The Fourteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May 16-19, 2018 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA)
Kevin Howley Professor of Media Studies Department of Communication DePauw University email@example.com
Drawing on classic and contemporary scholarship that examines the discursive power of political dissent in the satiric register, this session seeks to address the following questions: What role does satire play in such vexed and perilous times as these? Do we laugh to keep from crying? More critically, are we, as cultural critic Neil Postman famously put it, merely “amusing ourselves to death”? Or is satire a potent, if somewhat underappreciated, resource for resistance, resilience, and renewal in the wake of the ascent of anti-democratic forces; the deepening of social, political and economic inequalities; and the wholesale destruction of our fragile ecosystem? In correspondence with this year’s conference theme, Qualitative Inquiry in Troubled Times, this session examines the form, function, and political efficacy of satirical discourse in contemporary culture.
Theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative methodologies may include, but are not limited to, the following lines of inquiry:
* Satire as creative resistance
* Political mobilization within and through satire
* Satirical discourse and digital culture
* Satirizing neoliberalism
* Political satire in national, international, and transnational contexts
* Limits and possibilities of racial satire
* Assessing the efficacy of political satire
* Form and content in satirical discourse
* Satirical interventions in public policy
* Historical perspectives on political satire
Send 300-word abstracts, a short biographical statement, and contact information to the session organizer no later than October 30, 2017 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.