Comedy, an Issue

Thursday, December 10 - Friday, December 11

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Comedy is no stranger to suffering; in addition to representing troubles, it seems to get in trouble with more frequency than other aesthetic modes, practices, and attitudes. Why are its pleasures so radically disturbing and its disturbances so full of acid and pleasure, and how do those generic tendencies affect its appearance as aesthetic form? This workshop conference took up law, literature, cinema, TV, stand-up, opera, jokes, and performance media—including a laughing machine. 

Participants included Lauren Berlant, Glenda Carpio, Joshua Clover, Judith Farquhar, Peter Goodrich, Roger Grant, Sianne Ngai, Anca Parvulescu, and David Simon. For the complete schedule of events, please download the flier below.

This workshop conference is in advance of a special edition of Critical Inquiry called Comedy, an Issue. Participants were expected to have read the conference papers in order to be able to discuss them and bring them towards revision.