DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Following our inaugural comedy conference earlier this year, we are pleased to announce Playing for Laughs 2009, a one-day symposium on comedy and performance.
Playing for Laughs 2009 will be framed by arguments of ownership and permission. In addressing what and how things make us laugh we inevitably have to question our 'right' to laugh when the lines between taste and decency, humour and offence are blurred by arguments of context and experience. Is it enough, still, to say 'it's only a joke'?
Panels of papers will be based on the following topics and issues: gender; race and ethnicity; religion; geography and class; disability; sexuality; age.
We invite papers for these panels that address comedy in performance, from stand-up to music hall, from play-writing to sketch shows, from slapstick to satire, that address issues of morality, ethical responsibility, comic frames and the boundaries and limits of humour.
Proposals (of no more than 250 words) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 December 2008. Informal enquiries or expressions of interest can also be sent to the conference convenors.
Roger Clegg (email@example.com) and Tracy Cruickshank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This symposium is hosted in association with Leicester Comedy Festival, 6th-15th February 2009 (www.comedy-festival.co.uk <http://www.comedy-festival.co.uk/> )