(Okay, so this one isn't directly Renaissance-y, but it was such a great title that I couldn't resist reposting.)
Georgia State New Voices Conference 2010, October 7-9:
What makes us laugh? Why is humor such an important cross-cultural phenomenon and universal human trait? What are the genres of humor and comedy? Can postmodernism and critical theory be funny? How can we teach humor? What are the theories of laughter? How do we research and write about humor, comedy, laughter, wit, satire, and jokes across disciplines? How global is humor? What is the place of humor in academia and in popular culture?
The Georgia State New Voices 2010 conference is interested in an academic exploration of the role of humor in literature, rhetoric, and all its other myriad permutations. Interdisciplinary and collaborative submissions are not only welcomed, but encouraged, and we look forward to hearing from you all!
Abstracts should be limited to 500 words, and be submitted to NewVoices@langate.gsu.edu by September 1, 2010.