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Saturday March 16 | Session 15:05 - 16:35 (15 min) De Brakke Grond | Steegzaal
In this presentation, I deconstruct popular notions of humour as a form of protest and resistance by taking Dutch political cabaret of the 1960s and 1970s as my case study. Cabaret groups from this period in particular are remembered for their ‘protest songs’ and have been celebrated for breaking taboos and speaking truth to power (Ibo 1970). In my presentation, I point to the existence of a neglected genre that I call the ‘anti-protest song’. Through an analysis of the humour aesthetics and political implications of a sample of these songs, I argue that Dutch comedians have often paradoxically employed humour to protest against protest.

Dick Zijp is teacher in the BA programme Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Zijp holds a Bachelor in Theatre Studies and Philosophy and a Master in Art
Studies (all cum laude) and graduated in 2014 at the University of Amsterdam. He currently writes his PhD on the workings of social critique and the political implications of humour in the Dutch cabaret tradition (1960s-present). Zijp also works as a teacher in the Bachelor of Cabaret at the Koningstheateracademie in Den Bosch and as a cabaret critic for NRC Handelsblad.
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