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About Maggie Hennefeld

Maggie Hennefeld is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and author of Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes, published by Columbia University Press.

Articles by Maggie Hennefeld

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Comedy is part of feminist history—and we need it more than ever

Feminism has always been mobilized and strengthened through collective joyful laughter.

“They can shut me up, but they can’t change the truth.”

There is a silent war on dissenting amusement afoot. But it's a slippery slope we're on when the criminalization of laughter can lead to punitive arrest, as in the case of activist Desiree Fairooz.

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