Fourth Brown Bag of the Semester – Susan Seizer

This lecture can be heard here.

Susan Seizer, Associate Professor: Indiana University’s Department of Communication and Culture

Double-Voiced Parody: Stewart Huff Plays a Bigot

Susan Seizer is an Associate Professor in the department of Communication & Culture at IU. Trained as a cultural anthropologist (PhD University of Chicago, 1997), she is also an affiliate faculty member of the departments of Gender Studies, Anthropology, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, and American Studies, as well as the India Studies Program. One of Seizer’s longstanding research and teaching interests is the study of humor in use, both in everyday life and in live performance contexts.

Seizer conducted first ethnographic research in South India during the 1990s among a community of Tamil theater artists. Her bookStigmas of the Tamil Stage (Duke University Press 2005) won the prestigious A. K. Coomaraswamy Book Prize awarded by the Association for Asian Studies in 2007 for that year’s best book in South Asian Studies. It’s central three chapters focus closely on the comedic scenes in Special Drama (see

Seizer’s current research project is an ethnographic study of professional standup comics who play the comedy club circuit in middle America. She recently completed production on her first ethnographic film. the documentary Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages (53 min, 2012) that is currently playing in select venues and film festivals across the Midwest. Her talk today focuses on the creative process of Stewart Huff, one of the road comics profiled in the film. (Screen Road Comics streaming at

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