CFP: [General] The 1st International Conference on Crosscultural Humour - Humour that Divides; Humour that Unites

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Alcina Maria Pereira de Sousa
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Short Title: Humour that Divides; Humour that Unites

Location: University of Madeira, Funchal, Madeira - Portugal
Date: 10th January 2008 - 12th January 2008
Contact: Luisa Paolinelli, Elisete Almeida, Alcina Sousa
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Contact: University of Madeira, Campus da Penteada, 9000-390
Funchal (Madeira), Portugal
Call Deadline:30th October 2007

Meeting Description: The 1st International Conference on
Crosscultural Humour

In the current scientific research paradigm in the European context there
are but a few studies on humour with a focus on crosscultural
differences. On the one hand, and given the globalised outlook of today’s
communication, it is worth questioning the role that humour plays in
bringing people together, as well as creating an international community
of speakers who share a large body of principles, strategies and
practices. On the other hand, the cultural specificities of each country
and region contribute to dividing people, rather than uniting them, in
their enjoyment of humour. Besides, at the level of interpersonal
communication, this dual role of humour also obtains, for instance, in
setting in-groups apart from out-groups. Briefly put, our aims are:

- to broaden the scope of analysis towards an international and
crosscultural focus.

- to analyse the differences and specificities of humour practices within
a local and national dimension.

- to undertake an innovative but enriching dialogue among several
disciplines on the nature and textual representation of humour given the
overlapping/distinctive traditions in the European dimension.

- to foster the cooperation and collaborative research among researchers
and scholars in this multifaceted area of studies;
- to enhance the understanding of individual communities by mapping out
European traditions across periods and territories;
- to promote the intercultural dialogue based on the assumption that the
European sphere is the privileged crisscrossing space for a fruitful
dialogue between traditional and cultural maps, especially reflected on
the perception and understanding of humour;

- to focus on a dual aspect inherent to the study of humour:
entertainment and seriousness.

Domains: Linguistics, Literature, Literary Criticism, Stylistics,
Translation, Culture, History, Anthropology, Visual Arts and Psychology

Subject Language:
Presentation Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and
Preferably Portuguese, English and French.

Registration: 80 Euros until 31 st October 2007.
100 Euros until 30 th November 2007.

Format of Proposals: Anyone interested in presenting a paper related
to this theme is invited to send a proposal to Alcina Sousa
(, University of Madeira, Campus da Penteada, 9000-390
Funchal (Madeira), Portugal, by 30th October 2007.

In addition to the following information, you must provide a title for
your proposal, a summary of up to 250 words. Abstracts should be
submitted as MS Word file attachments.

Paper presentation: papers will be 15 minutes, with 10 minutes for

The Programme Committee reserves the right to refuse any proposal deemed
incomplete or unrelated to the theme.

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The papers will be collected in a volume on the Proceedings of The 1st
International Conference on Crosscultural Humour - “Humour that Divides;
Humour that Unites”

Scientific Committee: Luisa Paolinelli (University of Madeira, Portugal)
Elisete Almeida (University of Madeira, Portugal)
Alcina Sousa (University of Madeira, Portugal)
Daniela Marcheschi (Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi, Collodi, Pistoia,
John McRae (University of Nottingham, UK)
Isabel Ermida (University of Minho, Portugal)

Advisory Board: Rui Carita (University of Madeira, Portugal)
Carlos Assunção (University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)
Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna, Italy)
Paul Simpson (University of Belfast, UK)
Ernesto Gil López (University of La Laguna, Spain)
Sueli Cagneti (University of Joinville, Brazil)

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