Communities of Laughter: Comedy and the Making of the Nation


Location: University of Notre Dame in England

Communities of Laughter

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Keynote speaker: 
Brett Mills, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia

We live, we are told, in a transnational, globalized, ever-shrinking world. The international flows of media, they say, render boundaries permeable, and people see themselves as citizens of the world. But some things remain stubbornly national, and comedy in particular persists in being wedded to ideas of the nation, as both evidence of, and a contributor to, how nations make sense of themselves and others.

Brett Mills explores how nations define themselves by their sense of humor through analysis of television comedy which fulfils a role in enabling nations to imagine themselves. Read the full abstract.

The National Cultures of English-Language Television Comedy Symposium

Brett Mills’ lecture launches the National Cultures of English-Language Television Comedy Symposium, taking place at the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway on November 16-17, 2017.

The Symposium is made possible by generous funding and sponsorship from Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European StudiesInstitute for Scholarship in the Liberal ArtsCollege of Arts and Letters, and Department of Film, Television, and Theater.

For more detail, please contact Dr. Christine Becker (Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theater).


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