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Day One – Monday May 26th

8.30-9.00: Registration and coffee

9.00-10.15: Simon Dickie (Toronto): Everyday Laughter in the Eighteenth Century

Chair: Adam Morton

10.15- 12.00: Panel One: The context(s) of Laughter:

Chair: Steven Zwicker

Adam Morton (Oxford): ‘Social or scurrilous? Ambivalence as weapon in late-seventeenth century English laughter.’

Antonia Szarbari (USC): ‘The Public Square in the Library: Collecting and Collecting Satire’.

Mark Philp (Warwick): ‘Nervous Laughter – Bonaparte in caricature’.

10.15-12.00: Panel Two: Satire & Society

Chair: Mark Knights

David Hitchcock (Canterbury): ‘Satire on the Margins: Vagrancy and the Ambiguity of Social Critique in England, 1660-1750’.

Zoe Gibbons (Princeton): ‘Hobbes the Satirist: De Cive, Leviathan, and the “Abuse of Words”’.

Robert Phiddian (Flinders): ‘Spectacular opposition: Suppression, deflection and the performance of contempt in John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera and Polly’.

Javier Castro-Ibaseta (Wesleyan University): ‘Anti-government Satires and Political Behavior: Seventeenth-century Madrid and London Compared’.

12.00-12.20: Coffee

12.20-13.50: Panel Three: Satire, the theatre and poetry:

Chair: Simon Dickie

Kyna Hamill (Boston): ‘”The Drollery of their Figures”: Jacques Callot and Visual Satire over Time’.

Peter Roberts (Cardiff): ‘”Sheep-skin-weaver’: Ben Jonson in Thomas Dekker’s Satiromastix’.

Heather Ladd (Lethbridge): ‘“Trick’d by the Poet!”: Laughter and Catastrophe in George Farquhar’s Love and a Bottle.’

12.20-13.50: Panel Four: Religion & Laughter

Chair: Adam Morton

Robert Maslen (Glasgow): ‘Laughable Letters in the 1550s: The Image of Idleness’.

Fiona McCall (Portsmouth): ‘”The Devil’s office: loyalist mockery of the interregnum church’.

Howard Weinbrot (Wisconsin): ‘Apocalyptic Satire, Transubstantiation, and the Duty to Resist, 1684-88: Pulpit, Polemics and the Declaration of Indulgence’.

13.50- 15.15: Lunch

15.15-16.45: Panel Five: Laughter between Elite and Popular

Chair: Antonia Szarbari

Kathryn James (Yale): ‘Material wit: Humour as archival object in early modern Britain’.

Sophie Murray (Oxford): ‘Anti-Monastic Satire in the Henrician Reformation’.

15.15-16.45: Panel Six: Europe & Beyond:

Chair: Adam Morton

Elif Kiraz (Edinburgh/ Istanbul): Wit and Morality: Ottoman and English Periodicals Compared.

Angela Ballone (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa): ‘Losing Respect and Gaining Laughter in the Iberian World (c.1600)’.

17.00-18.15: Andrew McRae (Exeter): ‘Farting in the House of Commons: The Place of Popular Humour in Early Stuart Political Discourse’

Chair: Mark Knights.

Day Two – Tuesday May 27th

8.30-10.00: Panel Seven: Laughter – Bawdy & Playful (A)

Chair: Adam Morton

Pauline Mackay (Glasgow): ‘Sex, Laughter and Satire: The Bawdy Burns’

Kate Davison (Sheffield): Intimate bawdiness and gentlemen’s laughter in eighteenth--‐century England’.

Katrina O’Loughlin (Western Australia): ‘Lady Elizabeth Craven: sexual transgression and social satire in the late eighteenth century’.

8.30-10.00: Panel Eight: Satire & Allegory

Chair: Andrew McRae

Yulia Ryzhik (Princeton): ‘Laughter, tears, and Satirical Allegory in Spenser and Donne’.

Csaba Maczelka (Szeged): ‘The Uses of Satire in sixteenth century Utopian Dialogues’.

Rhona Brown (Glasgow): ‘James Beattie’s The Grotesquiad: A Case Study in Scottish Enlightenment Laughter and “Ludicrous Composition”’.

10.00-10.30: Coffee

10.30-12.00: Panel Nine: Laughter – Bawdy & Playful (B)

Chair: Kyna Hamill

Ivo Nieuwenhuis (Amsterdam): ‘Between seriousness and laughter: the image of satire as derived from some eighteenth-century Dutch cases’.

Moira Bonnington (Leeds): ‘Caricature and conundrum: An enquiry into the success of the Darly macaroni series of prints’.

Sara Crangle (Sussex): ‘”Feel[ing] the Dart: Satire, Gossip and Intimate Laughter’.

10.30-12.00: Panel Ten: The Press & Laughter

Chair: Adam Morton

Jo Poppleton (University of East Anglia): ‘”Called to the Office of Historiographer”: Satire and History in the John Bull pamphlets’.

Laurent Curelly (Université de Haute Alsace-Mulhouse): ‘News from the Moon: Laughter and Satire in John Crouch’s Royalist Newsbooks (1649-1652)’

Mark Knights (Warwick): ‘Corruption, satire, parody and the press'

12.00-12.10: Break

12.10-13.40: Panel Eleven: Medicine, consumption and laughter.

Chair: Mark Knights

Cassie Miura (Michigan): ‘”Dead Clods of Sadness or Light Squibs or Mirth”: Laughter in the Poetry of John Donne’.

Julian Ferraro (Liverpool): ‘Satire, Laughter and the appetite in the poetry of Pope’.

12.10-13.40: Panel Twelve: Learning and Laughter.

Chair: Adam Morton

Kelly Swartz (Princeton): ‘Experimental Maxims in English Literary Satire from Francis Bacon to Samuel Richardson’.

Ivana Bičak (Leeds): ‘Of Mice and Hogs: The Jocularity of Eighteenth-Century Neo-Latin Satire’.

13.40-15.00: Lunch

15.00- 16.45: Steven Zwicker (Washington University, St. Louis): ‘Laughter, scandal, and scorn: The arts of contempt in Restoration England’.

Chair: Mark Knights.

Optional, post-conference meeting: 16.45-17.15 The Future of the Early Modern Forum. The conference has been funded as part of the activities of the Early Modern Forum, which seeks to link early modern researchers across institutions via this website. The funding for that project is coming to an end, so the aim of the meeting is to plan next steps. At the moment the partners are Warwick, Yale, Boston, USC/Huntington, Vanderbilt and the Sorbonne; but it seems to make sense to widen participation further, so if you are interested in joining or simply want to find out more please do come along.