CFP Humor in the Margins, ASECS 2018

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Call for Papers
September 15, 2017
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

I am seeking short (15 minute) papers/presentations for the following panel:

How did humor circulate among marginalized groups in the eighteenth century?  In his City of Laughter, Vic Gatrell admits, “What women laughed at, how unrestrainedly they laughed, whether they laughed at all, and how many of them laughed, are among the murkiest of our subjects.”  The same may be said for other groups marginalized by the period’s dominant white male culture of humor, including the poor; religious, racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities; the enslaved; the disabled; and those on the colonial periphery.  This panel seeks to shed light on the “murky subject” of how and why humor circulated among minoritized groups in the eighteenth century.  It particularly aims to examine what Simon Dickie calls the “less definable attitudes” and unsettling ambiguities in the cultures of humor at the margins.  Papers will address what marginalized groups laughed at and why, how their laughter circulated, and how this might change our understanding of the culture of humor and its social power.  The panel invites papers that address these questions from a variety of contexts and disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, art history, history, literary studies, philosophy, and theater.

Please email me a paper proposal (approximately 250 words) and your contact information by September 15.

This panel is panel #47 in the ASECS call for papers located at (  ASECS will take place from March 22-25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

Contact Info: 

Yvette Piggush, Department of English, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

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