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19:00 - 21:00 18 November 2014
Ha ha ha? Language and humour across languages and time
London Welsh Centre bar |
London Welsh Centre
157-163 Gray's Inn Road | London | WC1X 8UE | United Kingdom
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Laughter is generally regarded as something quintessentially human: being human means being able to laugh (or so Aristotle claimed). However, the things that make people laugh can vary quite considerably, and these differences may be magnified across time, languages and cultures.
In this session of Café Culture, UCL academics Geraldine Horan and Seb Coxon and comedian Anna Chen aim to take a closer look at this issue. Join them to find out whether humour can ever really be a serious subject, and to debate such questions as: How do jokes work? Can jokes be translated from one language to another? What is the history of joking? To what extent are we able to understand jokes from another historical period or culture?
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