The international conference “Religion and Humor” focused on the role of humor in different religious traditions, as revealed through their sacred texts and spiritual practices. Scholars from various academic backgrounds and different religious traditions explored new avenues for thinking about how religion and humor could be understood in the context of both traditional and contemporary societies.
The conference was organized by Department of Eastern Christian Studies (Sankt Ignatios College), University College Stockholm and took place from February 17-19 at Sankt Ignatios College, Nyköpingsvägen 22, Södertälje – Stockholm.
It was supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
If you intend to attend the conference, please register via this email: email@example.com, since the number of available places is limited.
The program of the conference:
Thursday, February 17
17.30 Conference opening
Michael Hjälm (dean)
Friday, February 18
Moderator: Davor Džalto
9.30-10.00 The Sacred Laughter: The Culture of Humor in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature
10.00-10.30 Parody and Prayer – Medieval Jewish Communities and Their Ways of Humoristic Relief
Peter Sh. Lehnardt
Moderator: Frederick Lauritzen
11.30-12.00 Humor between Theory and Practice: A Critical Reading of Humor in the Islamic Scripture and the Prophet’s Life
12.00-12.30 God’s Laughter and Man’s Anger: Reframing joke and humor in Islamic Theology and Law
Moderator: Michael Hjälm
14.30-15.00 Did Christ Laugh? A Normative Discourse on Laughter in a Medieval Monastic Context
15.00-15.30 Buffalmacco and la Beffa: Humorous Expressions of Religion and Religious Expressions of Humor in the Italian Renaissance
Saturday, February 19
Moderator: Idris Nassery
10.00-10.30 Laughing Saints and Righteous Patients: Humor and Laughter in Byzantine Collections of Miracle Stories
10.30-11.00 The Byzantine Theology of Laughter
11.00-11.30 Religious Satire: Freedom and Respect in Interreligious Dialogue
Moderator: Stavroula Constantinou
14.30-15.00 Humor in the Gospel of John Vladan Tatalović
15.00-15.30 It’s a sin? Laughter and Humour vs. Religion in Byzantium
15.30-16.00 Apophatic and Emancipatory Dimensions of Humor: The Case of Orthodox Christianity
16.30 Concluding remarks