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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.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: King's College, London (England)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Edith Hall
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: email@example.com.
Monday 3th July
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.
1150 Dimitrios Kanellakis (Oxford) Παρὰ προσδοκίαν in the Acharnians
1230 Athina Papachrysostomou (Patras) “Κλέων καὶ παλαμάσθω” (Ar. Ach. 659): Surface and deep Aristophanic parody
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.
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
1120 Rosie Wyles (Kent) What’s Funny about Comic Costume?
1200 Craig Jendza (Kansas) Aristophanic Incongruities
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
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