the position of Lecturer in the Comedy Writing and Performing Program. The candidate would possess an advanced degree in Theatre or related disciplines or have the equivalent professional experience. Successful candidates will possess strong teaching experience and collaboration skills and have at least five years professional experience as a performer or director in the field of physical theater, circus arts, mask work, or clown. Experience with Chicago style improvisation, standup, or sketch comedy a plus.
Duties include: Teaching four classes a semester within the program; Advising students; Co-coordinating freshman foundation classes; Organize activities for majors; Curriculum development; Collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and ancillary departmental tasks as needed.
Lecturer, Comedy Writing and Performing Program, Theatre Department
(Focus on Writing and Directing)
The Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago has an opening for the position of Lecturer in the Comedy Writing and Performing Program. The candidate would possess an advanced degree in Theatre, Writing, or related disciplines or have the equivalent professional experience. Successful candidates will possess strong teaching experience and collaboration skills and have at least five years professional experience as a writer or director in the fields of sketch, standup, film, television, or internet comedy. Performance experience is a plus.
Duties include: Teaching four classes a semester including one within the television department; Advising students; Developing curriculum for advanced performance classes; Developing and overseeing cabaret space with performance opportunities for majors; Collaborating with Business, Film and Television departments on interdisciplinary projects and ancillary departmental tasks as needed.
Columbia College Chicago is an undergraduate and graduate institution whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information within a context of enlightened liberal education. Our intent is to educate students who will communicate creatively and author the culture of their times.
To further the mission of the College, and contribute to the creative student-centered community, we are committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff. Columbia encourages qualified female, LGBTQ, disabled, and minority individuals to apply for all positions.
The Comedy and Humor Studies Special Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies has set up a listserv for scholars and critics working on comedy and humor. If you wish to join, please email Pete Kunze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Papers: “Is American Satire Still in a Postmodern Condition?”
Special issue on contemporary satire for Studies in American Humor (Fall 2016), James E. Caron (University of Hawaii—Manoa), Guest Editor; Judith Yaross Lee (Ohio University, Editor).
In response to the torrent of satiric materials that has been and continues to be produced in recent years, Studies in American Humor invites proposals for 20-page essays using the rubric of “the postmodern condition” as an analytical gambit for demarcating a poetics of American comic art forms that use ridicule to enable critique and promote the possibility of social change. Proposals might focus on aspects of the following issues.
What problems are associated with defining satire as a comic mode, and how do recent examples fit into such debates? How useful is the term postmodern to characterize satire—i.e. does it refer to a period or an operation? How useful for understanding recent and contemporary satire are terms designed to indicate we have moved into something other than postmodernism: e.g. trans- or post-humanism, cosmodernism, digimodernism, post-theory? In accounts of satire as a mode of comic presentation of social issues, what differences arise from varied technologies and platforms, not just print but also TV sitcoms (live-action or animated), movies, comic strips, stand-up formats, or the sit-down presentation of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Do significant differences emerge from satires on YouTube (or the video-sharing service, Vines) and various Internet sites (e.g., Funny or Die) and social media? If ridicule, broadly speaking, is the engine of satiric critique, what ethical concerns are entailed in its use?
Various disciplinary perspectives and methods are welcome. StAH values new transnational and interdisciplinary approaches as well as traditional critical and historical humanities scholarship. Submit proposals of 500-750 words to StAH’s editorial portal <http://www.editorialmanager.com/sah/> by June 15, 2015, for full consideration. Authors will be notified of the editors’ decisions in early July. Completed essays will be due by January 15, 2016. For complete information on Studies in American Humor and full submission guidelines see <http://studiesinamericanhumor.org/ >. At the time of publication all authors are expected to be members of the American Humor Studies Association, which began publishing StAH (now produced in association with the Penn State University Press) in 1974. Queries may be addressed to the editors at <email@example.com>.
The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on the subject of television for its annual fall conference to be held on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015 on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.
NEPCA Fall Conference information, including proposal form and other instructions, can be found at http://nepca.wordpress.com/fall-conference/. Proposals should be sent to the 2015 Program Chair Kraig Larkin (Kraig.Larkin@colby-sawyer.edu) and to the television area chair, Kathleen Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be sure to include the acronym NEPCA in the email subject line. The deadline for proposals is Monday, June 15, 2015.
I am writing to inform you about a unique event happening this spring in Philadelphia. On May 28-31st The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international association of professionals in the fields of health, education and business, will be holding their 28th Annual Conference at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Planned are four days of learning and inspiration with leading speakers in the fields of neuroscience and therapeutic humor, including two well-known Philadelphians, Scott Barry Kaufmann of the Imagination Institute- University of Pennsylvania and Saranne Rothberg, founder of Comedy Cures. Attached you will find a press release and brochure with more information. As a fellow humor-based organization I invite you to share this information with any of your members who may be interested in attending.
Registration is done online at www.aath.org and early bird registration rates are available until April 1st. Should you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Call for Papers
2015 SAMLA Annual Conference November 13-15
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham, NC
Topic: Humor in Social Media
This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Humor in Social Media. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 87 theme (In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts) are especially welcome. By May 1, 2015, please submit a 300-500 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Joe Alvarez, at email@example.com.
Participants must be members of SAMLA to participate in this session. Proposers must express a firm commitment to attend the conference.
STANDING CALLS FOR PAPERS:
Call for Papers: Studies in American Humor
Studies in American Humor (StAH) invites submissions for upcoming issues. Submissions of essay manuscripts of between 5000 and 8000 words are welcome on any topic, theme, practice, practitioner, and medium of American humor. StAH values new transnational and interdisciplinary approaches as well as traditional critical and historical humanities scholarship.
The official journal of the American Humor Studies Association, Studies in American Humor (ISSN 0095-280X) has published scholarly essays, review essays, and book reviews on all aspects of American humor since 1974. Issues appear semi-annually in spring and fall; articles are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and available in full text in EBSCOhost’s Humanities International Complete and Literary Reference Center databases.
Additional information can be found at studiesinamericanhumor.org. Please address essay submissions and inquiries to Judith Yaross Lee, Editor of Studies in American Humor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please address books for review and interest in serving as a reviewer to
Tracy Wuster, Book Review Editor, at email@example.com
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
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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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