Why do we laugh at things that appall us?
In our increasingly fraught world we know that jokes about distressing situations arise and are popular in such situations themselves. We also know that in-group gallows humor can be appropriated and used by others whose intention is to offend, but who deflect criticism by saying they are being ironic or “just kidding”. Can we think about humor like this in ways that see it as something other than, or more than, the generally agreed-upon ways of considering humor: as an expression of superiority, the release of nervous energy, or the perception of incongruity? Does the hilarity of the awful offer us any special perspective on engagement with other human beings, and the world?
The symposium takes place in Uppsala on October 31, 2017, 10:45 am–7 pm, in the University Main Building, room IV.
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