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May 29, 2012

CFP: Comedy and Satire as Discourses of Protest in East Asia

Call for Papers: Comedy and Satire as Discourses of Protest in East Asia (August 16-17, Louisville, KY)

Center for Asian Democracy Annual Workshop
University of Louisville, August 16-17, 2012

This year’s workshop seeks to examine the relationship between political protest and comedy in East Asia. In particular we are interested in the ways in which comedy has and is being used to critique and parody authoritarianism, corruption and political leadership. Recognizing that in the West comedy and satire have a long tradition of not just speaking truth to power but also as a powerful tool of public criticism, this workshop aims to analyze the role of comedy in East Asia. Is it analogous to the role it plays in the West? Are there unique forms of comedy and protest?
Are there cultural obstacles to parody and satire?

The Center for Asian Democracy invites and encourages participants from a broad range of disciplines to the workshop to explore a feature of Asian politics and society that receives comparably limited attention. Possible areas of investigation include, but are not restricted to: comedy/satire/farce in music, film and TV; in contemporary literature; in cartoons and comics; online forms of comedic protest and satire; culture and comedy – specific or transcultural.

Please send abstracts (300 words) and a short bio to: amanda.leduke@louisville.edu. The deadline for proposals is May 30, 2012.
CAD will provide travel and accommodations to the participants selected to take part in the event.

For more information on CAD, or the workshop, visit: http://louisville.edu/asiandemocracy

Posted by katemw at May 29, 2012 08:57 AM


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