Feminism and Controversial Humour Symposium
Concordia University, SGW Downtown Campus
March 9-10, 2017
Humour scholarship by Dr. Rebecca Krefting and Dr. Anca Parvulescu
Conversations about controversial jokes
Plus a feminist comedy show
Since April 2016 Concordia’s working group on Feminism and Controversial Humour has been meeting to talk about humour that addresses race, sexual assault, abortion, and disability—operating under the premise that feminists may be particularly well positioned to understand not only the costs but also the benefits of joking about structural inequities, including their most violent and traumatic manifestations. Our upcoming symposium extends and opens up this conversation. We launch with a comedy show on Thursday, March 9th then continue on Friday, March 10th with talks by two American feminist humour scholars, a Q & A with a co-producer of the Rape is Real… and Everywhere stand-up tour, as well as a panel on controversial jokes by Mike Ward, Ali Hussein, and on the Netflix comedy-drama BoJack Horseman.
Sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, the English Department, Writers Read, Irish Studies, and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies, the symposium is free and open to the public. Spaced is limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register by Wednesday, March 1st.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
7.00PM – 9.00PM hysterical: A Comedy Show
Feminist comics talk about identity, abortion, sexual assault—and all the issues affecting their lives. Hosted by Emma Cooper, with Shirley Whalen, Rush Kazi, Kirsten Finch, and featuring Natalie Willett.
Upstairs at McKibbin’s Irish Pub
Doors open at 6.30PM
Suggested donations of $5 to be shared by the performers and the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal
Friday, March 10, 2017
All events take place in:
Hall Building, 10th floor
Department of Irish Studies
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd West
9.45AM – 10.00AM Opening remarks: Towards a humour positive feminism
Dr Danielle Bobker (English)
10.00AM - 11.15AM Public talk: All Joking Aside: American Humor and Its Discontents
Dr Rebecca Krefting (American Studies, Skidmore College) reflects on her recent book about the value of stand-up comedy to social justice movements. Introduced by Dr Emer O’Toole (Irish Studies & Theatre).
11.30AM - 11.45PM Coffee break
11.45PM – 1.00PM Panel discussion: Rape is Real… and Everywhere
We’ll watch part of Heather Ross’s set for the Rape is Real cross-Canada tour in which comedians who have survived sexual assault joked about their experiences. Co-producer, Emma Cooper, will be joined by Robyn Flynn and Natalie Willett, two comedians who appeared in the Montreal show, for a conversation about what RIRE accomplished and why it was so successful. Moderated by Dr Danielle Bobker (English).
1.00PM - 2.30PM Lunch
2.30PM - 3.45PM Panel discussion: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
What do we mean when we label a joke as offensive? Dr Gada Mahrouse (Simone de Beauvoir Institute) will host a round table discussion on controversial jokes about disability, religion, and abortion by Mike Ward, Ali Hassan, and featured on BoJack Horseman.
3.45PM – 4.00PM Coffee break
4.00PM – 5.15PM Public talk: Laughter: Notes on a Passion
Dr Anca Parvulescu (Comparative Literature, Washington) reflects on her 2010 book about the modern prohibition on laughter. Introduced by Dr Susan Cahill (Irish Studies).
All events are free and open to the public but space is limited. To register or request more information, write to email@example.com. Please provide your name and, if applicable, your Concordia affiliation.