At this workshop, eight speakers from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds will deliver short presentations on what they consider the most pressing questions and challenges for future research on mental health and comedy, especially stand-up comedy. The event is designed to stimulate further research into comedy and mental health by identify new research topics, exchanging methodological strategies and explore interdisciplinary and collaborative research. All welcome.
- Dr Dieter Declercq, Assistant Lecturer in Film and Media, University of Kent
- Dr Matt Hargrave, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts, University of Northumbria
- Caitlin Hogan, Stand-up Comedian, Ohio University
- Dr Sharon Lockyer, Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Communications, University of Brunel
- Prof Mary Luckhurst, Head of School of Arts, University of Bristol
- Dr Shaun May, Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of Kent
- Lynne Parker, CEO Funny Women
- Dr Nicola Streeten, Illustrator and Graphic Novelist
13:00-14:30: Session 1
- Dr Dieter Declercq: "Comedy, Humour and Mental Health. An Attempted Overview and Some New Directions."
- Dr Sharon Lockyer: "Notes on Future Research Directions in Stand-up Comedy and Mental Health."
- Dr Shaun May: "Taking of the Mask and Laughing: Autistic Humour, Passing and Mental Health."
15:00-16:30: Session 2
- Dr Nicola Streeten: "When Is It OK to Laugh at Comics and Cartoons About Mental Health Issues?"
- Prof Mary Luckhurst: "Women Stand-Ups, Self-Denigrating Comedy and Mental Wellbeing."
- Cait Hogan: "Working Through Trauma in Dark Comedy without Self-Degradation."
17:00-18:00: Session 3
- Lynne Parker: "Has the Growth of Stand-Up Comedy Contributed to Greater Awareness of Mental Health Issues?"
- Dr Matt Hargrave: "The Use of Comic Persona in Stand-Up Comedy and Mental Health."
Please email Dr Dieter Declercq by 20 April to register.
Aphra and Lumley Building,
University of Kent,
DetailsOpen to all,
Contact: Dr Dieter Declercq