Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Friday, May 30 3:30pm-5:00pm Vallee-300

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Culture
Session Code: SoCul6
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Often times, sessions at academic conferences engage with ‘heavy’ subject matter. While identifying, analyzing and problematizing these issues are key strengths of sociology, this session solicits papers that explore the lighter side of the discipline. Keeping with the conference theme, this panel seeks to toy with the “Borders without Boundaries” internal to sociology. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the sociology of humour, laughter and/or happiness, cartoons, dance, carnivals, theater, art, or partying. There are no limits to the fun-tastic!

Session Organizer: Marc Sinclair, York University, Department of Sociology,

Chair: Marc Sinclair


1.     Beth Stupple, Laurel Collins 

Playing with Fun: Creating Counter-Hegemonic Spaces Through Immediacy and Amusement

2.     Julia Hemphill, Chris Sanders 

 Transcending or Constructing Social Boundaries? Discursive Ambiguities in Contemporary Humour in Stand-Up Comedy and Late-Night Television

3.     David Feltmate  

Between the Sociology of Comedy and a Comic Sociology: Can We Bridge the Gap?

4.     Saeed Hydaralli  

The pleasures of mobility: the sensory dimensions of bicycling

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