The Objects of the Enlightened Laughter
This text presents the concept behind the interdisciplinary
conference Enlightened Laughter and this electronic publication.
The conference was organized by Bulgarian society for 18th century
studies and took place in University of Sofia at 3 and 4 April 2004.
The participants were scholars from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
lecturers from several other Bulgarian universities and guests from
Macedonia and Turkey.
Organizers tried to encourage their colleagues to
deal with several topics:
Laughter as social, psychological and cultural phenomenon;
Laughter, comic and parody in literature, art and
culture from the age of Enlightenment and their effects in other
periods of Bulgarian, Balkan and European culture;
Laughter in popular culture, etc.
Some observations on the text are offered, and some