Amongst others, following questions are of interest:
How can various disciplines contribute to a systematization of different styles and genres of humour?
- What can we learn from a performative lens on humour?
- How can political humour be investigated from an aesthetic perspective in performance and popular culture?
- How is humour connected to the debate about emotions in political communication and how can humour cause emotions?
- What can be said about the role of satirists and comedians in politics?
- How can humour be integrated in theoretical concepts like carnival, populism, authoritarianism, liberalism?
- How is humour used by the powerful in politics, society and various forms of organizations as a form of defence/insulation against criticism?
- How does humour contribute to uncertainty and the (de-)legitimation of (political) ideas?
- How can the recently successful figure of be tricksters and clownish figures connected to legitimacy?
- How is humour related to fake news, post-truth, attention and shareability?
- How does humour work in times of crisis? Does political humour decrease or increase uncertainty and ontological security?
- What does humour do in times of uncertainty and autocratization and how does it function in debates?
- How can the changing landscape of humour in the public sphere be transferred to fields like conflict resolution, tolerance, feminism, anti-racism and migration?
The project is interdisciplinary and we hope to address scholars who explore questions regarding the politics and constitution of humour form various disciplines such as political science, sociology, linguistics, literature theory, visual anthropology as well as film studies, media studies and visual culture. The end result should be a Special Issue in a leading international peer review journal.