Conference Programme

An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Project

including a workshop by Clown Doctor and Fools for Health Founder Professor Bernie Warren

Saturday 9th March 2019 – Sunday 10th March 2019
Prague, Czech Republic


Saturday 9th March 2019

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and Opening Words: Elena Nistor

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1: Theories and Practices of Humour (1)
Chair: Elena Nistor

On Humour and Personal Identity: Existential and Political Implications
Shimon Azulay

The Second City is No. 1: Urban Humour in America
Angela Sleeter

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Humour, Crisis and Resolution
Chair: Benjamin Lassauzet

Humour as an Indigenous Practice in Healing
Vasudha Prakash & Anugrah James

Pain, Humour and Vulgarity: Transgressive Performance in Contemporary Shona Funerary Rituals
Ruth Makumbirofa and Kelvin Chikonzo

Humour and Buddhist Chan Eccentrics in Folkloric Narratives: A Case Study on Venerable Daoji (1130-1207AD) the Living Buddha
Lanlan Kuang

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3 Humour and Resistance (1)
Chair: Cynthia J. Miller

Marching and Laughing Together: Protest Humour at Women’s Marches
Hermínia Sol

“I’m So Angry I Made a Sign”: The Use of Humour in Protest Signs
Aileen L.S. Buslig and Anthony M. Ocaña

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 4: Cinemyths
Chair: Ruth Makumbirofa-Marunza

Some Assembly Required: Do-It-Yourself Undead
Cynthia J. Miller

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease from pain”: Re-Envisioned Little Tramp Impersonations for the 21st Century
Lisa Stein Haven

17:00 – 17:30 End of Opening Day Summary, Cross Panel Discussion, and Consolidation
17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Sunday 10th March 2019

09:30 – 10:30 Session 5: Workshop
Chair: Catrinel Popa

Theatre of the Absurd
Jerzy Igor Biechonski

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 6: Theories and Practices of Humour (II)
Chair: Herminia Sol

Humour in Philosophical Style
Vlad Vexler

Are Musical Experts More Likely to Appreciate Musical Humour?
Benjamin Lassauzet

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 7: Humour in Literature
Chair: Lanlan Kuang

Absurd, Fantastic and Humour in Urmuz’s Bizarre Pages
Catrinel Popa

“The Art of Losing isn’t Hard to Master”: Dark Humor in David Lodge and Emrah Polat
Nazmi Agil

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 8: Humour, Authority, and Resistance (2)
Chair: Angela Sleeter

An Evaluation on 19th Century Turkish Humour Newspapers
Aydan Ener Su

(Sub)Versions of Power and Authority: Shifts in the Cinematic Symbolism of Senate House London in Mosley (1998) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Elena Nistor

17:00 – 17:30 End of Day Summary, Cross Panel Discussion, and Consolidation
17:30 – 18:00 Project Development, Publishing, Planning, Closing Thoughts and Goodbyes