'Translating Humour: How to be Funny in Many Languages' - Public Lecture presented by Roger Pulvers

Fri 25 Nov 2022 3:30pm5:00pm


In-person and via Zoom https://uqz.zoom.us/j/89418848071

E215, Forgan Smith Building (#1)


It is often said that humour—be it in the form of subtle irony, biting satire or classic jokes—translates badly across cultures.


Japanese humour… Jewish humour… Australian humour… they are all three sides of the same coin … so to speak…. NB: Video clips will be shown that may result in laughter.

About the Presenter 

Honorary Professor Roger Pulvers is an acclaimed translator, author, playwright, journalist and theatre and film director who has published more than fifty books in Japanese and English. He has worked extensively in film and television and was assistant to director Nagisa Oshima on the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie, Tom Conti and Ryuichi Sakamoto. He received the prominent Noma Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 2013, and the prestigious Miyazawa Kenji Prize in 2008. He was awarded Japan’s highest honour, the Order of the Rising Sun, in 2018 and the Order of Australia in 2019.

NB. the time of the event is 3:30–5pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). 
Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland.