I was invited to do a keynote speech on humor for a crowd of researchers and practitioners working with cross-cultural themes during the 14th annual IACCM conference in Vienna, Austria.
I titled the speech “Humor in cross-cultural interaction: Are we having a laugh?” partially to reflect the complexity of humor in cross-cultural context, partially to remind myself that the audience will probably expect some good ol’ funny bits in the speech — not only research and theories. As E. B. White noted once, in what since became the most used quote in relation to humor research, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”
And we, humor scholars, often tend to overkill the frog, so to speak. However, given that the audience laughed in what appeared to be the right moments, I think I managed to keep it alive for some time.
(Apologies for the poor quality, but if you set it to HD, voice should be clear and audible.)
I would also like to thank Barbara Covarrubias Venegas for trusting my funny bone and inviting me to speak at the conference in the first place and Anna Zelno for streaming the keynote.