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.
IMPORTANT UPDATE – Call Deadline Extended to 31 August 2019
In response to requests for an extension of the submission deadline for the 26th Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference, the organising committee has extended the closing deadline to 31 August. The committee would like to thank those who have already submitted their abstracts.
The 26th AHSN Conference will take place from Wednesday afternoon to Friday evening, 5-7 February 2020 at the Griffith University South Bank Brisbane campus. It is hosted by Professor Cliff Goddard, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, Brisbane, and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR).
The theme of the conference is ‘Laughter and Belonging’. Laughing together can be a powerful force for bonding and bringing people closer to one another, but laughter and humour can also be divisive and exclusionary. This year’s theme invites presentations on either or both aspects of laughter and humour. As in previous AHSN conferences, however, presentations are welcome on all aspects of social laughter and humour, and from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including not only humour studies as such, but also literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, politics, psychology, philosophy, history, comedy studies, law, creative practices, sociology, communication studies and others.
Visit the 26th AHSN Conference webpage for details on making a submission, keynote speakers, important dates and travel and accommodation options.
For all enquiries, please email us.
As in previous AHSN conferences, proposals from research students are particularly encouraged. There are five postgraduate scholarships available, based on merit. The scholarships will waive the registration fee and successful candidates will be advised as soon as possible after 31 August.
The 26th AHSN Conference is co-hosted by the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR).
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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