CFP: Eleventh Annual Quarry Farm Symposium “Gilded Age Humor”

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2024 Quarry Farm Symposium on “Gilded Age Humor”

Oct 18 and Oct 19, 2024

Elmira, New York

The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College is partnering with Studies in American Humor to host the annual Quarry Farm Symposium during the Fall 2024 semester, from October 18 to October 19.  The theme for the Symposium is “Gilded Age Humor.” It will feature a keynote address by Tracy Wuster, author of Mark Twain: American Humorist and long-time executive director of the American Humor Studies Association.

“The ‘Brains’ that achieved the Tammany victory at the Rochester Democratic Convention” by Thomas Nast. Harper’s Weekly (Oct.21, 1871)

The annual symposium gathers scholars from various fields each year around a theme related to Mark Twain Studies or the nineteenth century more broadly and is held at the historic Quarry Farm site in Elmira, New York. Presenters may be invited to submit a version of their presentation for publication in a special of issue of Studies in American Humor, which will be published in Fall 2025.

We invite submissions on a wide range of subjects related to humor in or about the Gilded Age, including:

  • Literary humor
  • Mark Twain
  • Political Cartoons
  • Social satire
  • Periodical Humor
  • Visual Arts
  • Contemporary Representations of the Gilded Age
  • Gender, Race, Class and Gilded Age Humor
  • Nationalism, Transnationalism

Please send 200-word paper abstracts and either a CV or biographical statement to David Gillota ([email protected]) by February 1st, 2024.