Thu Jan 10. Lecture by Giselinde Kuipers, Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Amsterdam
You're laughing at something when it suddenly hits you that the other international students in the group are blankly looking back at you. Ouch! Why is it that something is funny for some but not for others? Dutch sociologist and Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Amsterdam Giselinde Kuipers is the humor expert in Holland and takes us on a journey through the world of humor. She will explore the ingredients of humor; what it takes for something to be ‘funny’; and what sex, education and diverse cultures have to do with it. This evening you will discover the frameworks which invisibly guide what we laugh at and why we think it's funny.
Giselinde Kuipers is a Dutch sociologist and currently Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. With a Master of Art (cum laude) in cultural anthropology and a PhD (cum laude) in sociology she is one of the leading scientists in her field of expertise. Author of Good Humor Bad Taste: A Sociology of the Joke among other works dealing with (comparative) research on the sociology of humor.