The Power of Humor
The Power of Humor: Politics, Religion and Charlie Hebdo began as a comparative study of extreme French and American satire. In the early stage of my research, I decided to switch my focus solely to Charlie Hebdo, as there is not a comparable controversial American satirical magazine. For the purpose of collecting data, I focused primarily on major controversies or major events within the past decade, and reviewed the issues directly before and after each controversy. I reached out directly to Charlie Hebdo via email, and reviewed editorial pieces written by Charlie Hebdo editors. While reviewing the issues, I focused on the frequency of themes depicted, and the ways in which they were depicted. I took into account the context of the cartoon within the theme of each page (some pages focused more on one religion, or a particular political party), as well as the size and visibility of each cartoon within the layout of the page. I then compiled this information to understand Charlie Hebdo on a larger scale.
The Power of Humor: Politics, Religion and Charlie Hebdo was presented at the Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum in April 2016. The paper was awarded the Carl Jantzen Award for the Best Paper in Cultural Anthropology by the Miami University Department of Anthropology in May 2016.
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