Laughing in the Face of Fear: Online Happy Hour

24 May 2021, @ Zoom
With Karsten Blomvik, No Direction Home and Heidi Hakkarainen
Join an online happy hour with video-joking-around by guests followed by a panel discussion on how people and society deal with fear and/of change through humour.

Mingle with artists, researchers, strangers and jokers at the computer just for the Borderline Offensive Festival!
Work language is English, drinks not included.

@ Zoom

18:00 Interventions from Karsten Blomvik and Selam Mengistu (No Direction Home).

18:20 Panel conversation with Karsten Blomvik, Selam Mengistu (No Direction Home), and Heidi Hakkarainen, University of Turku: How do people use humour to make sense of change, their fears and the uncontrollable unknown?

19:00 Digital cheers!
Karsten Blomvik
Stand-up comedian from Norway. Karsten has a perfect understanding of what makes a joke work and can entertain any audience with his hilarious anecdotes about uniquely Norwegian experiences.
No Direction Home
This stand-up programme is a unique new course for aspiring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds. No Direction Home is run by Counterpoints Arts as part of their PopChange work, in partnership with Camden People's Theatre and comedian Tom Parry. Represented by Selam Mengistu.
Heidi Hakkarainen
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku, Finland. Her research interests include cultural history, urban history, nineteenth-century studies, history of emotions, popular culture, digital history and humour.

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