CFP: [General] Humor Conference

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Nathan Shepley
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Call for Papers


The Ohio University English Department invites scholars, writers, and
instructors in English Studies to submit individual or panel abstracts for
presentations at our third biennial conference on humor, to be held
Saturday, October 4, 2008 on Ohio University's campus in Athens, Ohio. 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)

Keynote Speaker: Poet George Bilgere, John Carroll University. Dr.
Bilgere's poetry has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Best American
Poetry, and elsewhere. He has also published four books of poetry: Haywire
(2006), The Good Kiss (2002), Big Bang (1999), and The Going (1995).

Presentations should last approximately fifteen minutes. We encourage
presentations from faculty and from graduate students.

This conference is hosted by the PhD students in rhetoric and composition,
literature, and creative writing at Ohio University.

Abstract Deadline: July 10, 2008
Send contact information and a 250-word abstract to:
Ohio University
English Department
360 Ellis Hall
Conference Box A
Athens, OH 45701

Submit electronically
c/o Nathan Shepley

Conference Registration: $25.00 (check payable to the Ohio University
English Department)
Includes a copy of Quarter after Eight: A Journal of Experimental Prose and

For more information and updates, contact Megan Lobsinger
( or Brian Elliott (, conference
coordinators. Or visit the conference website:

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