April 5-8, 2017

This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in stand-up comedy from a range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to philosophy, performance studies, women's and gender studies, African-American studies, theatre, art history, and culture studies. 

In addition to academic papers, panels, comments, and discussion, the conference also includes workshops, an open mic night, roundtable discussion with comedians, and stand-up comedy performances. | Conference Program

REGISTER NOW Online registration is available until Monday, March 20.

After that, only on-site registration will be available and may not include meals or entertainment.

block of rooms are on hold at the conference hotel, the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg. When reserving a room, please mention "Aesthetic & Ethics."  Please contact conference organizers if you qualify for a travel stipend because you are a student or are underemployed.

Workshop Leaders

  • Mitch Alexander, Comedian, Philosophy Postgrad, Monash University
  • Oliver Double, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Arts, University of Kent
  • Cori Healy, American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • Amy Seham, Professor of Theatre and Dance and Women’s and Gender Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College
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Keynote Speakers

  • Noël Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Oliver Double, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Arts, University of Kent
  • Cynthia Willett, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy and Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Philosophy, Emory University
  • Jason Zinoman, Comedy Critic for The New York Times


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Accessibility and Inclusivity

We are adopting the British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy (BPA/SWIP) recommended good practices.

We aim to host an inclusive conference, and we will do our best, within our budgetary constraints, to accommodate all participants. We are committed to lowering the barrier of participation for disabled participants and will do our best to make the conference fully accessible and welcoming. To this end we will anticipate needs and aim to make accommodations in response to all requests. Childcare will be made available as needed. || Learn more about Accessibility Resources at Bucknell.

Graduate Students and Underwaged Academics

We will provide travel assistance, within our budgetary constraints, for student and unwaged academics.

Conference Organizers

  • Sheila Lintott (Bucknell University)
  • Jason Leddington (Bucknell University)
  • Diane Jakacki, (Bucknell University)
  • Meenakshi Ponnuswami (Bucknell University)
  • Alex Skitolsky (Goddard College)
  • Nikki Young, (Bucknell University)
  • Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds)
  • Steven Gimbel, (Gettysburg College)
  • Jane Baker (Bucknell University academic assistant)
  • Martha Shaunessy (Bucknell University academic assistant)

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