MLA 2023: Comedy, Capitalism, and Hope

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
American Humor Studies Association and the Screen Arts and Culture Committee

How can critical comedy studies of popular and/or experimental media help us revive political theories of hope amid material conditions characterized by climate apocalypse, obscene inequality, and rising authoritarianism? We invite a range of approaches.

Please send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio to Sam Chesters at and Maggie Hennefeld at