CFP: Colloquium on the Work of John M. Clarke Massey University, Palmerston North, 25-26 May 2018

Type of post: Association news item
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2018
John Clarke (1948-2017) was one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most accomplished and most celebrated humourists. From his early performances as the iconic character, Fred Dagg, to his creation of one of Australia’s most acclaimed screen comedies, The Games (1998-2000), and through his three decades of incisive comic interviews alongside Bryan Dawe, Clarke emerged as the pre-eminent antipodean political satirist, working across multiple media and formats. His influence was such that he did not simply embody the comic traditions of two nations but transformed and extended them. Clarke’s comedy occupies a central place in the cultural landscape of both countries that he called home.

One year after his untimely death in 2017, contributors are invited to propose papers for a colloquium that will critically examine his life and work. The event will be held at Massey University, Palmerston North—the city of Clarke’s birth and childhood—from May 25-26. The academic program is planned to accompany several other events remembering Clarke’s life and work.

Papers are welcome on any aspect of Clarke’s life and work, his relationship to comic and national traditions, his work across different media, and his role as a satirist, commentator and public figure. A limited number of papers may be selected for inclusion in a forthcoming 2019 special issue of the Journal of Comedy Studies [http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcos20/current] dedicated to Clarke’s comedy.

Submission of Abstracts and Bionotes

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, including a title and any essential references.  Please prepare a word-document using Times New Roman 12 pt font and double spacing. The Call will close on 18 March 2018. Submit your abstract, accompanied by a 150 word bio-note that includes your affiliation and contact details, by email to:
Dr Nicholas Holm
English and Media Studies
Massey University, Wellington

N.H.F.Holm@massey.ac.nz

Review Procedure
Abstracts will be independently reviewed in the order received by at least two members of the Colloquium Scientific Panel, comprising:
Nicholas Holm, Massey University, Wellington
Robert Phiddian, Flinders University, Adelaide
Jessica Milner Davis, Sydney University, Sydney
Anne Pender, University of New England, Armidale
Mark Rolfe, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Correspondence about the Colloquium should be addressed to Nicholas Holm (see details above).