Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Sub-Project F06

Humor in social movements (1975-86): Dis-ordering und re-ordering by affective strategies of diagnosis and mobilization

Project Term July 2015 till June 2019
Head of Project Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer
Research Associate Henning Hahn, M.A.

This project investigates two pivotal protest movements from the 1970s/1980s (the peace and anti-nuclear movement, feminism) with a particular question in mind: what role did humor play? Chief among the objects of investigation is the relationship between two of humor’s functions qua social cement: one is outwardly directed, i.e. subversive; the other acts inwardly. Light will additionally be shed on the role of emotions in mobilization performances and mobilization strategies.