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”
Owing to ongoing travel restrictions in response to the global pandemic, the 2021 AHSN Conference will take place as two interconnected events:
Registration for the 2021 AHSN Conference is now open for all presenters and in-person attendees. The cut-off for earlybird fees is 15 January 2021. Registration will close 29 January 2021.
All presenters, whether online or in person, and all in-person attendees at the conference must register and pay the appropriate fee.
The online event will be run on an open access model. While online presenters pay registration to cover technical support and online infrastructure costs, audience members may access the program without registration. Login details will be posted closer to the date on the Conference webpage.
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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