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.
“Humour at Work: Applications, Industries and Economies”
Massey University, Wellington Campus, Aotearoa New Zealand
Close of Call and Update on Registration
Owing to ongoing travel restrictions in response to the global pandemic, the organising committee for the 2021 AHSN conference has decided to split the conference into two interconnected events:
The Call for papers has now closed. The 2021 AHSN conference will explore the industrial and economic aspects of humour, including but not limited to:
Close of general submissions: 9 October 2020
Notifications of acceptance: 31 October 2020
Registration will open after acceptances are finalised
Massey University: Nicholas Holm, Bryce Galloway
Victoria University of Wellington: Meredith Marra, Stephen Skalicky
Literature and Humanities
Media and Cultural Studies
Psychology and Health
Social Sciences and History
Visual Art and Practice
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