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[ecrea] Call for papers: Comedy on stage & page: satirical cartoons & stand-up

Mon Jul 06 11:31:38 GMT 2015

*Comedy on stage & page: satirical cartoons & stand-up*

*University of Kent, Canterbury, 14-15 January 2016*

*We are pleased to announce a two-day conference to celebrate the
British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and the British Cartoon Archive, both
based at the University of Kent. We aim to bring together scholars,
archivists, comedians, cartoonists and others who have donated materials
to our archives.***

By its nature, stand-up is an ephemeral performance genre, built on the
idea of liveness. Unlike play texts, which can be published and studied
and revived years after the initial production, stand-up comedy exists
in the moment, and can easily be forgotten once the performance ends.
The British Stand-Up Comedy Archive
collects what is left behind after the performance is finished including
unpublished recordings (audio or video, in any format), set lists,
scripts, publicity materials (e.g. posters, flyers, photos), booking
diaries, con-tracts, and more unusual ephemera (e.g. props, costume
items, etc.).

The British Cartoon Archive ( exists to
encourage and facilitate the study of cartoons and caricatures published
in the United Kingdom. Since 1973, the Cartoon Archive has built up a
unique collection of over 140,000 pieces of cartoon artwork supported by
a reference library of newspaper cuttings, books, catalogues and
magazines, and it is widely used by researchers, authors, teachers, the
media and students.

We invite papers which explore such issues as:

·Public persona and comic identity

·Comic timing and delivery

·Relationship with readers and audiences

·Visual and verbal references

·Joke structure

·Control, censorship & the boundaries of taste

·Politics & satire

·Stereotypes and symbols

·Humour as a career

Papers might explore one or more of these issues in relation to stand-up
comedy, or in relation to cartoons, but we would also be interested in
papers which explore them in relation to both stand-up and cartoons.
Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by *5pm, Friday 2nd October
2015* to: *(standup /at/ <mailto:(standup /at/>***
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