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 register in advance by Wednesday, March 1st.
Feminism and Controversial Humour Symposium: Comedy Show & Public Talks
March 9-10, 2017
Please register in advance. The event is free of charge but space is limited!
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hysterical: A Comedy Show
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
McKibbin’s Irish Pub (Upstairs)
1426 Bishop St.
Montreal QC H3G 2E6
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.
Suggested donations of $5 to be shared by the performers and the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.
Feminism and Controversial Humour Public Talks
Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
All panels, lectures and presentations take place in:
Hall Building, 10th floor
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd West
Sir George Williams Campus
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening remarks: Towards a humour positive feminism
Dr Danielle Bobker (English)
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 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).
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Coffee break
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 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).
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 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.
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coffee break
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 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).