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Australasian Humour Studies Network

Working together to explore the big questions: What are humour and laughter?
Humour is intangible, so how do we understand it? The Australasian Humour Studies Network connects multidisciplinary scholars and practitioners to achieve insights into this complex aspect of human behaviour.

We support scholars researching humour-related topics by offering a program of annual conferences and other resources, including links to the International Society for Humor Studies.

Our focus is on emerging research into humour and laughter and promoting links between humour scholars in different academic departments and geographical locations.

Our network has grown from 40 members across 10 different disciplines at our first conference in 1997 to more than 350 members by our 24th Annual Conference in 2018. Our members are primarily based in Australia and New Zealand, but also come from South-East Asia and elsewhere.

Our work

The Australasian Humour Studies Network annual conference

  • 6-8 February 2019
  • RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Theme: Humour in all its forms: On screen, on the page, on stage, on air, online …

Our annual conference brings scholars together and helps support research students dealing with humour-related topics. Each year’s conference offers a platform for post-graduates to present on either finished work or work-in-progress and to receive feedback and advice from established humour scholars grounded in disciplines varying from political science, psychology, health, linguistics, religious studies, performance and media studies to business, tourism, law and cultural and literary history.

Conference proposals are peer-reviewed for quality and to ensure wide participation from different perspectives, including from practitioners as well as academic specialists.

Conference information  

Please visit this page for more information on presenting at and attending the Conference or email us.

Review panel

The network is directed by a multidisciplinary committee that maintains academic standards, for example, by reviewing abstracts submitted for the annual conference, evaluating proposals to host conferences and planning workshops and seminars.

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