SAMLA 92: Scandalous Humor/Humorous Scandal (Conference Now Fully Online)

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
American Humor Studies Association
contact email: 

Both perennial elements of a society, scandal is often fodder for humor, and humor fodder for scandal. From their subversion of existing power structures, to issues of critical reception, to objectionable behavior on the part of creators, humorous texts have exposed, caused, and responded to many instances of cultural uproar. This panel will explore the ways that humor and scandal are intimately related. Papers and presentations on any aspect of humor expression are welcome, including but not limited to analysis of stand up or sketch comedy, satire, political cartoons, satirical activism, parody, literature, television, film, or music.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief biographical statement (including academic affiliation and contact information) to Sam Chesters, University of Houston, at by June 15th, 2020.

This panel is an affiliated session with the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference 92, fully online from November 13-15, 2020.