If you have a CFP you would like to publicize, please email Tracy Wuster at or post in a comment to this page.


Call for Papers for the 2016 SAMLA Convention, November 4-6, Jacksonville, FL. See for more convention information.

Humor, whether in an historical realm (satirists and court jesters) or in a modern sense, has always held up the mirror to society. The American Humor Studies Association panel for the 2016 SAMLA Conference welcomes papers about any aspect of humor performance (stand up, essay, fiction, film, television, or other) as it pertains to society. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA theme are especially welcome. By June 3, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Todd Thomas, American Humor Studies Association, at


The Mark Twain Circle of America is organizing a session for SAMLA 2016, November 4-6, 2016, in Jacksonville Florida. The session is entitled “Mark Twain in Heaven and Hell.” This panel welcomes papers that deal with Mark Twain’s life and/or work as it relates to the idea of heaven and hell, drawing on the biography, the autobiography, his fiction, or his nonfiction. By May 30, 2016, please send a 250-word proposal, brief bio, and A/V requirements to John Bird, Winthrop University, at


CFP: MLA 2017 (deadline past)

The American Humor Studies Association is seeking papers on any aspect of humor studies for the 2017 MLA convention in Philadelphia. Special consideration will be given to papers that connect to the conference theme (see below). Send 250 word abstract and CV to Tracy Wuster by March 27. Participants will need to become MLA members by April 7. Please write with any questions:

We are also looking for someone interested in being the chair for a panel.

The 2017 MLA Annual Convention will be held in Philadelphia from 5 to 8 January. The presidential theme for the convention is Boundary Conditions.


I wanted to pass along this opportunity to The American Humor Studies Association for its humor enthusiasts and scholars to submit a paper using the following guidelines:

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking papers on the topic of humor in popular culture for its annual conference, which will be held on Friday and Saturday October 21-22, 2016 on the campus of Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. 


NEPCA papers are generally 15-20 minutes in length, and the organization strongly encourages creative delivery of papers, though they can also be read.  The deadline for applications is June 15, 2016. Please send a 1-2 page paper proposal and a one-page vita to both Humor Program Chair, Virginia Freed and to Conference Chair, Karen Honeycutt


NEPCA entertains both single paper and entire panel proposals. All aspects of humor will be considered, the only restriction being that NEPCA is a scholarly organization and accepts only original works (fiction, poetry, film, memoir) if they are framed within a broader analytical perspective.


I hope some of the members will be intrigued and submit proposals.
Thank you for your help,
Ginna Freed


American Literature Association

27th Annual Conference

May 26-29, 2016

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

5 Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA

Conference Director:

Alfred Bendixen, Princeton University

Conference Fee: For those who pre-register before April 15, 2016: $90($60 for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty).After April 15, the fees are $100 and $75.


American Humor Studies Association

Call for Papers

The AHSA plans to sponsor three sessions at the 2016 national meeting. We seek cogent, provocative, well-researched papers on the following subjects:

  1. “Sketch Comedy: from Minstrel Shows and Vaudeville to Radio, TV, and New Media Forms.” Abstracts (300 words maximum) are encouraged on the form of the comic sketch in a variety of periods. Papers on comic sketches or artists within a specific era/format as well as comparative and historical perspectives are welcomed.
  2. Humorists as Organic Intellectuals.” Abstracts (300 words maximum) are requested using Antonio Gramsci’s concept as a heuristic to explore the ways in which comic forms function as a public square for the truth-telling antics of humorists on issues of the day, social as well as political. How do humorists speak for and/or criticize their audiences as well as provide mass entertainment?

Please e-mail abstracts no later than January 10, 2016 to Jim Caron (

with the subject line: “AHSA session, 2016 ALA.” Notifications will go out no later than January 20, 2016.

  1. “Humor and Children’s Literature”—Abstracts (300 words maximum) are encouraged on subjects addressing any aspect of humor in relation to children’s literature by an American author. Panel sponsored by the American Humor Studies Association and the Children’s Literature Society.

Please e-mail abstracts no later than January 10, 2016 to Jim Caron (, Dorothy Clark (, and Linda Salem ( with the subject line: “AHSA/CLS session, 2016 ALA.” Notifications will go out no later than January 20, 2016.

The American Literature Association’s 27th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on May 26-29, 2016 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2016. For further information, please consult the ALA conference website at or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen at with specific questions.


CFP: Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers, edited volume, Palgrave Macmillan

Send abstracts (250-500 words) and brief c.v. by Feb. 1st to editor,


HUMOSEXUALLY SPEAKING Laughter and the Intersections of Gender Giuseppe Balirano and Delia Chiaro (Eds.) Humour can be a very dangerous activity, especially if laughter works at downplaying minority groups. People will generally laugh at anything despite the fact that somebody – or some specific groups – may be insulted by being the butt of a joke. The biased image which tends to pass through humour construes LGBTI people within negative representations, encompassing illness and death, but also depicting them as sex maniacs or perverts. Through humour, these features are often taken for granted by the whole of society, constituting the origin of prejudices which are commonly based upon the rejection of the targeted group. The repetition of the very same biased representation can lead to the formation of accepted discourses in various societies bringing jaundiced ideological representations to the status of semiosis, therefore no longer visible as negative or exclusionary ideologies. Focusing on the social function of humour in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities in postcolonial settings, we wish to posit that humour also has the power to constantly strengthen and re-interpret the social, cultural and legal exclusion of some fully-fledged members of society. Homosexuality in humorous discourses is a very hot topic. However, there has been very little systematic investigation into the relationship between humour and LGBTI people, and in particular, there is no consistent research about the issue in postcolonial contexts. We invite original contributions on theoretical reflections, as well as analytical exploration into the language of jokes, stand-up comedians, internet blogs, films, TV series and other written and/or audiovisual materials connected with the themes identified and produced in English speaking countries. Intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches are most welcome. For submissions and queries please write to us at Deadline for abstract proposals (300 words and short bio): 30 January 2016. Articles will be due on 31 March 2016. For submission guidelines and further info please check our submissions page.


Please find the CFP below for a planned edited collection on stand-up comedians as public intellectuals. Jared and I welcome inquiries, and feel free to circulate among those you believe would be interested. Palgrave Macmillan has expressed enthusiasm for the project and hopes it will fit in their forthcoming Humor Studies series.
Please also note that one of the goals of this collection is to turn critical attention to more recent and less studied stand-ups, though Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Phyllis Diller, and Joan Rivers obviously remained active throughout the period in question.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Best wishes,
CFP: American Stand-up Comedians as Public Intellectuals (1/15/16)
Taking a Stand: American Stand-up Comedians as Public Intellectuals
Editors: Jared Champion (Young Harris College) and Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)
This past May, The Atlantic ran an article by Megan Garber titled, “How Comedians Became Public Intellectuals,” that echoed the familiar scholarly conclusion that stand-up comedy is, at its core, cultural criticism. Garber argues that Amy Schumer’s comedy, like that of many comedians, is “making a point about inclusion and exclusion, about the individuality of experience, about the often flawed way we think about ourselves as a collective.” Here, Garber situates standup comedians, namely Amy Schumer, in a long line of humorists-as-cultural-critics that includes Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, for example.
As recent books by scholars Bambi Haggins, John Limon, and Rebecca Krefting have ably shown, American standup comedy has always been a site of intellectual engagement, serving as a popular resistance to charges of American anti-intellectualism. As such, we are hoping to gather essays for a collection that contributes to the analysis of the standup comedian-as-public intellectual since roughly 1980. More than just cultural critics, we want to explore standup comedians as contributors to public discourse via their live performances, podcasts, social media presence, and/or activism. Each chapter will highlight a stand-up comedian and her/his ongoing discussion of a cultural issue or expression of a political ideology/standpoint, such as Amy Schumer and feminism, Jerry Seinfeld and political correctness, Louis C.K. and white privilege, and Dennis Miller and conservatism.
We seek proposals of 300-500 words and have tentatively assigned chapters on Louis C.K., Maria Bamford, Jerry Seinfeld, and Marc Maron. We welcome proposals for additional chapters on standup comedians from a diverse range of backgrounds and contexts. Possible subjects may include Aziz Ansari, Sandra Bernhard, Mike Birbiglia, Lewis Black, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, Margaret Cho, Kate Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Delaney, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Greg Giraldo, Kevin Hart, Mitch Hedberg, Bill Hicks, Gabriel Iglesias, Anjelah Johnson, Lisa Lampanelli, Larry the Cable Guy, John Leguizamo, George Lopez, Bernie Mac, Mo’Nique, Eddie Murphy, Tig Notaro, Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Peretti, Dat Phan, Paula Poundstone, Chris Rock, Rita Rudner, Kristen Schaal, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes, Reggie Watts, Katt Williams, Ron White, Steven Wright, among others. We seek contributions from a range of disciplines, but request the chapters be written in a clear, accessible manner for both academic and popular audiences. Chapters should be 5,000-6,000 words long with a June 1, 2016 delivery date. Selected contributors must commit to revise by September 1, 2016, in the hopes of 2017 publication date. Palgrave Macmillan has expressed early interest.
Please send abstracts to Jared and Pete at by January 1, 2016.
Inquiries welcome.



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




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  Please address essay submissions and inquiries to Judith Yaross Lee, Editor of Studies in American Humor, at

Please address books for review and interest in serving as a reviewer to

Tracy Wuster, Book Review Editor, at


Humor: The International Journal of Humor Research

Instructions for Authors

Contributors are invited to submit articles pertaining to humor research to the editor

Giselinde Kuipers
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Amsterdam
OZ Achterburgwal 185
1012DK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

See website for more information.


Comedy Studies

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


See this page for expired announcements.

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