Laughter

Laughter

Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

March 8-10, 2013

With generous support from: The Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley Student Opportunities Fund, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of Film & Media, Department of German, Department of Philosophy, Program in Medieval Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Official Conference Poster

Friday, March 8

5:00-6:30pm    Welcome Reception                                        5337 Dwinelle

  • Remarks: Conference Organizers

6:30-8:00pm    Film Screening: Loriot (Selections)                 142 Dwinelle

  • Introduction: Jacob Johnson (UC Berkeley)
  • Presentation: Es darf gelacht werden. Dagmar Theison (UC Berkeley)

Saturday, March 9                                                                370 Dwinelle

10:30a-12:00p Ethics of Laughter 

  • Moderator: Seth Elliott Meyer (UC Berkeley)
  • Mythisches Lachen und “Fröhliche Philosophie.” ‘Frau Nu lacht’ in Günther Anders’ Erzählung “Kosmologische Humoreske.” Almut Nickel (Universität Kassel)
  • Cheerful Pedagogy: Fourier, Jean Paul, and Benjamin’s Anthropological Materialism. Dennis Johannssen (Brown University)
  • Humor, Wit, Jokes, and the Question of Nationality in Jean Paul’s Vorschule der Ästhetik. Todd Cesaratto (Miami University of Ohio)

2:00-4:00pm    Subversive Laughter?

  • Moderator: Sebastian Haselbeck (UC Berkeley)
  • Diegetic Laughter in Fritz Lang’s M. Claire Amanda Ross (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Vom Krieg ins Kabarett? Zum Kipp-Phänomen des Lachens in Irmgard Keuns Roman Ferdinand, der Mann mit dem freundlichen Herzen. Wiebke Schuldt (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • “[…] und der Himmel müsse bersten, und die Erde müsse sich wälzen vor Lachen.” Zum politischen Sinn des Lachens in Georg Büchners dramatischen Werken. Olivetta Gentilin (Verona University)
  • Kafka’s Laughter and the Kafkaesque. Michael Huffmaster (Bowdoin College)

4:30-6:00pm    Keynote Lecture: Kafka’s Laughter

  • Professor Anca Parvulescu (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Introduction: Alexander Lambrow (UC Berkeley)

Sunday, March 10                                                                 370 Dwinelle

9:30-11:00am  Caricatures and Masks

  • Moderator: Erik Born (UC Berkeley)
  • Rhetorisch-poetische Praxis im 16. Jahrhundert. Federführende Darstellungen von renaissance-humanistischer Gelehrtendichtung nach höfisch-soziokulturellem Vorbild in deutschsprachiger Tradierung. Maria Schnell (Universität Salzburg)
  • Masking Laughter in Marianne Ehrmann’s Amalie: eine wahre Geschichte in Briefen. Lena Heilmann (University of Washington)
  • Parodying Werner Herzog. Tara Hottmann (UC Berkeley)

11:30a-1:00p   Parody and Performance 

  • Moderator: Jenna Ingalls (UC Berkeley)
  • Lachstürme im Theater: Topsy, eine “Neger-Soubrette comme il faut”. Frederike Gerstner (Universität Mainz)
  • The Great Dictator? Humorously Subverting the Image of Adolf Hitler in Contemporary German Culture. Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt (Technische Universität Dortmund)
  • Revolutionary Inversions in the Genre of Comedy: Carl Sternheim’s Die Hose versus Steve Martin’s The Underpants. Amila Becirbegovic (University of California, Davis)

1:00pm             Concluding Remarks, Refreshments and Optional Lunch in Berkeley

 

Conference organizers: Jacob Johnson, Alexander Lambrow, Seth Elliott Meyer

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