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Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny? - 03-04/07/2017, London (England)





A two-day symposium, "Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?", will be held at King's College London on July 3rd-4th 2017.   Despite all the work of the last few decades on Aristophanic Politics, Paratragedy, Ritual and Stagecraft, theoretical analyses of the mechanics of eliciting laughter in historically specific audiences of Old Comedy--audiences ancient or modern, western or global-village, masculine, feminine or gender-fluid--remain under-evolved. 


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 03-04/07/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGOKing's College, London (England)



INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE:   £15 per person per day Aquí/here/qui

16 bursaries are available for students and low income. Please apply directly to Edith Hall:




Monday 3th July


0930    Registration

0950    Edith Hall and Peter Swallow (KCL)      Welcome

1000    Nick Lowe (RHUL)   Keynote 1: Breaking Humour Theory with Aristophanes.
1040    Natalia Tsoumpra (Glasgow) No laughing matter? The comic potential of madness in Aristophanes.
1120    Coffee
1150    Dimitrios Kanellakis (Oxford)   Παρὰ  προσδοκίαν in the Acharnians
1230    Athina Papachrysostomou (Patras)  “Κλέων καὶ παλαμάσθω” (Ar.  Ach. 659): Surface  and  deep Aristophanic parody
1310    Lunch
1400    Helen Eastman (KCL)   Directing Aristophanes
1440    David Bullen (RHUL)    Adapting Clouds for the 2011 Save Classics Campaign at Royal Holloway
1520    Magdalena Zira (KCL)  Melancholia and laughter in Modern Greek language productions of Aristophanes in the 21st century.
1600    Tea
1630    Francesco Morosi (Pisa)   “Where on earth…?”:  Laughing through Topography
1710    Mario Telò (Berkeley)      Keynote 2:  Mourir de rire: Old Comedy and the Death Drive
1800    Drinks Reception
1900    Speakers’ Dinner

Tuesday 4th July

0930    Ian Ruffell (Glasgow)  Keynote 3: Comedy without the comic: Irony, nonsense & other evasions of humour in Aristophanes
1010    Ralph Rosen (UPenn)  The Satirist as Troll? Sociopathic Strains in Aristophanic Comedy
1050    Coffee
1120    Rosie Wyles (Kent)   What’s Funny about Comic Costume?
1200    Craig Jendza (Kansas) Aristophanic Incongruities
1240    Lunch
1330    Pierre Destrée (Louvain)  Aristotle on the Nature of Aristophanes’ humour
1410    Maria Gerolemou (University of  Cyprus) Laughing against the Machine
1450    Pavlos Sfyroeras (Middlebury College VT) Laughter and Collective Trauma in Aristophanic Comedy
1530    Tea
1600    Adam Lecznar (UCL)   Aristophanes, Philosopher
1640    Michael Silk (KCL)   Keynote 4: Laughter and the Theory of Comedy
1735    Roundtable and Wine for any Survivors



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