The Art of Being Human:

Friendship, Humour, Music, and Death

An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday 7th March 2020 – Sunday 8th March 2020
Prague, Czech Republic


Saturday 7th March 2020

08:15 – 08:45 Registration

08:45 – 09:15 Welcome, Opening Words & Expectations: Seán Moran

09:15 – 10:30 Session 1: Humans: Kind, Funny … and Cruel
Chair: Janette E. McDonald

Forgiveness and Goodness: An Intertextual Reading of Shakespeare and Nietzsche
Anthony Barron Carlow College, Ireland

Marginalised: Comparative Depictions of Irish and Muslim Groups in Satirical Caricatures
Eleanor Parkin-Coates

Why are Representations of Leg Amputees Funny?: Considering Newspaper Cartoons of culs-de-jatte in Nineteenth-Century France Alexandra Courtois de Viçose

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Architecture, Humour and Loss
Chair: Elena Nistor

Towards a Humorous Architecture: Revisiting Irony in Learning from Las Vegas
Katerina Zacharopoulou

Kant and Dancing House: The Body, Incongruity, Oscillation, and Why the Building is and is Not Funny
Shawn R. Tucker

The Architecture of Loss: Responding to, and Coping with, Death Through Interdisciplinary Devised Performance in Music, Dance, and Theatre
Noah Lelek, Ilana Morgan, Michael Cleveland, and Long Ho

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3 Friendship and Contemporary Communication
Chair: Anthony Barron

The Spirit of Friendship: From the Buddha through Facebook
Janette E. McDonald

Notes on a Feminist Posthuman Friendship: a Possible Methodology for Academic Encounters
Chiara Montalti

The Third Wheel Theme: Constructing Social and Political Perceptions Through Messages About Friendships and Jealousy in Children’s Global Media Content
Shlomit Feldman

15:30 -16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Life, Death and Coping Chair: Haiyan Lee

Life After Death: Commemorative Perspectives on a Musician’s Death in Ukraine and the USA
Anton Mudrak and Halyna Herasym

Coping with the Stages of Death: a Personal Memoir and Musical Reflection
Dolores Mildred Batten

17:00 – 17:30 End of Day 1: Consolidation, Discussion, Notices

17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Sunday 8th March 2020

8:40 – 10:30 Session 5: Friendship in Literature and in Nature
Chair: Lark McIvor

C. S. Lewis and Ciceronian Friendship
David Summers

A Very Short Genealogy of the Pure Relationship in Chinese Literature
Haiyan Lee

Can You Tell Me? On Knowledge and Friendship in Literature and Research
Claus Emmeche

The Value of Animal Friendships
Kelly Jorgenson, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada Andrea M. Karkowski, Bexley, Ohio, USA

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 6: Inspiration from Expiration
Chair: Anton Mudrak

The Sounds of Silence: The Musical Articulation of Death
Paul Lumsden

Remember Me, in Your Stories and in Your Songs”: Irish Celticism as Cultural Remembrance in Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea
Lark McIvor

‘A modest requiem for Leli’: Playing Music to the Thoughts of a Dying Man
Immanuel Mifsud

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 7: Humour in the Arts and Literature
Chair: Dolores Mildred Batten

‘I am what I am’: Trumpian Rhetoric in Rob Sears’ The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump (2017)
Elena Nistor

What It Means to Be Horse: The Cosmic Horror, and Humour, of Gulliver’s Travels
Matthew Risling

Clumsy Debussy
Benjamin Lassauzet

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Session 8: Comedy Performed
Chair: Shawn R. Tucker

Comedy Collides with the Courtroom
Rachel DiCioccio and Laura E. Little

Finding Alternatives in Liminal Stand-up
Neha Pande

Laughter in Clown Training: Searching in Silences
Klara van Wyk

17:30 – 18:00 Project Development, Closing Thoughts, Photographs and Goodbyes