Humour – 1st Global Meeting
July 2 @ 8:00 am - July 4 @ 5:00 pm| £295.00
Call for Participation 2016
Saturday 2nd July – Monday 4th July 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford
This inclusive interdisciplinary event is aimed to explore the mechanisms of humour, its elements of surprise and contradiction that appeal to human nature, circulating sameness and otherness altogether: through the agency of positive disposition, the inside(r) finds external expression, just the same as the outside(r) is incorporated within.
Among the typical human universals, humour is a stratagem of establishing relationships and achieving integration, a method to enter discourse and dialogue. Numerous questions of identity are dealt with humour and its almost instant consequence, laughter, as both codify a mode of self-expression and facilitate human interaction, providing an emotional context for communication and communion. Socially and politically, humour is a strategy employed to approach serious topics, a weapon authorising the exploitation and explosion of exclusive structures. Pointing to the inappropriate codifications of human behaviour, it is intended to undermine prevailing patterns, to expose and challenge stereotypes, to mock clichés.
Mixture of sublime and ridiculous, humour is an entirely subjective experience, decided by personal taste, education and culture, geographical and historical context. Incompatible images, unsuitable circumstances, behavioural inconsistency and last but not least the mastery of language generate a variety of types (verbal/visual/physical, intentional/unintentional, implicit/explicit, real/surreal, etc.) and forms (badinage, banter, clowning, derision, cynicism, farce, flippancy, irony, mockery, parody, raillery, ridicule, sarcasm, sardonicism, satire, scorn, etc.).
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