"A joke is a very serious thing." – Winston Churchill
Laughter can be a powerful weapon. It can be a tool of resistance, an assertion of superiority, or an outlet for relief. It can establish (or strengthen) a sense of community, or it can set an individual apart. This panel seeks to examine the use of humor in the context of empire. How do texts leverage these and other capacities of laughter to contest, undermine, create, or celebrate? We welcome papers addressing the intersections of laughter and imperial or post-colonial power in all geographic and historical contexts.