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.
The 27th annual conference of the Australasian Humour Studies Network will take place in Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand, from 3-5 February 2021 at Massey University. The conference will be open to all scholars studying any aspect of humour, but in particular will welcome presentations on the theme of ‘Humour at Work: Applications, Industries and Economies.’ This includes any research concerned with the industrial and economic aspects of humour, such as:
Literature and Humanities
Media and Cultural Studies
Psychology and Health
Social Sciences and History
Visual Art and Practice
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