Image 1Image 2Australasian Humour Studies Network

Welcome to Australasian Humour Studies Network

The Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) focuses upon emerging research into humour and laughter and promotes links between humour scholars in different academic departments and geographical locations. It is a loose network linking Australian and New Zealand humour scholars and practitioners in different academic and geographical locations. From 40 members and 10 different disciplines in 1997, AHSN has grown rapidly. By its 11th Conference in 2006, it comprised 150 scholars and practitioners from over 20 different academic disciplines and professions. By its 24th Annual Conference in 2018, that had become more than 350 members, principally from Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand but also from S-E Asia and further afield.

Hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, AHSN supports isolated scholars researching humour-related topics by offering a program of annual Conferences and other resources, including links to the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS). Conference proposals are peer-reviewed for quality and to ensure wide participation from different perspectives, including from practitioners as well as academic specialists. In researching humour and laughter, it has long been recognized that multi-disciplinary enquiry is the key to achieving significant insights into such complex forms of human behaviour.