RELIGION AND HUMOR – NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT
We invite papers that address the diverse ways in which the relationship between humor and religion are expressed.
The relationship between religion and humor has long been an issue of conflict, based on the perception that humor and religion are incompatible. Recent debates on the Muhammad cartoons have brought to the fore the clash between ideas of freedom, such as the freedom of speech, on the one hand, and the respect and consideration for religion, on the other hand. Still, religion and humor are in continuous dialogue, negotiating ways to relate to each other in a tension-filled public sphere. What makes people laugh varies between countries, groups and may change over time. We invite papers that address the diverse ways in which the relationship between humor and religion are expressed. This includes, but is not limited to, the production of humor on religion/religious humor, media representations of humor and religion, responses and attitudes to humor and religion, and the social, cultural and political consequences of religion in humor.
PÅL KETIL BOTVAR, ANN KRISTIN GRESAKER & OLAV HOVDELIEN
KIFO Institute for Church, Religion and Worldview Research, Norway
Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway