Laughing Matters is organized around two questions:
(1) What are the political possibilities of humour?
(2) How might ethnographers engage humour—including satire, farce and parody– as practices of imaginative ethnography, theoretical inspiration, research methodology, and political critique?
Laughing Matters invites you to explore humour as a form of imaginative ethnographic practice, to consider “jokers”, “court jesters”, “clowns”, or “tricksters” as potential characters/voices/roles that ethnographers might enact, to reflect on our own working lives as ethnographers, to explore humour as a mode of criticism, a theoretical and methodological intervention, a mode of ethnographic representation, a practice of critical reflexivity, agency and action. Possible subjects include ethnographic experiences, fieldwork “moments”, social theories and practices, student and faculty life within and without universities, imagined sites, and sites of imagination.