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LINGUIST List 18.1049

Sat Apr 07 2007

Confs: Applied Ling,Discourse Analysis,English Lang/Italy

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        1.    Delia Chiaro, Humour, Language, Culture and the Media

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Message 1: Humour, Language, Culture and the Media
Date: 04-Apr-2007
From: Delia Chiaro <delia.chiarounibo.it>
Subject: Humour, Language, Culture and the Media

Humour, Language Culture and the Media
Short Title: HLCM

Date: 24-May-2007 - 26-May-2007
Location: Bertinoro, FC, Italy
Contact: Delia Chiaro
Contact Email: delia.chiarounibo.it
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature;

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Meeting Description:

Humour presents itself in a myriad of ways in all the media: the cinema,
theatre, television, DVD, VHS, newspapers, magazines and more recently, the
World Wide Web. All are huge receptacles of humour, be it voluntary or
involuntary. And today, the subject of humour in the media has become especially
relevant following a series of controversies such as the issue of the Danish
cartoons and the negative reaction of the Vatican following parodies of the Pope
in the Italian media. The aim of this workshop is to explore and examine
different facets of the humour in the media, ranging from theoretical problems,
the issue of global humour and current problems, with particular reference to
whether and, if so, how humour travels and is perceived cross-culturally by


Thursday May 24th 2007

12.00 - 15.00

Registration and welcome buffet.

16.00 - 19.00

Frances Gray,
University of Sheffield, UK.

On being English and embarrassed : British sitcom

Paul Lewis
Boston College, (MA) USA

From Nightmares on Elm Street to Abu Ghraib: Humor and Horror

Sharon Lockyer
Brunel University, UK

'Organs', 'Maths' and 'Canes': Language, Ambiguity and Television Comedy

Giselinde Kuipers
University of Amsterdam, NL

The Cultural Industry of Humor

Friday May 25th 2007

9.30 - 12.30

Workshop I

Frances Gray

Comedy and status

15.00 - 18.00

Workshop II

Paul Lewis

Fake News, Controversial Humor and the Media
Looks at a number of media-driven humor events from the global conflict that
resulted from the distribution of the now-(in)famous Danish cartoons to the
popularity of fake-news comic characters (including Borat, Stephen Colbert, and
Jon Stewart) and Web sites (such as The Onion, ScrappleFace.com, and The White
House.org). The focus will be on recent, even current, eruptions of joke and
antijoke response in the US, including Dave Chappelle's decision not to return
to do a third season for Comedy Central, the racist rant of Michael (Kramer)
Richards in a Los Angeles comedy club, and the debuting of Fox News's comedy
show, ''The ½ Hour News Hour.'' In addition to questions about the social
functions of humor, workshop participants will be encouraged to think about the
role media, especially new media, play as both a subject of and a platform for
these events. In addition to discussing provocative humor, participants will
work in small groups on writing fake-news stories.

Saturday May 26th 2007

9.30 - 12.30

Workshop III

Sharon Lockyer

Approaches to Analysing Television Comedy

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