CFP Studies in American Humor – Special Issue on Native American Humor
In Custer Died for Your Sins, Vine Deloria stated that, “One of the best ways to understand a people is to know what makes them laugh. Laughter encompasses the limits of the soul. In humor life is redefined and accepted. Irony and satire provide much keener insights into a group’s collective psyche and values than do years of research.” In a North American context, the notion of cultural exchange and understanding through humor appears somewhat unilateral in that settler forms of humor often erase indigenous existence and refuse native sovereignty. At the same time, indigenous forms of humor often expose and critique the oppressive, colonialist logic of this humor as acts of sovereignty reclaiming power over (self-)representations.
Thus, rather than viewing humor as mere entertainment, this special issue seeks to examine the complex ways in which humor critiques, interacts with, and produces power; functions as a means of oppression or subversion; destabilizes a dominant narrative or gives rise to a counter-narrative; or behaves differently when performed in a sacred or profane text. Some of the questions to consider are: What is the purpose and function of humor and laughter? How is Native American humor culturally specific? How does Native American humor inform or perform identity? How is Native American humor communicated and what is lost in translation? How can humor be oppressive or subversive? By what means is humor produced? What different effects might different forms (visual, verbal, oral, written, musical etc.) of humor produce?
To open up possibilities for interdisciplinary discussion, the editors welcome research from a variety of fields, including but not limited to literature, religion, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, history, archeology, museology, gender/queer studies, popular culture, art and media studies. Please note that our journal’s charge is the study of humor, so any disciplinary investigation must also include an emphasis on humor. We are also open to proposals for original creative works of Native American humor.
We invite proposals that address Native American humor through one or more of these topics:
* Language/rhetoric of humor * Satire, sarcasm, and irony
* Humor as weapon, critique, and/or healing * Tricksters
* Formal representations: * Performance: stand-up;
visual art; literature; theater; music sketch comedy
* Popular culture: cartoons; new media * Humor in/and politics
* Humor in/and society and/or social movements * Tragedy and trauma; the tragicomic
* Humor and sexuality * Laughter v. the lack of humor
* Hollywood misrepresentations and
other cultural stereotypes
Please submit proposals (500-1000 words) to StudiesinAmericanHumor@roosevelt.edu no later than March 1, 2019. Those whose proposals are selected will submit essays (6000-8000 words) by September 1, 2019. Please direct any questions to Marianne Kongerslev, guest co-editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Larry Howe, co-editor (email@example.com).
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
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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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