How does humor work, and what do we do when it becomes controversial? Where do we draw the line between the so-called ‘right to offend’ and the ‘right not be offended’? How do judges make these decisions when dealing with contentious cartoons? The importance of these questions has been dramatically illustrated by recent events, such as the brutal murder of French school teacher Samuel Paty, who showed Charlie Hebdo’s provocative Muhammad caricatures during a class on freedom of expression. During this interactive lecture, we will explore the controversies surrounding humor from a variety of perspectives. In the first half, Alberto Godioli will show how courts deal with humor in the context of free speech regulation, setting the basis for a group discussion of selected recent cases. In the
second half, Sanne Boekel will share her experience as a cartoonist and illustrator and will lead a hands-on workshop in which you will have the opportunity to create your own cartoons!
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