Interdisciplinary Huddles amount to an experiment arising from my experience in previous conferences, during which I often have found myself in a panel or lecture approaching humor studies from well outside my home discipline. I have realized that these occasions invariably lead to new insights of immense value – and so I thought we might try not only to make these ‘mismatches’ happen on purpose, but in such contexts that active discussion amongst disciplines becomes the point rather than a passing benefit.
Interdisciplinary Huddles will take place on Monday afternoon, 27 June, prior to the formal Welcome and Presidential Address and in the Trinity space occupied by the research-oriented Innovation Academy.
Interested participants will be assigned to four- or five-person ‘working groups’, each led by a specially briefed convenor. We therefore ask interested delegates to register here with Name and Primary Discipline (there is no charge for the session), so that we can ensure a diverse mix for each group. Convenors will be equipped with discussion prompts, while at the same time prepared to pursue questions posed to the rest of the group by individual delegates and to let conversations proceed as they may. The small-group, informal nature of the discussion should allow for an air of serious play with and amongst ideas from various orientations. (We may even try an element of ‘speed huddling’ so as to increase the mix of thought and interest as much as possible.) To sign up complete the form on the right.
Humor as Embodied Practice