AMERICAN HUMOR STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Call for Abstracts for ALA 2020
The American Humor Studies Association seeks abstracts for a session titled “Take my husband … please: Humor and the Home” for the American Literature Association annual conference in San Diego, Calif., May 21-24, 2020.
AHSA welcomes submissions that explore literary, visual, and performative examples of how American humor has been deployed to critique, analyze, and respond to life in the private sphere: from the physical home, to family life, to sexuality. Abstracts may propose analyses of specific texts and images, from any time frame or medium, including biography, political cartoons, social media, films, plays, television, and stand-up comedy.
Please email a brief CV and 300-word abstract (and please indicate any audio/visual needs) by December 16, 2019 to Teresa Prados-Torreira (firstname.lastname@example.org) using “Humor and the Home” as the subject line. All panelists will need to be current members of AHS
The American Humor Studies Association seeks abstracts for an Open-Topic session for the American Literature Association annual conference in San Diego, May 21-24, 2020.
AHSA encourages submissions on any topic related to American humor for this session.
Please email a brief CV and 300-word abstract (and please indicate any audio/visual needs) by December 16, 2019 to Teresa Prados-Torreira (email@example.com) using “Open Topic Panel” as the subject line. All panelists will need to be current members of AHSA.
Call for Participants
American Humor Studies Association
The Comedy and Humor Studies SIG of SCMS
“Comedy/Humor” will be held on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin from June 18-20, 2020. The conference will feature paper panels and roundtables on all aspects of American humor, American comedy, and all thing and topics inbetween.
Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 3, 2020. Notifications will be sent by March 20. Please feel free to contact the conference organizers with any questions at email@example.com.
Proposals for paper presentations of 15-17 minutes should consist of a 250-word proposal and A/V requests.
Proposals for organized roundtables of 8-10 minute statements from each participant with significant time for discussion. Include an overview of 100 words for the overall theme, a brief description of each presenter’s topic, a proposed Chair (not required), and A/V requests.
NOTE: you may participate in one roundtable and give one paper.
WORKS IN PROGRESS:
Participant will submit a working draft of a book chapter or journal article one month before the conference for posting on 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. Email with questions.
We welcome proposals for paper presentations on any topic related to American humor and/or American comedy, broadly conceived. Scholars across the humanities are invited to present research on any of the following topics (or others related to humor, comedy, laughter, etc., etc.):
- the relationship between comedy and humor as conceptual categories, along with all other related questions of theory and terminology
- comedy in all its forms (TV, film, stand-up, podcasts, sketch, improv, theater, improv, etc.)
- literary humor (novels, tales, sketches, poetry, children’s books, YA, science fiction, magazines, etc. from all times and places)
- visual humor, comics, and graphic narratives
- podcasts, internet humor, memes, and other new media
- humor and gender, race, sexuality, class, religion, etc.
- satire, ridicule, parody, wit and other forms of humor
- humor in “serious” contexts or works
- humor in regional, national, transnational, international, and other spatial contexts
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 of 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 2015.
The conference registration fee will be $40 for graduate students, adjunct faculty, and independent scholars, and $75 for tenure-track faculty members.
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
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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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