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CFP: 9th Inter-Format Symposium On the Fluidity of Humour and Absurdity

Deadline March 15, 2019

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This symposium brings together around 50 artists, practitioners, and researchers who explore, as well as question, the role and critical potential of comedy, humour, and the purpose of the absurd within contemporary art and related theories.

The Symposium will reflect on how we employ humour as a medium to ponder social, ecological, (cultural)-political complexities as well as the absurd situations they generate. It seeks to analyse humour and its various mechanisms, their ability to transform perception of ‘reality,’ break down stereotypes, challenge taboo subjects, and mainstream assumptions. It is going to test humour as a tool to raise and discuss sensitive issues regarding race, gender, class structure, ethnicity, sexuality, violence, and personal identity.