EVENTS

AUSTRALASIAN HUMOUR STUDIES NETWORK EVENTS

21ST ANNUAL AHSN CONFERENCE 4-6 FEBRUARY 2015 – CALL FOR PAPERS

"Humour: Politics, Pragmatics, Ethics”

The 21st AHSN Conference will take place 4 - 6 February 2015 at the State Library of South Australia, hosted by the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities (FIRtH). The organising team comprises four Flinders University staff: Dr Christine Nicholls (Australian Studies), Associate Professor Robert Phiddian (English), Dr Colette Mrowa-Hopkins (French) and Dr Antonella Strambi (Italian), assisted by Ms Joy Tennant, FIRtH administrative assistant (joy.tennant@flinders.edu.au).

CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals are welcome for papers from the broad range of humour studies, particularly those that bear on the social, cultural, political and linguistic functions of humour.

Each of the terms in the title has both a narrow and a broad application, and contributors are welcome to take any of those senses. The politics of laughter includes work specifically on political satire, but also on wider ideological uses of humour. Pragmatics might elicit papers from applied linguistics or from psychological, creative or workplace research involving the practicalities of humour. And ethics can address a range of questions about how, whether and when we should laugh, in a range of contexts such as the humour of minority groups, gendered or racially-inflected humour.

Humour Studies ranges across many disciplines and enables interdisciplinary dialogues, and we hope that the papers offered for this conference will reflect that rich variety. Post-graduate students researching humour-related topics are specially invited to present on their work-in-progress, and there will be some scholarships to assist postgraduate attendance.

Keynotes for the conference will include Cliff Goddard, Professor of Linguistics at Griffith University, and Peter Marks, Associate Professor of English at the University of Sydney.

TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL:

1. Please prepare an Abstract in a word.doc or .docx format, using Times New Roman 11 pt font. Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, including references (if required). Do NOT use foot- or end-notes. Please retain a dated copy for your own records.
2. Click here to access the submission website to upload your proposal doc on-line and follow the prompts. Please make sure you also enter the required personal data.

Notes:

  • AHSN Review Procedures are outlined on the website.
  • As in previous years, a small number of Post-Graduate Scholarships will be awarded to the first successful proposals from research students.
  • To receive auto-updates about the Conference, please use the side-link ‘Subscribe to e-Newsletter’, if necessary to add your current email address for the AHSN e-Newsletter, The Humour Studies Digest.

THE CALL CLOSES ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2014

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

Joint Seminar for AHSN and MEMC (Medieval And Early Modern Studies Centre)

“Accessing English Humour in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Texts: Sources, Contexts, Intentions, Reception”

MEMC (The Medieval and Early Modern Centre) and AHSN are holding a Joint Seminar in Second Semester 2014 at University of Sydney
Time: 17 September 2014, 4.00 – 6.30pm
Location: Common Room, John Woolley Building (N480 – 4th floor), University of Sydney, Camperdown (main) campus.

Programme (to be followed by refreshments):

1. “The Old English Riddle 86 and the Nature of Anglo-Saxon Humour”. April Bertels-Garnsey

2. “Classroom Insults and Humour in Byrhtferth's Enchiridion”. Anna Wallace

3. “Humour and Deception in Versions of Tristan and Isolde”. Chenoa Hunter

4. Humour in the Early Robin Hood Ballad (concerning the intersection of humour, finances, and the Church). Sabina Rahman

Discussants: Em. Prof. Conal Condren FAHA FASSA (University of Queensland); Prof. Daniel Anlezark (University of Sydney, TBC)

All AHSN members and guests are welcome, but please contact for catering purposes and further directions: Dr Jessica Milner Davis, AHSN Co-ordinator