26th Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference

5-7 February 2020

Griffith University, Brisbane, South Bank Campus


Theme:  Laughter and Belonging

 Call for Abstracts:

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 conference theme “Laughter and Belonging” particularly 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.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts are limited to 500 words only including references (if required). Abstracts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Please refer to the AHSN Guidelines for Presenters (LINK) and the Review Procedures of the AHSN (LINK).

To submit your proposal for a paper, you must first register as a ‘User’ on this website. To create your personal account, please REGISTER, and make sure to select ‘Author’ as your role. You may then ‘Log in’ and follow the prompts on ‘User Home’ for you as an Author to ‘Make New Submission’ and upload your Proposal.

Successful applicants will be advised of review outcomes in order of submission and in all case by no later than 1 October 2019.

Presenters are required to subscribe to our free e-Newsletter “The Humour Studies Digest” while submitting their abstracts. It is also possible to subscribe following the link: https://mailman.sydney.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/ahsn-members

Important Dates:

Submission portal opens on June 1, 2019

Submission portal closes on August 31, 2019

Acceptance advice by October 1, 2019

Registration for presenters and non-presenters August 1, 2019 –  January 8, 2020

Conference dates:  February 5-7, 2020

Presentation Format

You will have the opportunity to choose the format of your presentation.

-Standard conference talk: 20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for discussion.

-Practical workshop: You can submit a proposal to run a "hands-on" performance-based workshop of 60 minutes.

-Speed talk panel: A feature of the 2020 conference will be a multi-disciplinary panel of 5-6 presenters who will each have 5 minutes to give a short-focused overview of their work. This will be followed by 30-40 minutes of discussion.

Please express your interest in your abstract if you want to be considered for workshop or speed talks panels.

Postgraduate Scholarships

As in previous AHSN conferences, proposals from research students are particularly encouraged. There are five postgraduate scholarships available based on merits. The scholarship will waive the registration fee. The successful candidates will be advised as soon as possible after August 31.


Should you have any questions or need any help, please contact us at ahsn2020conference@gmail.com


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Please note that this is the Submission website only. More information on the Conference is available on the main AHSN website where you will read more about the AHSN and its activities:



Abstracts and proceedings from previous year’s conference are archived at the link below.

2019: 25th Australasian Humour Studies Network Annual Conference

6-8 February, 2019
RMIT University, Melbourne

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25th AHSN conference abstracts

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