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CfP:  Humour in Times of Confrontations, 1901 to the Present (abstract 31 Dec 2021; chapter 31 Aug 2022)

We’d like to invite humanities scholars to contribute to our edited volume, Humour in Times of Confrontations, 1901 to the Present, to be published in 2022/23 by Routledge in the Humour in Literature and Culture series.

This volume seeks to offer a broad understanding of humour in the 20th and 21st centuries by examining how humour emerges as a reaction to and/or against various dramatic conflicts across the period through the new modes of representation and new technologies that have emerged. Some humour is ageless and other humour dies in the moment. This volume stands out by exploring how the new modes and new technologies produce and share humour, and how they can be said to have changed humour in some way. Each chapter will begin with an overview of one of the confrontations below and move on to provide a case study of how that confrontation contributes to the creation, enjoyment, and sharing of humour via different media. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

1.    The WWI
2.    The Great Depression
3.    The WWII
4.    The cold war between the US and the USSR
5.    The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall
6.    The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China
7.    May 68
8.    The Stonewall riots
9.    The age of postmodernism
10.  Asian financial crisis
11.  9/11 attacks
12.  Climate change and global warming
13.  Black Lives Matter
14.  The Me Too movement
15.  The surge of Trumpism and Brexit
16.  The Covid-19 pandemic

By 31 December 2021, please submit an abstract of 400 words max and a brief bio to the editors Prof Shun-liang Chao (, Dr Alvin Dahn (, and Prof Vivienne Westbrook ( Full-length articles of 6000 to 8000 words will be due on 31 August 2022.