Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Workshop

Towards a Media Aesthetics of Humour

Date: 6 - 8 July 2017

Convenors: Susanne Kaul (Münster, GER), Tom Kindt (Fribourg, SUI)

The history of comical theories has paid little attention to the media specifics of the comical so far. Literary and cultural studies focused mainly on genre specificities, such as literary comedy, on cultural dependencies, or on special areas of comedy like black humor or comedy and Holocaust. It is true, the medium of film has been studied broadly – but without the key question about the difference between (audio-)visual and linguistic humor. Traditional comedy theories (Incongruity Theory, Superiority Theory, Relief Theory etc.) are primarily focused on language resp. texts, or on social, psychological or philosophical implications of comedy. However, there are specific visual or auditory or performative aspects of the comical. The aim of this working group is to compare and systematically record the specific humor of audiovisual media in an interdisciplinary dialogue between Literary Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy and Media Studies (theater, music, film, comic, comedy).

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