The 2013 conference, entitled “Good Laugh Bad Laugh Ugly Laugh My Laugh,” focused on the different conceptions and uses of humour in various cultures and time periods. We explored how humour, namely satire, irony, parody, and just plain mockery, has been used as effective (or ineffective) social critiques.

Conference organizers: Jaime Brenes Reyes, Aurie Zeran, and Jaime Ontiveros.


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Friday, March 1st
10:00 AM

Crónicas de un nómada: el humor como estrategia del recuerdo

Ana Chiarelli, The University of Western Ontario

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

2:00 PM

Georges Bataille, Philosopher of Laughter

Troy M. Bordun, Trent University

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

3:00 PM

Turkish Shadow Puppetry and the Carnivalesque

Anna (Raff) Miller, New York University

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Saturday, March 2nd
9:00 AM

Homage in Blue: General Idea's 'Shut the Fuck Up'

Julia G. Polyck-O'Neill Ms, Brock University

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

9:40 AM

Laughing it Over Inside-out: How Comedy Casts Its Spell in Aristophanes' Lysistrata

Sarbani Banerjee, Western University

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

11:00 AM

Class Movements in the New South Africa: Post-Colonial Politics, Neocolonialism, and Mimicry in Pieter-Dirk Uys’s MacBeki A Farce to be Reckoned With

J. Coplen Rose, Wilfrid Laurier University

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

"Words, words, words": The Idea of the Absurd as Method in Hamlet.

Anthony Faber, University of Montreal

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

2:20 PM

"Duchamping in Game Making": An Analysis of Pippin Barr's Parodic Computer Games

Devin A. Wilson, University at Buffalo

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Sunday, March 3rd
9:45 AM

Pasolini's Laugh: Joyful Ignorance in The Decameron

Andrea Privitera, Western University

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

11:15 AM

Infanticide and the Anxious Silence of “Language as Such”

Kevin Godbout, Western University

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM