CfP: Special edition of Humanities: DEFLATING DICTATORS

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Call for Papers: Special edition of Humanities: DEFLATING DICTATORS

After the opening of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, hopes were high that other dictatorships around the world might fall as well. The new millennium ushered in a domino effect after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the wars that led to the elimination of Saddam Hussein and the dispersal of the Taliban. And yet many tyrants have stayed in power, waging war and violating human rights. When tools of diplomacy and weapons of war fail, what ammunition remains to fight them? .

The upcoming issue of the journal Humanities seeks to publish analyses of current efforts by satirists and humorists to call attention to the injustice and abuse by autocrats. How are satire and the related mode of humor currently functioning, despite censorship, in oppressive regimes?

A few examples of such artworks include  Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin;  United States of Banana by Latinx/Puerto Rican poet Giannina BraschiMasasit Mati acting group’s finger-puppet show series “Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator”, created to deflate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad; and Trevor Stankiewicz’s  satirical play The Darfur Compromised.

Please send abstracts or inquiries to Jill Twark, East Carolina University, twarkj@ecu.edu. Deadline October 30, 2019.

For more details: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2019/07/06/deflating-the-dictators-satire-humor-and-twenty-first-century-tyranny.

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