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Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?

K4U.12 King's Building Strand Campus
03 (09:00) - 04/07/2017 (18:00)
Professor Edith Hall
Aristophanes Frogs at Monmouth School 1909

Aristophanic Laughter: How Was/Is Old Comedy Funny?

A two-day symposium to be held at King's College London on July 3rd-4th 2017.

Convenor: Edith Hall with the help of Peter Swallow


Theoretical analyses of the mechanics of eliciting laughter in historically specific audiences of Old Comedy--audiences ancient or modern, western or global-village, masculine, feminine or gender-fluid--remain under-evolved. Our speakers address this question from the perspectives of Neuroscience, Psychology, Anthropology, Comparative Linguistics, Philosophy, Literary Theory and Performance.

Please register here:

16 bursaries are available for students and low income. Please apply directly to Edith Hall:

Confirmed Speakers

Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway)

Natalia Tsoumbra (Glasgow)

Dimitrios Kanellakis (Oxford)

Athina Papachrysostomou (Patras)

Francesco Morosi (Pisa)

Pierre Destrée (Louvain)

David Bullen (Royal Holloway)

Magdalena Zira (KCL)

Mario Telo (Berkeley)

Ian Ruffell (Glasgow)

Ralph Rosen (UPenn)

Rosie Wyles (Kent)

Adam Lecznar (Bristol/UCL)

Craig Jendza (Kansas)

Michael Silk (KCL)

Ben Cartlidge (Oxford)

Maria Gerolemou (University of Cyprus)

Pavlos Sfyroeras (Middlebury, Vermont)

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