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.
Being cautiously optimistic in these difficult times, and on the assumption that the the Conference in Wellington in February next year can take place for attendees from within Australasia at least, the Organising Committee has now opened the Call for proposals.
The Conference theme is ‘Humour at Work: Applications, Industries and Economies’
The 2021 conference of the AHSN invites papers that explore the industrial and economic aspects of humour, including but not limited to:
**Please note that papers and presentations that do not directly address the theme of ‘Humour at Work’ are more than welcome. Being the official conference of the AHSN, researchers and practitioners working on any and all aspects of the study of humour are welcome.
Papers from research students on their work in progress are especially welcome and a number of scholarships will be awarded for the best student proposals.
Contributors from outside the university, especially those who are involved in the production and distribution of comedy, are especially welcomed.
Literature and Humanities
Media and Cultural Studies
Psychology and Health
Social Sciences and History
Visual Art and Practice
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