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The Ohio University English Department hosts its Humor in English Studies Conference on alternating years. The next conference is scheduled for Fall 2010

Call for Papers

We are not currently accepting abstracts. Check back in early 2010.

If you're interested, you should check out some of our previous conferences.

We encourage submissions in pedagogy, creative writing, rhetorical theory, composition, literary studies, critical theory, cultural studies, or linguistics. Grounding all submissions should be an interest in exploring the role(s) of levity in work that gets counted–or might get counted–as “disciplinary.” Submissions might touch on any of the following topics:


  • Humor and classroom practices
  • Play with representation/identity
  • Carnival/Carnivalesque
  • Trickster figures
  • Work, play, and social change
  • Jouissance
  • Comedy as genre
  • The politics of the comedic
  • Really funny jokes (just kidding)
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