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Humor Studies at the American Studies Association Conference 2012

November 13, 2012

Tracy Wuster


The Humor Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association organizes a number of panels each year for the annual American Studies Conference.  This year, we sponsored two panels and a business meeting.  The conference takes place this week in San Juan Puerto Rico, and the humor caucus panels are scheduled for Thursday.  In addition, other great humor based panels are scheduled for Friday and Sunday.  Please check them out if you are at ASA.

ASA 2012

Here are the details:


12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
042. Caucus: Humor Studies:

Race, Resistance, and the Imperial U.S.: Nineteenth-Century Humor in the Classroom (A Roundtable)
Puerto Rico Convention Center 208B

Jennifer Hughes, Young Harris College (GA)

John Lowe, University of Georgia (GA)

Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio University (OH)

Gillian Johns, Oberlin College (OH)

Jennifer Hughes, Young Harris College (GA)


2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
064. Caucus: Humor Studies:

The “Post-Racial” Panopticon? Reflexivity, Race, and Resistance in Comedy
Puerto Rico Convention Center 208B

Lanita Jacobs, University of Southern California (CA)

Mary Beltrán, University of Texas, Austin (TX)
Blacking Up for Laughs: Televisual Blackface and “Post-Racial” Cultural Memory

Kimberly Springer, Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)
“Be Your Own Hater”: Katt Williams, Neoliberal Politics, and Black Comedy

Lanita Jacobs, University of Southern California (CA)

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
087. Business Meeting of the Humor Studies Caucus

Puerto Rico Convention Center 208B


2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
185. Awkward Black Comedy 2.0: A Roundtable Discussion

Puerto Rico Convention Center 204

Danielle Heard, University of California, Davis (CA)

Awkward Black Comedy 2.0 brings together Issa Rae, Elon James White, and Baratunde Thurston, three popular web-based comedians who explore issues of black identity in a distinctly twenty-first-century landscape, into a roundtable discussion with Bambi Haggins, Danielle Heard, and Ralina Joseph, three scholars whose recent scholarship theorizes current modes of African American humor and examines questions of representation, “post” identities, and resistance.


12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
397. Comic Reversals: Tripping on the Domestic Rug and Bringing Down the Imperial House

Puerto Rico Convention Center 102B

Alison Suen, Vanderbilt University (TN)

Julie Willett, Texas Tech University (TX)
Fathering an Ironic Mix: Imperial Spit and the Decline of Neoliberal Testosterone

Cynthia Willett, Emory University (GA)
Occupy Anarchy: Comic Animals, Playful Reversals, and the End of Empire as We Know It?

Kelly Oliver, Vanderbilt University (TN)
From Rosemary’s Baby to Twilight: There is Something Funny about Pregnant Horror

Alison Suen, Vanderbilt University (TN)

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