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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.

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The 26th AHSN Conference will take place from 5-7 February 2020 at The Ship Inn on the Griffith University South Bank Brisbane campus.

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.

Registration is now closed for attending this Conference, but enquiries by email are welcome. 

Visit the 26th AHSN Conference webpage for details on keynote speakers, registration, important dates and travel and accommodation options. View the conference programme (pdf, 1.7 MB).

The 26th AHSN Conference is co-hosted by Professor Cliff Goddard of Griffith University’s School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, and 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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