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Sense of Humour and Religion: Deepening our Understanding of Religious Personality Seminar

Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
24 October 2013
Venue:
Building 44, Room 3035 University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Allyson Marchi on 02380 599645 or email A.Marchi@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Historically, the relations between religion and laughter or humor, at least within monotheistic contexts, have been rather ambiguous. There is of course (a) humor in religion, but there often exists (b) humor at religion as well as (c) dispositions of religion against humor or forms of it.

 Historically, the relations between religion and laughter or humor, at least within monotheistic contexts, have been rather ambiguous. There is of course (a) humor in religion, but there often exists (b) humor at religion as well as (c) dispositions of religion against humor or forms of it. This talk will focus on the last, third perspective, and this from a personality and social psychological perspective.

In a series of studies that will be presented, it was investigated whether religion, or specific religious forms, reflects or impacts (is detrimental for) humor in general and different humor performances and styles in particular. The opposite causal direction was also investigated, i.e. whether amusement as emotion impacts religion and spirituality. The discussion will focus on the implications of the above for a deeper understanding of the religious personality and religion's functions and on key open issues such as the cross-cultural/religious generalizability of the findings.

Speaker information

Professor Vassilis Saroglou, UC Louvain, Belbium. Vassilis Saroglou is Professor of psychology at the Université catholique de Louvain, member and past chair of the Division of Social Psychology and director of the Centre for Psychology of Religion.

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