Appel à contribution : Dark Jokes and Laughing Artists: Early Modern Art and Humor, RSA, Dublin, date limite le 4 août 2021

This panel focuses on humor and art in the years 1450-1670. Humor relies on dialogue: born from the collision and unexpected juxtaposition of people or ideas. For art historians, the question of humour is thus a conundrum. With context obscured by historical distance, how exactly do we recover and understand a humorous tone? Such questions are especially pertinent for objects with darker subjects, where violence coexists alongside potential laughter. How does the ambiguity of humor affect the sharp precision of cruelty? We invite paper proposals centering on material that brings light to these or similar questions. Work on all genres and media, as well as multidisciplinary approaches, are welcome.

Please send the following to Hollie Buttery and Sarah Rosenthal (buttery@fas.harvard.eduscr875@g.harvard.edu) by 4 August:

– paper title (15-word maximum)
– paper abstract (150-word maximum)
– resume (.pdf or .doc upload)
– a short bio
– PhD or other terminal degree completion year (past or expected)
– full name, current affiliation, and email address
– primary RSA discipline

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