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THE 25TH AHSN CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPERS

The 25th Conference of the Australasian Humour Studies Network will take place from 6-8 February 2019 at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Theme: “Humour in all its forms: on screen, on the page, on stage, on air, online …”


Given that this is the silver anniversary of the AHSN conference, the theme has a scope that enables a broad disciplinary engagement and recognises that humour manifests in myriad of ways, a number of which are still unfolding. We are keen to hear about humour in all its forms.

Submitting a Proposal
To submit a proposal for a paper, please send an abstract to:

Abstracts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Proposals for panels of three presentations on a specific topic are welcome. Proposals from research students are particularly encouraged, with postgraduate scholarships available to the first five to successfully complete the review process.

The Call for Papers is now open and will close on 31 August 2018. Successful applicants will be advised of review outcomes in order of submission and in all case by no later than 15 October 2018. Please refer to the AHSN Guidelines for Presenters (below) and the Review Procedures of the AHSN which are posted on the AHSN website.

Presenters should also make sure they subscribe to the free AHSN e-Newsletter The Humour Studies Digest to ensure they receive all communications regarding the conference.

GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTERS
Topics and Subject Matter
Papers at AHSN conferences typically come from a very wide range of disciplines and should have a firm basis in humour and/or comedy studies to ensure that they are not disadvantaged in the review process.

Abstracts
Abstracts are limited to 500 words only including references (if required). Please do not use foot- or end-notes, and retain a dated copy for your own records. Please present your Abstract in a word.doc or docx using Times New Roman 12 pt, double spaced.

Length of Presentation
Papers are allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion; pre-organised panels of 3 presentations are allocated 90 minutes; and practical workshops of 60 minutes are welcome. Please time your presentation and allow time for questions. Questions from AHSN delegates will come from a variety of disciplines and may give you valuable new perspectives on your project.

Five Post-graduate Scholarships are available for the first five proposers to successfully complete submission, review and acceptance. Don’t miss out, get in early!

Draft Program Outline

  • Wed 6th Feb: 9.00am – 12.30pm informal workshops for postgraduates / Early Career Researchers with several established humour researchers and a book publisher. Followed by lunch, first plenary address, presentations and welcome drinks/nibbles from 6-7.30pm (exact times TBC).
  • Thurs 7th Feb: 9.00am start with second plenary address, presentations and conference dinner in the evening.
  • Fri 8th Feb: 9.00am start with third plenary address, presentations, and comedy debate to conclude conference followed by optional evening activity.
    Confirmed plenary speaker: Dr Jessica Milner Davis FRSN, University of Sydney, on “What Is Humour Studies? 25 Years of Inter-disciplinarity and the AHSN”
    Details of additional plenary speakers will be advised as soon as available.

Registration

All presenters and attendees, including Scholarship Winners, must register to attend. Please use the sidebar link on this page to visit the secure registration and payment site.

All conference enquiries should be forwarded to:

All presenters and attendees, including Scholarship Winners, must register to attend. Please use the sidebar link on this page to visit the secure registration and payment site.

All conference enquiries should be forwarded to:

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne next February!


The Conference Organising Committee

Dr Kerry Mullan, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
Assoc. Prof. Craig Batty, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University
Dr Sharon Andrews, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
Ms Justine Sless, La Trobe University